Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine Withdrawal
Four out of five Americans drink coffee. 50% of those who drink it have more than five cups a day and 25% drink more than ten cups - many of them supercharged “café grandes.” Millions of other adults, adolescents and children, including toddlers, are guzzling liters of caffeinated colas daily. That’s a lot of caffeine consumption and a lot of associated health problems.

And the reason for it is simple. Caffeine is addictive. People become emotionally and physically dependent on their “morning fix.” And over time, they develop a tolerance, needing more and more caffeine.

If you’re an addictive type personality, don’t believe for a minute drinking coffee or colas in “moderation” is okay. That’s like telling an alcoholic they can have just one or two drinks a day or informing the obese it’s okay to have a rich dessert every once in a while. Not a chance. The temptation for overindulgence, abuse and continued addiction is too strong.

If you don’t want to rely on a caffeine addiction to get you through each day, it’s possible. With commitment, you can eliminate your dependency and enjoy a healthy, non-addicted, caffeine-free lifestyle. And, it’s highly recommended. You’ll feel more fully awake, energized, relaxed and free.

It makes good health and lifestyle sense to totally eliminate caffeine, either gradually or “cold turkey.” Both work. Quitting coffee and cola drinks “cold turkey” is quick and effective. But, for many people, it can create some pretty unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These include severe headaches, nausea, irritability, anxiety, fatigue and depression that can last for days. Even mild symptoms can go on for as long as two weeks.

Getting enough rest and drinking lots of water will help counter the effects of withdrawal. Taking long walks has also been found to help with the detoxification. If you’re interested in the “fast track” of withdrawal, avoid places and circumstances where you drank coffee or colas in the past and consider quitting when you can take some time off and get away from your normal everyday routine.

A good way to escape most of the withdrawal symptoms is to gradually cut back on the caffeine you consume by about 50% a day. You can substitute straight water, decaf or herbal tea for caffeinated drinks.

To maintain a steady natural energy level, be sure to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and drink plenty of pure, clean water. Keeping a balance in your life between regular exercise and relaxation is also important. Soon you’ll feel more awake and energized – naturally.

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