Dangers of Caffeine

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Caffeine: How bad can it be? General purpose: Caffeine: How bad can it be? Specific purpose: To persuade my audience that caffeine in large amounts can cause severe damage. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive stimulant with prevalent use across all age groups. But can be so harmful and lead to unwanted ER visits. Introduction: An ambulance is the last form of transportation that you want to use when leaving work. But for me that day seems still like a blur. All I seen was paramedics all around asking me if I could hear them. I had never heard of the words “Caffeine Overdose” So you ask how much caffeine I took? Thesis: With caffeine consumption being so common, it is vital to know the impact caffeine has on the body, as its effects can influence cardio-respiratory and perhaps most importantly neurologically. I. Most of the caffeine consumed in the United States is in coffee, tea, energy drinks, soft drinks, and energy pills. (let’s take a look at the most common once seen here on campus) (also what I had that morning that scared me for life ) 1. . venti Starbucks coffee has 415 mg 2. . Starbucks Tazo Awake—Brewed Tea or Tea Latte has 135 mg 3. . Pepsi MAX has 69mg 4. Rockstar Citrus Punched has 240 mg 5. A caffeine tablet contains as much caffeine as one to three 5-ounce cups of coffee. (These amounts are very high but what is it doing to our bodies let’s take a look) II. Initial trials showing caffeine's association with many health concerns: A. . From your heart issues: (most importantly) 1. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases heart rate as well as blood pressure 2. Diabetes 3. Insomnia 4. Irritability 5. Upset Stomach And many more issues….. III. So how do you know you are overdosing? Simple listen to your body and keep note of these

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