As we all are well aware, too much of anything is bad. In this case, too much caffeine can cause stomach problems, inflammation of the stomach lining, heartburn, and abdominal pain. For those who aren’t familiar with what caffeine really is and how it works, it’s a stimulant that triggers our central nervous system (CNS) and lowers exhaustion by fighting off Adenosine—a chemical that tells us we’re sleepy. Drinking more than the prescribed 200 to 300 mg a day of caffeine for adults isn’t a good idea. When that happens, stomach problems occur.
Here are the steps you need to do in order to recover.
Forget food for a while. Your stomach will be upset if it received too much caffeine. When that happens, do not consume anything—not a single bite of snack and definitely not a complete meal. Let the pain go away. It’ll disappear after one hour or more. Don’t worry about the food, though, with an upset stomach, you’ll have decreased appetite and most likely won’t crave for food.
Drink water. Drink about four to six glasses of water. Remember that coffee is acidic and can lead to gastritis, so cleanse your body with water. This can help lessen the aches and pains.
Get medication. Call your doctor and ask for an advice. You can purchase a medicine that offsets stomach acids. According to the researchers of the University Hospital Utrecht in The Netherlands, Zantac, Tagamet HB, and Pepcid AC can relieve heartburn without allowing the acid to rebound (when that happens, the stomach produces more acid).
Get herbal. You can also chew on a licorice or an herbal tablet twice or thrice a day or one hour before drinking coffee. This will pacify a peptic ulcer outburst. You can also place chia seeds on a glass of water and drink it.
WARNING: If your stomach problems don’t go away after a day, call your doctor. It could get worse if you ignore it. Remember that antacids should not be considered. They’re not effective for stomach troubles caused by too much caffeine. They will elevate the acid levels in your stomach and make the symptoms worse.
REMINDERS: Limit your caffeine consumption to two colas, two coffees, or two energy drinks a day only. Don’t drink decaf beverages.