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1. You're easily startled.
Caffeine has the ability to speed up your central nervous system. The brain makes up the largest portion of the central nervous system and when it is sped up, you feel more alert. However, when too much coffee (or caffeine) is consumed, people become edgy, jittery, and jumpy.

2. Your heart is beating very fast. 
Caffeine boosts your body's adrenaline levels, which leads to unpleasant symptoms such as high blood pressure and increased heart rate. Extreme cases of caffeine overdoses that have led to hospitalization or even death, often involved individuals with pre-existing heart conditions.

3. Without your coffee you feel sick.
Nausea and vomiting are one of the main symptoms that manifest as a result of caffeine withdrawal. Flu-like symptoms have now been recognized as one of the many caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Flu-like symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, and stiffness. No one wants to be running to the bathroom after accidentally grabbing a decaf.

4. You feel generally anxious.
Caffeine and stress create many similar side effects on the mind and body. Stress is yet another sensation that spikes the body's adrenaline levels. Adrenaline produces the fight-or-flight response that is associated with anxiety. After one too many cups of coffee, you can end up feeling worried, nervous, and uneasy, instead of mildly alert.

5. You can't get any shut-eye. 
Caffeine may lead to sleep deprivation and insomnia. Your body provides you with warning signals that you need sleep; caffeine can cause your body to disregard these signals. If sleeping patterns are continuously disrupted by your high caffeine intake, you will end up depleted of energy and experiencing emotional fatigue.

6. You're sweaty. 
Caffeine may increase body temperature and blood flow to the skin and extremities. This means that throwing back multiple cups of coffee (iced coffee included) can leave you perspiring more than usual.

7. You're running to the bathroom.
Excessive caffeine does not only cause unpleasant symptoms like diarrhea, it also increases the production of urine due to its label as a diuretic. This is why it is suggested that you keep up your intake of water with every cup of coffee you consume.

8. Without your coffee you have a headache.
Severe headaches and even migraines are notable caffeine withdrawal symptoms. The unfortunate truth is that taking caffeine could then relieve these symptoms. This creates a viscous cycle of caffeine dependency, which is why you should work to gradually reduce your caffeine intake. Visit our Headaches page to learn about other causes of headaches.

9. Your stomach lining feels irritated.
People with a history of ulcers, acid reflux, and heartburn are recommended to skip the coffee. Drinking enough coffee frequently causes the overproduction of gastric acids that lead to uncomfortable stomach problems. In conclusion, the stomach lining can be negatively affected when you drink too much coffee.

10. You are craving a cup of coffee right now.
When you are used to drinking multiple cups of coffee a day, it becomes "the new normal" to be waiting for your next caffeine fix. Your caffeine tolerance goes up, but that doesn't prevent you from experiencing the inevitable "crash" after your morning coffee wears off. This leaves you craving another cup to maintain your alert demeanor, despite feeling fatigued.

Trade in Your Coffee for Tea
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You may be a loyal coffee drinker but if many of these points relate to you, it could be time to switch over to the tea-side. Tea provides pure hydration and the infusion of herbs can also provide fantastic antioxidants for your body. Tea comes in a variety of flavours that you can sample to keep things interesting. Instead of heightening the stress response, tea actually lowers it. Green tea specifically has been shown to provide a mood boost so you aren't left irritated without your morning joe. Tea can be purchased as caffeinated or de-caffeinated, and caffeinated teas are shown to provide more sustainable energy than the quick caffeine-high that results from coffee. Finally, tea can help boost your immune system when you are battling sicknesses and enhance sleep so that you are sure to make a quick recovery.
Try out DR-HO's cleansing Sereni-Tea to relax the body before bed, or DR-HO'S Vitali-Tea for a boost of vitality to start your day.

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Sources:

2015 Burns, Lucy. Livestrong. All Rights Reserved.  "Can coffee damage the lining of your stomach?"

2016 Haigh, Chris. Lifehack. All Rights Reserved. "10 Benefits of Drinking Tea Over Coffee."

2014. Mayo Clinic. All Rights Reserved. "Caffeine: How much is too much?"

2016. University of Michigan Health Service. All Rights Reserved. "Caffeine."

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