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1.) Panic/Anxiety Attacks
Caffeine helps keep us up and awake and disturbs the body’s natural “sleep time” clock. This can increase the body’s production of adrenaline which can lead to other health complications such as headaches.  

2.) Weight Gain
Countless medical studies have found conclusively that caffeine can have an adverse effect on some people. When our bodies are given too much caffeine, it can lead to Hyperinsulinism. This is a form of “metabolic syndrome,” which causes too much insulin to be secreted by the pancreas. When this happens, your body will not metabolize blood sugar properly, which over years can lead to weight gain and obesity. 

3.) Emotional Fatigue
Caffeine has an immediate impact on waking up our body. But when our brains are forced to be “awake” longer than it naturally wants to be – emotional fatigue sets it which creates a “drained effect,” on many people. 

4.) Addiction
Caffeine addition is just like any other substance abuse problem like being hooked on crack cocaine, except that being hooked on “colas, coffee or sports drinks” is legal. 

5.) Dehydration
Drinks with caffeine are not a good for of “hydration". Only water can do that. People feel their intake of water can be satisfied with drinking 3 coffees and 2 diet colas. There’s water in them so that counts as part of your daily 8 glasses we’re supposed to be drinking, right? Wrong. 

6.) PMS
Women to down a lot of coffee or sports drinks laced with caffeine tend to experience more severe and more frequent PMS symptoms than women that don’t drink coffee at all. Headaches, bloating and cramps are more common and frequent with caffeine consumption.
Caffeine Panic Attacks
Dehydration From Caffeine
Caffeine Addiction
Weight Gain From Caffeine
Caffeine's PMS Effect

Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine

How does caffeine affect the body?

Caffeine, being a stimulant, activates the nervous system. The nervous system's main component is the body's most important organ; the brain. The nervous system also includes small parts (such as nerves) throughout the entire body.

Caffeine interferes with typical brain activity. Since the brain is the control center for the entire body, caffeine alters the way in which every system acts.

Signals are sent from the brain to the rest of the body, including full body function, specific organ function, movement of limbs, movement of joints, etc. Caffeine changes and/or interferes with these signals.

What are the psychological effects?

Caffeine causes minor psychological problems, such as the following:

“Jitters”- feelings of nervousness and/or shakiness
Feelings of nervousness without physical shakiness
Confusion or "delirium" (a disturbed state of mind which comes with its own specific side effects)

Caffeine can also affect the mind in such a way that psychological disorders are worsened, or even created.

Anxiety (includes Panic Attacks)
Bipolar Disorder- Basically stated, this is a disorder which causes rapid mood swings, from mania (extreme feelings of happiness) to severe depression and/or suicidal thoughts. Since caffeine affects mood, these mood swings become worse and/or more frequent in caffeine users.

What are the physical effects?

Caffeine has been known to cause a vast amount of physical side effects. The following list includes some of the more common ones:

Nasal Problems
Stuffy nose
Runny nose
Trouble breathing
Visual/Balance Problems
Blurred vision
Rapid heart beat
Digestive Problems
Loss of appetite
Unusual hunger
Stomach ache (also includes nausea or cramping)
Dry mouth (includes unusual thirst and dehydration)
Dry skin
Kidney stones
Loss of appetite
Cold sweats
Tremors- involuntary quivering movements
Muscle pain/weakness
High blood pressure
Bone weakness
Lower body temperature or feelings of being unusually cold

Of course, depending on the individual situation, there are many other potential side effects. These are just a few. Caffeine can also have an effect on physical disorders, much like it does on psychological disorders. For example, caffeine can cause or worsen Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Osteoporosis, etc.

Overall, caffeine can have major side effects on the body, both psychological and physical. Most of the time, these side effects are not severe at all. However, one should still keep in mind that every individual's body functions differently. Caffeine, and other substances, therefore, will cause different side effects for everyone. This means that, sometimes, the effects of caffeine can be severe or even life threatening.


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