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What Should You Do if You've Had Too Much Caffeine?

July 15, 2019
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
  1. Eat something. Eating food won’t tame the jitters you already have, but it can stop them from getting too much worse.
  2. Stop Googling and wait it out. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of tips out there about how to make your caffeine jitters disappear, and nearly all of them are bologna. Drinking water won’t help. Neither will eating bananas. Vegetables and vitamins won’t be digested in time to make a difference, even if theoretically they might help. By the time you’re feeling the jitters, your problem is that your bloodstream is full of caffeine. Your liver is working as fast as it can to break down the caffeine, and you just have to wait it out.
  3. Get some exercise. Even though you can’t get rid of the caffeine, you can make good use of the stuff while it’s in your system. If there’s time in your day for a workout, put on your running shoes now, or go lift in the gym. The exercise will distract you from the jitters, and the caffeine might even help you run faster or lift heavier.