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Infographic: Crazy for Caffeine


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Caffeine – it’s the burst of energy we need to get up in the morning, and the push that is essential to get us through the day. It is naturally found in coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate, and can be hidden in anything from pain relievers to energy water.

While you may relish your first morning cup of java — and your mid-morning cup, and your afternoon cup, and so-forth — too much of a good thing can have its downside. Caffeine is a stimulant that jolts your body awake, but can cause a variety of side effects. Some people claim to be “caffeine addicts,” usually in jest, but experience “withdrawal” symptoms (such as headaches and irritability) that mirror those of people who are being weaned off of other, more harmful substances.

Check out the infographic below to find out how caffeine can affect your body, including your heart.

Infographic: Caffeine Facts and Statistics

Now that you know a little more about the effects of caffeine, are you planning on cutting back on your daily intake of caffeinated beverages? Have you experienced any of these side effects when you tried to lessen the amount of coffee or tea you drink each day? What are some of your favorite alternatives to caffeinated beverages that you enjoy at work? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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