As the old saying goes, “too much of good thing” is…not a good thing. It’s possible to overdose on coffee, cherries, and even water. Yes, water, the very substance that makes up nearly 60% of the human body has the power to essentially drown a person from the inside. But just how much is too much? Here’s what science has to say about that.
Long before we had modern currency, spices were a prized rarity and traded worldwide. Now, we can walk into almost any store and pick up whatever we need. Regardless of which spice you choose, 48 teaspoons consumed at once can cause hypernatremia, a condition that shrinks brain cells. Seizures, comas and death are possible too.
Cherry pits contain a potent amount of cyanide, a chemical that causes human cells to malfunction and inhibits the delivery of oxygen. There is enough cyanide in just two cherry pits to kill an adult.
Eating or drinking too much aren’t the only things that can kill you. Music turned up too loudly has the power to blow eardrums at 150 decibels. Between 185 and 200 decibels, the sound can actually cause an air bubble to enter a vein, which ultimately makes it way to your heart and kills you.
Alcohol doesn’t just hinder brain functions, it has the power to completely shut them down. It would take 13 shots in a row to be on the brink of death. Many freshly legal twenty-one-year olds attempt 21 shots in a row. Don’t do it. If you don’t die, you’ll be left with one massive hangover.
Everyone knows alcohol has the potential to be hazardous, but did you know water can be lethal too? While it provides life to everything on Earth, consuming more than six liters causes brain swelling, which can lead to seizures, comas or even death.
Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that many consume day after day without end. For an average 150 pound person, 70 cups of coffee contain enough caffeine to kill. The death would likely be painful too, with heart palpitations and cardiac arrest as real possibilities.
7. Oxygen deprivation
We’re trained to hold our breath when we learn to swim, but it might be interesting to learn that after four minutes brain damage can set in. After six minutes without oxygen, the risk of death is imminent.
Who doesn’t love a delicious piece of chocolate? It can help reduce stress levels, boost mood and even be an aphrodisiac, just don’t get carried away. A chemical found in chocolate called Theobromine is what makes the substance dangerous for our favorite doggy companions, but it can harm humans too. However, you’d have to consume 85 candy bars at once to be at risk of death.