What Happens When You Drink Too Much Coffee

As a natural stimulant, caffeine not only increases the body’s processes, but also makes you feel more alert and awake as a result. This has led to coffee being one of the most widely-consumed beverages in the world, and is arguably one of the most popular among adults and students.

But with that being said, caffeine also has its own drawback: consume too much and you’ll start experiencing side effects, which can even be life-threatening in certain cases.

How Much Is Too Much
The maximum allowable dosage of caffeine for adults is 400 milligrams, which is roughly equivalent to three or five eight-ounce cups of coffee. But what happens when you’ve had a little too much to drink?

These are the more common symptoms of caffeine overdose, such as the following:
• Fast, irregular heart rate
• Restlessness
• Confusion
• Nausea or vomiting
• Tremors or shaking, or “jitters”

However, more serious symptoms of caffeine overdose include:
• Cardiac arrest
• Heart palpitations
• Insomnia
• Dizziness
• Panic attack

The good news is that life-threatening symptoms of caffeine overdose are rare, and that most people only experience these mild symptoms before the chemical leaves the body entirely.

This is because the side effects we experience are our body’s way of telling us that we should stop consuming caffeine. In fact, if you start feeling jittery, this is your cue for taking a break from coffee or any caffeinated drinks, such as energy drinks.

However, if you start to experience any of the more serious symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Dealing with Caffeine Overdose
The first thing you need to do right away is to stop drinking coffee or ingesting any sources of caffeine as much as possible.

Mild side effects can be dealt with by drinking more water to rehydrate (caffeine takes water from the body to dilute it, which makes you feel dehydrated as a result) and burning out that restlessness by going on a short walk.

After doing these, you will notice that the side effects will subside after three to five hours, which is the half-life of caffeine in the body. But if you notice more severe symptoms or have accidentally consumed a large amount of coffee, you may need medical treatment.

Other Sources of Caffeine
Aside from black coffee and energy drinks, you can also find soft drinks, tea, and dark chocolates to be other sources of caffeine, so be careful of how much you consume these foods and beverages throughout your day.
Caffeine tablets and headache medications can also be more direct sources of caffeine, so if you’re currently taking them, be sure to reduce your coffee intake.

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4 Foods to Eat When You’re Down with the Sniffles (And 3 to Avoid)

No one wants to go down with the common cold, but if you’ve had a run-in with last night’s hard rain and went home with more than just your shoes soaked, you’re in for a treat.

There are a few things you should do after getting home from the rain: take off your damp clothes as soon as possible (especially the wet socks), take a quick warm shower, and drink something hot.

There are a few steps that you could take to keep yourself from getting sick the next day, but what do you do if you still end up catching a cold? Here are a few foods that you should watch out for:

Foods You Should Eat
1. Chicken Soup – This has been a remedy for sickness for a long time, and there’s a good reason why. The slow-cooked broth, especially when mixed with cubed vegetables, is rich in nutrients and every warm sip is sure to be good for the cold soul.

2. Tea – Nothing beats a steaming cup after getting wet in the rain. Hot tea is rich in anti-oxidants and has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, making it a better alternative to coffee. Tea made from fresh thyme is also great for curing whooping-cough.

3. Citrus fruits – These are rich in Vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system. One glass of freshly-squeezed orange or lemon juice, for instance, is great for recovering from a fever.

4. Honey – One teaspoon of honey before each meal is effective for fighting coughs because of its antibacterial properties. Add horseradish or ginger if the coughing leaves you feeling tight-chested.

Foods You Should Avoid
1. Milk – Daily products such as full milk and cheese aid in producing mucus and make your bouts with the sniffles last longer. Instead, drink plenty of vegetable juices to help you decongest.

2. Orange juice (store-bought) – Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C, but store-bought orange juice is much higher in sugar than the amount in an actual orange. Having too much sugar in your body can slow down your body’s ability to fight infections and may make you sick for longer.

3. Chips – Salty and oily foods could end up making your throat feel drier, which could worsen the mucus production as well as leave your stomach unsettled.

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5 Hangover Cures That Don’t Really Work

Hangovers often involve several unbearable symptoms, such as throbbing headaches, dizziness, indigestion, irritability, nausea and even brain fog. It’s no wonder why people go to great lengths just to avoid experiencing them. Sadly, your best efforts might not be enough to keep it from happening. To help save yourself from all the trial-and-error, we listed down some of the hangover cures that will never work the way you want them to.

1. Drinking Water
Chugging all the water won’t exactly save you, since dehydration isn’t the main cause of hangovers. The real culprit is actually more complicated – it involves numerous chemicals which throw your whole system off. So while drinking water in between your cocktails may deter you from chugging down more beer, it can’t and won’t protect you from the aftereffects of your last tequila shot.

2. Throwing Up
Although vomiting does remove the booze from your system, it’s actually already a sign that you’re suffering from the toxic effects of alcohol. Making yourself throw up won’t really work wonders. Instead, it’ll leave you dehydrated and feeling much worse the morning after your booze party.

3. Consuming a Greasy Meal
While nothing tastes quite as good as a cheesy breakfast sandwich with a side of home fries, indulging on a heavy and greasy breakfast can actually trigger indigestion that could make you feel even worse. Instead, opt for some fruits to help you feel better and to replenish your blood sugar levels that dip when you’re drinking alcohol. If you’re craving for some carbs, then a honey on toast can be helpful as it’s easier to digest.

4. Taking Hangover Pills
Hangover pills would definitely be everyone’s saving grace – if they only worked. Sadly, a study found that most of these pills don’t actually deliver any benefits. So stop wasting your money on these pills unless the product contains tolfenamic acid, an NSAID drug used to treat migraines, alleviate pain, and repair tissue damage.

5. Sipping on Coffee
Drinking coffee actually worsens a throbbing headache caused by an all-nighter booze party, since caffeine reduces the swollen blood vessels while the alcohol on your system raises your blood pressure. That said, sipping on a bit of coffee could provide some form of reprieve – so try halving your usual coffee serving instead of springing for a venti cup.

There is no real hangover cure for the next-day pain, and while it may seem cruel, experiencing a little hangover every now and then can actually be beneficial to keep us from putting our bodies through too much, too often.

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Things You Should Know About Hernia

Hernia is common here in Singapore but there are others who are not familiar with it. It is important that you know Hernia so you can prevent it. If you notice any swelling or lump in your abdominal wall or groin, there is a chance that you have hernia.


Here are some facts behind hernia:

  • Signs and symptoms: Hernias commonly develop in one’s abdomen. Signs and symptoms vary depending on the type. For example, if you have inguinal hernias, a bulge in the groin is noticeable. There’s pain. The patient may also suffer nausea, fever or vomiting.
  • Causes: Hernia has many causes. If you lift weights often, you have higher risks of hernia. There are also other causes like incorrect posture, blows to the abdomen, poor nutrition, smoking and many more.
  • Types of hernia: There are different types of hernia to include inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional, diaphragmatic and many more.


  • Diagnosis: Doctors can confirm hernia through physical examination. For hernias that are painless and small, doctors will usually use the wait-and-see approach. For painful hernias, it needs surgery.
  • Treatment: If doctors identified that it is hernia, immediate treatment should be considered. Here in Singapore, there are over 1,000 cases of hernia every year. This is according to the Singapore General Hospital. Immediate surgery should be performed to fix the damaged intestine.
  • Complications: As mentioned earlier, hernia should be treated immediately or it may cause obstruction and other complications. Complications include obstruction of bowel and or strangling of the tissue. Other complications include inflammation, haemorrhage, irreducibility and hydrocele.

Hernia is a non-life-threatening condition but that doesn’t mean you need to ignore it.


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All About Napping

Ideally, an adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, not all adults get the sleep they need or deserve because of many things happening. Not getting enough sleep for Singaporeans is common. You may think that it is nothing but you will be surprised of its impact on your health. This is where napping comes in.


What are the benefits of napping? Well, for one it can energize you. According to experts, it can also help improve your heart health and more importantly, it can boost your mood. If you want to know more about napping, here are some details:

  • Naps can help you focus: There was a study in 2010 conducted by the University of California-Berkley. The study found out that a group of young adults who were given ninety minute nap performed better in learning exercises than those who did not. The study proved that those who take a nap feel refreshed which can help the group focus. When you are sleepy or groggy, you do not remember things.
  • Naps reduce heart disease: Naps are simple yet its influence is great. It can help reduce the risk of heart disease. People who sleep less than six hours every night are more likely to suffer heart diseases in the long run. If you sleep less than six hours a day, naps are important for its restorative effects. A 45 to 60 minute nap can make a difference.


  • Ideal time to nap: If you visited Spain, you will notice that after lunch, everything seems to shut down for their afternoon siesta. This has a scientific explanation. At around 2pm and 4pm, your body will experience a natural drop in physical and mental energy. You have to be careful though napping late in the afternoon (say 5pm or 6pm).
  • When to see the doctor: Occasional napping for people who do not get enough sleep at night is normal however, for people who get enough sleep and still feel tired and sleepy, that presents a problem. This is the time that you see your doctor.

If you worry that you might not get up on time, you have to make use of your alarm. There are people who only use alarm during night but during midday naps, alarms are valuable too. It will help you ease the anxiety of over sleeping.

Singapore is a busy place that it seems everyone is not sleeping. No matter how busy or hectic your schedule is, sleep should be observed. Let go of other things except sleep or nap.


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Things to Have to Live Over 100 Years Old








Nowadays, it is shocking if you have a family member who aged 100 years old and above. If there is, he is one of the few people who reach the age of 100.


While it is believed that it is because of their healthy lifestyle, many experts believe that people who reach 100 years old is said to have extraordinary powers. It’s funny but it’s intriguing. On the other hand, if you want to achieve this age, you perform the following:


  • Find some hobby: The more you enjoy life, the more you live longer. Exercise is a good hobby and it is proven to have good effects to out physique. Also, having a hobby will make your life happier than you expected which means – happy life equals to long life.
  • Floss your teeth: This is only a simple matter, you have no reason to skip this activity. Flossing is very simple. After you brush your teeth, you floss. In this way, you can lessen the risk of having stroke and heart failure.
  • Have a vacation: Giving yourself a break is also one way of eliminating stress. Plan a one-week vacation together with your family, your loved one or maybe your friends to discover many things. Stay in a place wherein it is far from the city.
  • Give yourself a good rest: Seven up to eight hours is the exact number of sleep. You should not go beyond or shorten your hours of sleep because it will ready affect your body. Having a quality sleep is giving yourself a healthy future.


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