If you're used to regular swigs of energy drinks, then here's a piece of advice from the experts. Intake of beverages containing caffeine might get you energized but an overdose of the drinks may have serious health consequences, says a leading health expert. According to Dee Rollins, R.D., PhD, dietitian with Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, energy drink consumers should keep careful track of the amount of caffeine they get in a day because an overdose of it can lead to jitteriness and nausea. "There was a time when we would get our caffeine intake from coffee and cola, but now there are a number of caffeine containing beverages and we need to be careful because over a period of 24 hours that caffeine intake is cumulative," says Rollins. "If you know that 400 milligrams a day is the upper limit you can check the back of the labels and make sure that you don't get more than that," adds Dr. Rollins. According to the health expert, 400 milligrams is roughly the equivalent of just one energy drink and two cups of coffee. Getting more than that can lead to jitteriness, nausea, heart palpations-and in extreme cases more severe symptoms. "It can be so bad that if you take too much caffeine you can end up in the hospital thinking you have flu-like symptoms and really it's caffeine overdose," adds Rollins. So remember as you're sipping-take it slow or it may not just be energy you end up with, says Rollins. "We don't think of caffeine as being a drug that we need to monitor, but we can overdo it," says Dr. Rollins. The expert has provided some guidelines for all those who love the energy drinks. They are: don't drink energy beverages while exercising. It can lead to severe dehydration, don't ever mix these drinks with alcohol-it's popular-but doing so can not only mask how intoxicated you really are, it again can be extremely dehydrating. In addition to caffeine, most of these energy drinks contain very high amounts of sugar and sodium, which can be dangerous for diabetics or those with high blood pressure.Source: ANITAN/M << Eat, Drink and Make Merry! New York Restaurants To Serve Artificial Trans Fat-free Men... >> Recommended Reading Lohan’s Boozing Stint in Rehab Exposed It seems that hell-raising actress Lindsay Lohan got back to her boozing ways while still undergoing treatment in rehab for the second time. READ MORE “Cocaine”: The Energy Drink’s Legal Implications The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) is worried that a Christchurch man has plans to import and sell more than 280,000 cans of an energy drink called Cocaine. READ MORE Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensable because of its many industrial applications. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Pancreatitis Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas may show up as acute pancreatitis or chronic pain. Alcohol consumption is the main offender. Treatment requires hospitalization and at times surgery. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Hearing Loss Calculator Sanatogen Blood Pressure Calculator More News on: Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol FactsPancreatitisEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?