Whether you drink it for a quick hit of energy or a blast of mental focus – there is no denying a daily hit of caffeine has benefits.
But the problem is these effects are short-lived which means your regular one a day indulgence, can turn into two then three or more.
If that’s the case you may start to experience some of the common side effects associated consuming too much including an irregular heart rate, insomnia or dizziness.
From how caffeine can affect your body to signs you may be consuming too much, here FEMAIL takes at look and offers some alternatives if you are trying to cut down
It’s long been recognised caffeine is a quick-fire way to get a hit of energy and it helps with mental alertness too (stock image)
What are the safe limits for caffeine?
In moderation, caffeine is considered beneficial, however, this is generally limited to a daily intake of no more than 300-400mg per day.
This roughly equates to two medium barista style coffees, an amount that’s thought to be ‘safe’ for most.
This means that it is not commonly linked to side effects of irregular heart rate, insomnia or dizziness.
However, it is possible to develop a tolerance to caffeine, which means ever-greater doses are needed to achieve the same effect.
In moderation, caffeine is considered beneficial, however, this is generally limited to a daily intake of no more than 300-400mg per day (stock image)
Some of the signs and symptoms of excessive caffeine intake:
* A rise in body temperature
* Frequent urination
* Dizziness and headaches
* After the energy burst, an even greater feeling of fatigue
* Rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
* Restlessness and excitability
* Anxiety and irritability
* Trembling hands
Source: Better Health Victoria
Signs you are drinking too much caffeine
When caffeine intake increases over time a dependence can form – one that’s marked by splitting withdrawal headaches, regular dehydration, and feelings of lethargy.
If you think you may have a problem with your caffeine consumption, it’s important to cut down gradually.
Substitutes can include herbal teas, kombucha, coconut water, Macha or carob for chocolate.
How does caffeine affect the body?
Caffeine is classed as a stimulant because it increases the circulation of chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body.
In small doses, caffeine it can make you feel refreshed and focused. In large doses, it is likely to make you feel anxious and can lead to sleeping difficulties.
Caffeine is found in coffee, black and green tea, cocoa, cola soft drinks and energy drinks
The effects of caffeine are usually felt within 30 minutes of it being consumed and although short-term (anywhere up to two hours) these effects can include an increase in heart rate, greater mental alertness and more energy.
However, caffeine can also make you feel dehydrated because it is a diuretic (a diuretic promotes the increased production of urine).
It has been suggested caffeine does this because it increases blood flow through the kidneys.