Are you one of those people who can’t remember a time when they didn’t consume caffeine, either in the form of soda, tea, or coffee?
According to LiveStrong, when you use caffeine on a daily basis, your body grows familiar to it and you need gradually higher amounts to experience the same alertness and enhanced concentration.
It can also be an addiction – like drugs, alcohol and smoking.
Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day, and that isn’t anything new. There are negative effects to it and there are also positive effects to it. Caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation.
If you know you’re a bit hooked with this stimulant, here’s what happens to your body is quit taking caffeine:
- You’ll lose weight.
The average person realizes how many calories they are consuming with their caffeinated drinks. We should all be aware that even just a bit of cream and sugar in your coffee mug could easily put you at 200-plus calories per serving.
- You’ll feel calmer.
Caffeine, being the stimulant that it is, means it rises and awakens your nervous system. Caffeine triggers a release of adrenaline which puts you, without reason, into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This can cause a heightening of blood pressure. If you don’t take caffeine anymore, you’ll be at your natural state.
- You’ll sleep better.
Caffeine can greatly lessen the amount and quality of sleep. A caffeine boost even 6 hours before bedtime can disturb sleep later on that night. The result? You’ll be waking up groggily and craving for more caffeine, such as your morning coffee. It’s a cycle. Avoid caffeine products 10 hours before bed.
- You’ll notice fewer headaches.
Caffeine is a major set off for headaches and migraine. Any adjustment in your normal daily caffeine consumption can result in a caffeine withdrawal headache.
- You’ll experience better digestion.
Coffee is acidic, and contains compounds that can irritate the lining of the digestive tract. It can cause indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. Quitting caffeine is a great way to show your digestive system some gentleness.
Feeling inspired to kick the coffee habit? Too much caffeine can wreck havoc on your health! If you’d like to break a caffeine addiction with minimum of withdrawal symptoms, contact your doctor to get some help. Caffeine withdrawal duration typically lasts for 2 days to about a week.