Caffeine affects you in many ways

How much caffeine do you consume and how is it affecting you?

Kimberly Miller, Savannah Hirsch, and Jordan Iverson

Ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t stay awake? Most people turn to caffeine to give them a little boost to get through the day but how much do you consume? Could there be such a thing as too much caffeine? As shown in the pie chart, tea was the most popular source of caffeine which has 26 milligrams, with soda in second containing 34-46 milligrams. An anonymous source stated, “I don’t often [drink caffeine], but I do occasionally,” another source said, “If I don’t, I’m grouchy”.

Sometimes it is easy to find yourself drinking more caffeine than needed. The average adult consumes four hundred milligrams of caffeine per day, which is equal to four cups of coffee, ten cans of soda, or two energy drinks. The average teen, however, consumes one hundred milligrams which would be one cup of coffee, one to two cups of tea, or two to three cans of soda. If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing a caffeine overdose, some side effects may include migraines, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. If you find you have any of the symptoms some easy ways to rid the effects is to drink more water, exercise a few minutes each day, and eat foods that are high in potassium or magnesium.

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant made from coffee beans, yerba mate, and more. The stimulant is called trimethylxanthine.  Trimethylxanthine is a drug that shares traits with more well known drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin which would explain the powerful effects experienced during an overdose or withdrawal. To avoid this all together, be smart and drink up to 100 milligrams of caffeine each day, simple and clean.