Caffeine Jitters

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Got the jitters? Maybe it’s time to cut back on your daily cup of joe. While coffee and tea can be very healthy beverages, high doses of the caffeine they contain can be considered addictive and with potentially dangerous side effects.

Consider this: While you might have turned to caffeine to keep you awake for college all-nighters, it can have the same effect when you don’t want it. Insomnia is a common side effect for caffeine, making it harder to fall asleep and causing you to get less sleep overall.

Caffeine also tends to have a laxative effect, so drinking too much can lead to diarrhea. It can also make any case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) worse.

Unpleasant as all that might be, it’s fairly mild compared to the muscle breakdown, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate that can be caused by an excess of caffeine.

By all means, enjoy that cup of tea if it doesn’t irritate your body in any way. But pay attention to side effects – they’re your body’s way of saying, “No refill, please!”