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It is possible that you will have too much caffeine. Additionally, certain situations—like coffee on an empty stomach—can give caffeine a bad rap, when in fact other things are causing the problems.

All that said, I’m all for caffeine, just in moderation. Too much caffeine can literally give you a kick, especially if you consume too much at once. But how much is too much? I got you girl

Your recommended daily dose of caffeine

The FDA says people should have no more than 400 mg of caffeine each day. This is roughly equivalent to four eight-ounce cups of coffee.

Note that we say eight-ounce cups. That’s pretty small. And if you opt for an energy drink, be extra careful. Many options can have up to 250 mg of caffeine in one eight-ounce serving.

Is going over that cap really a big deal? If you only do it once in a while, probably not. But if you do it too much, you risk caffeine toxicity.

Plus, even a single day of too much caffeine can leave you with some pretty unwelcome side effects.

Side effects of excessive caffeine

No surprise: one of the main problems with too much caffeine is trouble sleeping. However, in addition to insomnia, too much caffeine can cause:

  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • High blood pressure
  • Heartbeat
  • An upset stomach
  • Heartburn

Obviously, too much caffeine can cause a lot of problems, leaving you feeling much worse than when you started. You probably wouldn’t want to trade that tiredness for the side effect you feel, right?

To avoid these unpleasant side effects, I recommend:

  • Mixing other things with caffeine. Consider what you consume along with caffeine. I love matcha green tea because it has caffeine but also L-theanine which has calming effects. Or you can always add a little ashwagandha to the mix to keep the jitters at bay.
  • Timing of your consumption. Drinking coffee or tea on an empty stomach can upset your digestive system. If you start your day with caffeine, eat something with it. It can be as simple as a quick shake with our protein powder or a banana. Then be careful about your caffeine intake at night. It can take up to six hours for your body to metabolize even half of the caffeine you’ve consumed. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, you can blame it on your afternoon consumption. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others, so be careful. If cutting out caffeine after noon helps you sleep well, it’s worth it.
  • Avoid too much at once. Too much caffeine can literally be toxic. And even if you don’t reach potentially health-threatening levels, there’s often a lot behind the jitters or nausea. Stick to about 75-160mg at a time. That’s roughly one or two eight-ounce cups of coffee. Wait about half an hour and see how you feel. If you’re still pooped, you can always have more. But there’s no way to get rid of too much caffeine other than waiting for it to wear off (yikes).
  • Find out where caffeine comes from. Some sources of caffeine (looking at you, energy drinks and pre-workouts) have so much that your risk of side effects is already high. To give your body a boost without paying for it, check out natural sources of caffeine like matcha green tea, smaller cups of coffee or our NEW! Increase the energy of the Pep Rally!

Just the right amount of Pep!

We created Pep Rally so you can get your caffeine from some of the best natural sources. Our new boost has 80mg of caffeine per scoop so it gives you a little boost without jitters or anything like that. If you really need to pump it up, you can have two scoops for 160mg of caffeine. Even then, you can’t trade fatigue for other side effects. Pep Rally actually also contains an amino acid called L-theanine that specifically fights anxiety and stress!

Plus, we’ve packed it with other key natural ingredients for long-lasting energy, such as:

Basically, it’s a healthier way to enjoy caffeine. So call a Pep Rally whenever you need it!

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