Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day.
Caffeine, like most things, needs to be used in moderation, and with care, and not as a substitute for getting rest.
Dependence (and withdrawal) is very real, but research has found that a moderate amount of coffee may actually help protect against health issues like heart disease, Parkinson’s and diabetes.
But, wondering exactly what will happen to your body when you reduce your intake of coffee?
Here are symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal:
These can range from mild to severe, although not everyone will experience a pounding headache.
Usually, you’ll only experience a caffeine withdrawal headache if you have been drinking 500 mg of caffeine per day.
That’s about five cups of coffee. A lot by most people’s standards.
But even if you’re getting caffeine from sources other than coffee (like tea or soda) they will all count towards that 500 mg intake.
- Fatigue and Inability to Concentrate
concentrateCaffeine is a stimulant, so naturally when you remove it from your daily routine, you’re going to lose the energy kick it brings.
toilet issuesCaffeine tends to stimulate bowel activity so when you give up, you might feel a little (or a lot) backed up.
If this happens, you can get things moving again by eating plenty of fiber in the form of whole grains, vegetables and beans, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly.
- Can’t sleep
For some, caffeine withdrawal can also cause insomnia.
- Most experts advise quitting caffeine gradually. Cut down from 3 cups a day, to 2 and then one
- Substitute your coffee for green tea, which still contains caffeine, but much less than coffee
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated and avoid the headaches and constipation that are symptoms of withdrawal
- Lemon water is a good replacement for a morning cup of coffee
Note: These symptoms will start from 12 to 20 hours after your last caffeine hit, peaking two days later. You can expect them to last about a week.