Coffee, for most households, is a daily habit. Many people believe that without the daily cup of coffee, they simply 'can't function' – sound familiar? While coffee can create the feeling of being more alert when waking up in the morning or during an afternoon slump, research indicates that non-coffee drinkers are actually less groggy and more productive and alert than their counterparts.
Negative effects of caffeine on the human body
If you're questioning your addiction to caffeine, ask yourself this: how many cups do you have a day and would you be able to really stop drinking all of them? If this already puts you on edge, you may be further into caffeine addiction than you think.
If you experience headaches and shakiness in the first 24 hour period with no coffee, it's a sure sign that coffee is probably one of your addictions. A lot of folks get dependence such as caffeine detail headaches, nausea, fatigue and other symptoms when they go without caffeine for 12 hours. It seems to make part of the brain overactive and simultaneously affect another part to be underactive.
When you're used to consuming a certain large quantity of caffeine, you become very poor at prioritizing, feel foggy headed and don't actively tick the tasks off of your To Do List. If you're not careful, you might end up behaving like a hamster in a wheel! Doing ever more but not finishing what should matter. It's tough to center on the big picture.
If you want to give up coffee and create a healthier life for yourself then here are some few tips to help you out.
How to quit caffeine without headaches
1. Wean yourself off, slowly
Because coffee is addictive, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches, nausea, irritation, fatigue and even mood swings. If you're currently drinking several cups of coffee a day, start by cutting that by a cup a day over a short period. If you drink only a cup a day, then cut that by either the amount of coffee you use to make it or reduce your cup size. The idea is to get your body acclimatized to the reduction in caffeine you are consuming daily and make it easier to get rid of the addiction eventually.
2. Go decaf
A great innovation in coffee has been the availability of decaf coffee. While this is not necessarily the best option to take, you can use decaf coffee as part of your process to stop drinking coffee. This way you can still be drinking the same number of cups of coffee as before, but you will replace some of your regular coffee cups with decaf and gradually increasing the number of decaf cups over time until it fully replaces all your regular cups of coffee.
3. Make a healthier replacement
Why not replace your caffeine fix with another warm drink like tea? Green tea, for instance, contains less caffeine than coffee and has also been known to have antioxidants that are beneficial for your well-being.
4. Create a new morning routine
Instead of running to make your cup of coffee in the morning, create a new morning routine. Maybe put on your sneakers and start your morning with a jog. You will find the cold morning air hugely beneficial to waking yourself up as you are feeding oxygen to your brain and awakening it for your day. Also, foods like apples have the ability to perk you up just as coffee does. Apples contain no caffeine but instead have about 13 grams of natural sugar. These sugars and vitamins are slowly released in the body mirroring the feeling you get when you drink caffeine – making you feel more awake.
5. Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation is hardly conducive to starting the day on a fresh note. By getting enough sleep at night, somewhere around 7 to 8 hours, you will find that when you wake you won’t feel as tired.
It's not farfetched to live without coffee, and you can do it easily with some of the simple steps above. You will find that without coffee in your system you will be more awake and productive in your day.
Once you have found people who will support you in your decision to break free from coffee, you will need to learn to replace coffee with a healthier drink. Orange juice has demonstrated to help in the withdrawal route. Several people boast that sipping a few cups of orange juice each day for the first few weeks after quitting help in decreasing headaches that may go with the detoxification route. You can do it!
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