Are You Addicted to Caffeine? Here’s How to Nix the Habit

01.94.2012 - CaffeineIn America, we are very against drug and alcohol addictions. However, while we have good reason to be against these addictions, many are not aware of another addiction that is robbing us of our health, caffeine. While one cup of coffee or green tea may be fine and even beneficial for our health, many of us are consuming way too much caffeine all day long.

You May be Consuming Caffeine Without Knowing it

Caffeine can be found in several places, from food (any food made with chocolate), coffee, tea, pain medication, soda and energy drinks. The problem with consuming too much caffeine is that your body will start to have withdrawals. Not sure if you are having caffeine withdrawals? Check out these symptoms and see if any relate to you:

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus Issues or Flu-like Symptoms
  • Fatigue and Lethargy
  • Mild Depression
  • Hard to Concentrate and Work

How to Nix the Caffeine Habit

  • Avoid Caffeine: Now that you know caffeine is in several products, why not try to avoid them all together. If you know you need a cup of coffee in the morning to wake up, why not try a glass of ice water and a shower? Or if you rely on a cup of coffee to make it past the mid-day hump, try eating trail mix (sans chocolate) and drinking more water.
  • Use Substitutes – Try decaf coffee or tea for the taste and health benefits you love without all of the caffeine. You can also switch your over-the-counter pain medication for one without caffeine and your dessert for a non-chocolate one.
  • Drink More Water – Water helps keep your body hydrated from the dehydrating effects of caffeine. Also, water will also help flush out caffeine from your body and deal with the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Slow Down Your Consumption – You don’t have to quit caffeine for good. However, it is wise to cut your consumption by 50-75%. You don’t have to do this all in one day though. Instead, make note of how much caffeine you are having per day and start cutting back gradually.

You don’t have to rely on coffee if you don’t want to. However, many people would rather have their one cup of coffee or chocolate bar per day. The problem is when you become addicted to caffeine, your body responds with unpleasant symptoms.

Always consult your primary care physician for any medical or dietary advice.

 

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