Here are the top four reasons as to why you are super sensitive to even tiny amounts of caffeine.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, you are not alone. Caffeine sensitivity is common.
It’s crazy as to how some people can drink coffee all day and hardly even feel it, while others are ready to go to the emergency room after a quarter of a cup and will end up feeling ill for days.
It is interesting to note that the effects of caffeine can take hours to manifest or peak. Those that are sensitive do not often realize for quite some time that their symptoms are caffeine related.
Top four reasons why you are so sensitive to caffeine
- The number one reason for caffeine sensitivity is a slow metabolism, particularly, a lack of the specific liver enzymes that metabolize caffeine.
- If you suffer from anxiety, you will likely also be sensitive to caffeine.
- Some prescription medicine, such as certain antibiotics and even birth control, can make you more sensitive to caffeine.
- Your a dude (men are proven to be more sensitive to caffeine).
Foods and beverages with caffeine.
Everyone knows coffee is loaded with caffeine. We also know that most teas have a good amount of it too. Here are some foods with caffeine that you might not know about:
- Hot Chocolate
- Some Ice Creams and Yogurt
- Sodas that are not colas
- Candy bars
- Protein bars (many of which are only “glorified” candy bars anyway)
- Some medications
- Naked Juice “Energy” Smoothie
If you are super sensitive to caffeine, obviously it is important to avoid or limit these foods.
How much caffeine is in common beverages?
A cup of Starbucks (or similar) grande coffee has about 330 mg of caffeine
Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (14 oz) has about 210 mg of caffeine
Taiwanese milk tea: 130 mg
Oolong tea: 55 mg
Chai tea: 50 mg
Arizona or Snapple Iced Tea: 38 mg
Green Tea: 25 mg
Symptoms of caffeine sensitivity
According to the “caffeine informer“, common symptoms of consuming too much caffeine, or to those that are very sensitive to caffeine, include:
Skin problems, chest pain, headaches or migraines, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, numbness in face (or hands or feet), trouble focusing, pain in muscles, shortness of breath, racing heart, anger and irritability, extreme fatigue, tightness of chest, dizziness, flu like symptoms, shaking and jitters, cold sweats, swollen eyes, trouble with vision, and even delusions and hallucinations.
What happens to you when you consume to much caffeine?