How to Naturally Break Caffeine Addiction

Most of us cannot function without our daily cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Others can’t imagine a day without a can or two of Red Bull or Mountain Dew. What do all these have in common? Good old caffeine. Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug, with millions of people around the world taking it in some form every day.

While the caffeine in your cup of coffee packs up a ton of health benefits, sometimes it may be necessary to cut back or quit altogether. Among the reasons for breaking the habit include caffeine-related health problems, doctor’s orders, excessive caffeine consumption, or caffeine dependence.

Caffeine dependence is a common effect of excessive caffeine consumption and may lead to other deleterious effects on your health. If you are already caffeine dependent, it won’t be easy to quit without the withdrawals. It’s not impossible, however, and with good management, you can avoid the withdrawals completely. 

Going Cold Turkey

There are two ways you can break your caffeine addiction or dependency. The first one, going cold turkey, requires you to abruptly stop taking coffee or any substance containing caffeine. Since your body has grown accustomed to the chemical state induced by caffeine, this will likely induce a number of withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms often include agitation, anxiety, tension, muscle aches, sweating, mild to severe headaches, fatigue, depression, and other psychological and physical symptoms. These will normally present within 12 – 24 hours of your last caffeine intake and peak within the next 48 hours. The severity, timeline, and duration of symptoms will often vary depending on factors such as individual biology, duration of caffeine use, and how much caffeine was being consumed.

Even with the risk of withdrawals, going cold turkey is one of the fastest ways of breaking the addiction to caffeine. But if you would rather avoid the withdrawals, then a slow taper might just do it for you.

Tapering

Slow tapers from caffeine involve gradual reduction of caffeine over days or weeks, depending on how much caffeine you were on. For example, if you were on 6 cups of coffee every day, you would reduce that amount by about half a cup every day for 12 days until you are off it. Alternatively, you can cut down by a full cup until you don’t need coffee any longer. It will all depend on your body and how you feel when you start tapering.

While going cold turkey might require you to take meds for pain, nausea, or other withdrawal symptoms, slow tapers offer you the chance to break caffeine dependence naturally without any pharmaceutical intervention.

You can even reduce your caffeine intake by substituting your morning cup of coffee (or part of it) with healthier alternatives such as green tea. These alternatives will still give you the coffee high, but without the risk of becoming dependent.

Herbal supplements such as Caffeine Support can also be helpful in keeping withdrawal symptoms at bay. As a natural caffeine withdrawal supplement, Caffeine Support contains a carefully blended mix of vitamins and minerals in activated herbs that help ease your body from the shock of coming off caffeine. At the same time, the elements contained in this supplement take over some of the functions of caffeine in the body, which helps to keep you productive even without the cups of coffee.



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