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How Too Much Caffeine Can Hurt Our Immune System

Let's all get on the same page about something. Caffeine is great. We love caffeine here at KILL CLIFF, but, we also know that too much of a good thing can be an issue. 

When you are ingesting a lot of one thing, you need to be aware of what that can do to your body. Today, we are going to be discussing how too much caffeine can affect your immune system. 

Before we discuss the bad that too much caffeine can do, let's talk about the good caffeine can do for your immune system. 

Caffeine's positive impact on your immune system

Caffeine acts as an immunomodulator, which are agents used to help regulate or normalize the immune system.

According to a review published in 2006 in Pharmacology & Therapeutics by the National University of Ireland, caffeine suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production. This can have a positive effect on patients experiencing chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and arthritis

Antioxidants in caffeine can help prevent some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and neurological diseases. 

All that being said, these effects occur when you consume caffeine in moderation. 

Now that we've talked about the positive impact caffeine can have on your immune system, let's discuss what too much caffeine can do to your immune system.

How too much caffeine can negatively impact your immune system

First, let's discuss what "too much caffeine" is according to the experts. 

According to studies, the most caffeine an adult should consume in a day is 400mg. Many popular energy drinks have been pushing the limits of caffeine consumption. Here's a breakdown of how much caffeine in the energy drinks that fill the convenience store refrigerators.  

KILL CLIFF - 150mg (12oz)

Bang - 300mg (16oz)

Reign - 300mg (16oz)

Monster - 160mg (16oz)

Red Bull - 151mg (16oz)

Rockstar - 160mg (16oz)

With Bang and Reign, one of those and you're nearly at your suggested caffeine intake for the day. If you're also a coffee drinker, this can be an issue. According to Caffeine Informer, an 8oz cup of brewed coffee contains 163mg of caffeine. A cup of coffee and a Bang can be dangerous. 

Why is it dangerous? Let's get into that. 

As previously stated, caffeine can provide great benefits to your immune system but it's all in moderation. Too much caffeine can decrease your immune system's ability to fight off infections as well as remove abnormal or damaged cells. 

Drinking too much caffeine releases high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol releases sugar and fat from your body's stores in order to give you the energy to physically exert yourself in stressful times. This release can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, acne, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, and immune system suppression.

High caffeine consumption can also worsen or induce panic attacks, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, upset stomach, tachycardia, and addiction. 

Energy drinks with high caffeine levels, such as Bang and Reign, can bring on these issues. You might even be the kind of person that drinks two or more energy drinks in a day just to get through. If that's you, you're putting yourself at risk to these issues brought on by high caffeine consumption, not to mention the other issues these toxic energy drinks can cause

If you are experiencing any of these things due to caffeine, our advice is to switch a lower caffeinated beverage or just simply limit your caffeine consumption. What drink should you switch to? We've got you covered.

What's the safest, healthiest energy drink?

Here at KILL CLIFF, we love a good energy drink, but we're aware of the possible dangers of the many unnatural ingredients that many popular energy drinks contain. We wanted an energy drink with a strong caffeine buzz coming from a natural source, with no artificial sweeteners.....so we made one. 

KILL CLIFF Ignite is a sugar-free, naturally sweetened energy drink that delivers the jolt you crave with 150 mg of naturally-sourced green tea caffeine (about a cup and a half of coffee). Additionally, KILL CLIFF Ignite includes only FDA-regulated ingredients in its specialized blend of B-vitamins and electrolytes. It provides you with 10% of your daily values of magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate hydration and blood flow. 

So, whether you want sustained clean energy to help you through your day, or you want a natural alternative pre-workout drink...or you want to get fired up for a long night of playing Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption, KILL CLIFF Ignite is your go-to option! Check it out!

Connor Deneau
KILL CLIFF®

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