For many of us, the day doesn’t start without a dose; however, caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. But you’d be wrong to think it isn’t without a cost and risks.
First off, we can all handle a certain amount of caffeine to a point, then we over-do-it, and for some who push the limits, it’s “bang, you’re dead soldier.” No, not a drill, no warning, just dead. Caffeine puts stress on your heart and if you’re already under stress, not sleeping so well and over 40… you should consider backing off on the caffeine which may help you handle other forms of stress better as well.
The younger generation who were previously hooked energy drinks to get through the day and night are now onto a new legal high… “powdered caffeine.” Unfortunately, the combination of stress, not enough sleep and too much caffeine and the deaths are already hitting the news. Warn your kids, legal does not imply safe… far from it.
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Logan Stiner died in 2014 from cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure after taking caffeine powder to boost his energy while preparing for his high school finals. Wade Sweatt, a young engineer, died a similarly innocent death after trying the powder, as he didn’t like the taste of coffee and wanted to avoid sugary drinks.
The concentrated form of caffeine can come as either a liquid or a powder. As it is often 100 percent pure, a single teaspoon of the substance can be the equivalent of drinking 28 cups of coffee, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).