A lot of people, myself included, need that jump start in the morning.  I'm not talking about hooking cable up to my battery...my car runs fine...for now.  I'm talking about that elixir of the gods...coffee.  But of course, like everything, too much of a good thing is not always good for you.  Of course, right?

Health officials are advising coffee drinkers to start monitoring their caffeine intake, not just for coffee, but also for that afternoon chocolate pick me up, or that can of Red Bull.  People are actually getting a lot more caffeine than they realize.  Crazy, huh?

According to these health officials, most people can handle anywhere from 300 to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, which equals three to four 6-ounce cups of coffee.

What we don't realize, sometimes, is that there are many products on the market these days that contain large doses of caffeine, like your fancy energy drinks and energy supplements.  In some cases, people intake as much as 20 times the amount of caffeine as they are expecting, and they don't even realize it.

Consuming large amounts of caffeine can have serious side-effects like irregular heartbeat, tremors and insomnia.

Most products have the caffeine amounts listed.  It's always a good idea to check it out prior to consuming.

Me?  Well, I guess I'm overdosing just about every day, but not to the extreme of some.