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The Relations between Caffeine and the Body/Vertigo/Blood Pressure

Updated on July 19, 2016

The Relations between Caffeine and the Body/Vertigo/Blood Pressure

Before going into this article let me give you guys a little bit of history on caffeine. Caffeine has been an important part of global culture for hundreds of years. African folklore sets the discovery of coffee's energizing properties around 800 A.D., European and Asian accounts indicate that coffee and tea were local staples as early as the 1400s.

There has been a lot of sayings about how caffeine is good for your heath and body. I must say that after so many times of doing research and going through hundreds of webpages, I have finally concluded that the consumption of too much caffeine can in fact cause Vertigo. Some of you are wondering what Vertigo is, let me give you a clear and quick summary: Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning. It differs from dizziness, when you feel as if you yourself are moving, this is called Subjective Vertigo.

The fluid-filled hearing and balance structures of the inner ear normally function independent of the body's overall fluid/blood system. In a normal inner ear, the fluid is maintained at a constant volume and contains specific concentrations of sodium, potassium, chloride and other electrolytes. When an injury or degeneration of the inner ear structures occurs, independent control is lost, and the volume and concentration of the inner ear fluid fluctuates with changes in the body's fluid/blood. The fluctuation is what causes the pressure, fullness in the ear, headache, hearing loss and dizziness. The consumption of caffeine also may make tinnitus (Ringing in the ear) louder. Large amounts of caffeine may trigger really bad migraines.

There are certain signs and symptoms that appear when you have Vertigo, the number one is: Ringing in the ear, and then slowly you become lightheaded and the feeling of dehydration come to aspect. When this continues to get worst you will get nauseated and start to vomit and sweat, and in some cases abnormal eye movement has been reported. The duration of symptoms can range from minutes to hours, and symptoms can be constant or episodic. For people who consume a lot of caffeine on a daily basis, should reconsider that. It really doesn't matter if it is tea that you drink or coffee, both of them have the same effect on your body/ear.

Here I will explain the things related to that issue: We love coffee and tea but what is it doing to our body? First let me explain something else before we jump into the subject. In your brain, caffeine is the quintessential mimic of a neurochemical called adenosine. Adenosine is produced by neurons throughout the day as they fire, and as more of it is produced, the more your nervous system ratchets down.Your nervous system monitors adenosine levels through receptors, particularly the A1 receptor that is found in your brain and throughout your body. As the chemical passes through the receptors, your adenosine tab increases until your nervous system pays it off by putting you to sleep.The other thing that caffeine does is that it raises the amount of acid in your stomach and may cause heartburn or upset stomach. It’s also a diuretic, triggering your body to get rid of water. That's the reason why you shouldn't be drinking coffee or tea when thirsty. Extra caffeine doesn’t get stored in your body. It is processed in the liver and exits in your urine. Large doses of caffeine cause you to lose too much water, especially when consumed in conjunction with exercise.

Withdrawal from caffeine can cause:

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Headaches
  4. Vertigo
  5. Dehydration
  6. Increased Urination/ Diarrhea

Several other systems in the body can be effected by excessive amounts of caffeine intake. Caffeine can make your blood pressure go up for a short time. In most people, there is no long-term effect on blood pressure. If you have irregular heart rhythms, caffeine may make your heart work harder. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension) you must consult with your doctor before hand. The Skeletal and the Muscular system is effected also when large amounts of caffeine is interfering with the absorption of different types of vitamins, calcium and metabolism related problems. An overdose may cause muscle twitching.

And now as for women who are pregnant. We all know that women who are pregnant should be on a certain kind of diet, there are certain foods that are good for you and bad at the same time. While veggies, protein and fiber are all good for the mother who is pregnant on the other hand caffeine can be bad. Caffeine travels in the bloodstream and crosses into the placenta. (An clear understanding of 'whatever the mom eats or drink the baby does as well') Since it is a stimulant, it can cause your baby’s heart rate and metabolism to increase. Too much caffeine can also cause slowed fetal growth and increase risk of miscarriage. In most cases, a little caffeine (not too much) is safe during pregnancy. Much credit to the MAYO CLINIC they have indicated that there is some evidence that large amounts of caffeine can interfere with estrogen production and metabolism, making it harder to get pregnant. If you are pregnant please consult with your OBGYN/ PCP to discuss this topic with him or her.

Now after all those here's the explaining. Although there are other things related to Vertigo including migraine, infection, injury and allergies, caffeine has it's own place. Drinks such as Dark Black Tea, or Espresso Dark Coffee can indeed be a factor for your Vertigo. Taking in large amounts of caffeine for example: coffee (dark) caffeinated soda or energy drinks can constrict blood vessels and increase your vertigo symptoms, this includes excluding tobacco and alcohol. Women who are pregnant should not be consuming high amounts of caffeine, babies can also suffer from what is known as caffeine overdose. This can happen when breast milk contains excessive amounts of caffeine. Some mild symptoms include nausea and muscles that continually tense and then relax. More serious signs of caffeine overdose can accompany these symptoms, including vomiting, fast breathing, and shock.



If your symptoms get worst, see your PCP or MD for any emergency related issues.

Thanks, M

BP Information

Meniere's Disease

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo
Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo | Source

Treatment for Vertigo - By Dr. Foster of Denver Hospital

Tinnitus

Source
Things that cause Vertigo and HBP (High Blood Pressure)
Things that cause Vertigo and HBP (High Blood Pressure) | Source

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      Mahsa S 24 months ago

      It is good to avoid coffee as much as possible, it does contain a lot of caffeine and cause be the cause of the dizziness, headaches and vertigo.

      I don't even drink coffee and don't like it at all, but then at the same time I understand that there are some people who just can't stop drinking it.

      It's good to maintain a good amount, and not only it gives you vertigo or dizziness, but it will drain your body fluids and cause be the cause of your insomnia.

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      Oztinato 24 months ago from Australia

      I try to avoid coffee as much as possible these days.

      I can get away with one or two cups a day without any side effects; usually one real coffee and one 'decaf' at a health conscious outlet. It's good if you can't keep up with a busy schedule or before music gigs. It can also settle a stomach after a meal (at least with me).

      Certainly too much coffee is unhealthy and can cause side effects (as can just about anything in life including water!)

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Glad to help, thank you morgan! :)

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      Morgan 2 years ago

      I definitely learned a lot

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Thank you Ava, I'm glad you enjoyed reading the article :) check out my page for the new articles

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      ava liam 2 years ago

      Thank you for the article, this was a great hub to read, i did learn a lot for reading this

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Tea and coffee have caffeine but coffee has more. It really depends on the tea

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Yes Andrea too much caffeine does cause a headache, be sure to to how much it is you are drinking

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      Andrea 2 years ago

      I guess now I know why I get a headache after drinking so much caffeine, thanks for the information

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Thank you so much :D I'm glad you enjoyed it

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      Jennie 2 years ago

      Wonderful!!

      Is it just coffee caffeine? Or tea is bad

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      Janie 2 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub I really liked it, it was a great article

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      Wardell 2 years ago

      Who know that caffeine can do such a thing to you.

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Thank you for the comment, check out my page for more articles to come

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      Sean 2 years ago

      Thanks for the great article

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      But that could all depend on how thick and how caffeinated the drink is, if it's a dark espresso coffee you might not want to drink more than one cup.

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      my recommendation is 1 cup but then again some people might need 2 and that should be plenty for your body because more than that and the body will be shocked and show signs of fluid loss and dizziness

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      Jennemarie 2 years ago

      how much caffeine would you recommend we consume on a daily basis

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Yes it's about drinking less caffeine and not "overdosing" on it, because there are people who would drink about 3-4 cups of coffee and feel sick or dizzy afterwards. It's not bad to drink coffee but at the same time limit ourselves to at least 1 cup and no more.

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      Micheal 2 years ago

      I think She said too much coffee (caffeine ).we still need to have a cup of coffee.

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      Jina Does 2 years ago

      Can anyone blame us, i mean come on admit it coffee is good but then again after reading this i kind of have to take it seriously

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Too much caffeine can have it's side effects in our body and it will certainly not be a good thing once that happens

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      toryd 2 years ago

      no wonder every time i drink coffee this happens to me, now i know why i get dizzy...answers it all

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Joules - There are other ways you can get vertigo such as an inner ear infection, brain tumors or even a previous stroke and if that's the case please check with your provider

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Thank you jackie.

      The less caffeine we drink the better it is for our body, even though coffee is said to be good for you but yet at the same time too much can cause bad symptoms.

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      Jackie 2 years ago

      I like this hub, maybe I should start drinking less coffee

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comments and your ratings :D

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      Katherine. C 2 years ago

      Hello, thank you so much mahsa for this hub! I really enjoyed reading it!

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      Gabby.R 2 years ago

      Love your hubs!

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      @Mel

      It really depends on how much caffeine you consume, sometimes people "overdose" on it and it makes them feel sick. But sometimes it doesn't, it really depends on how your body reacts to the concentration of caffeine.

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      Olga 2 years ago

      Hello, I like your hubs they are great. I wanted to know if there is a medication for vertigo?

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      Joules 2 years ago

      Are there different ways that you can get vertigo or is it just through caffeine?

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      Linda. H 2 years ago

      I really like this hub, no wonder whenever I drink coffee I get dizzy..Thanks

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      Kate 2 years ago

      This is a great hub! Thanks for posting, Im looking forward to more posts.

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      Suzzana 2 years ago

      I didn't know that caffeine has this much a bad affect on your health, I always thought it was good..

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I have been drinking coffee for 70% of my life. Your picture of the coffee cup looks absolutely delicious, and I am going to get my own right now. I have never felt ill effects from caffeine, except on rare occasions where I might drink too much of it, and then it is only a sensation of extreme mental hyperactivity, which I do not like. Otherwise I love coffee, and my blood pressure, lab work, and other medical tests are in the 18 year old range, says my doctor, even though I am 51. Nonetheless, each person is different and I suppose we should exercise moderation. Great hub!

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      Susan stamm 2 years ago

      Good read, im really enjoying your articles

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      Mahsa S 2 years ago

      Hello, I recently published a hub for stress and depression.

      https://hubpages.com/health/The-study-of-depressio...

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      Micheal 2 years ago

      That's why I get really dizzy after i take my coffee, specifically espresso. Thanks for your great information. I will bering my caffeine down . I hope you post some information about ladies menopause or how we can deal with stress. Thanks