When did we all become dependent on a cup of coffee to make us feel like we could face the day? I don’t feel like myself and can be quite grouchy until I’ve had my morning caffeine. I no longer want to have to be stimulated to go about my daily activities and interact with others. After much research, I have decided that quitting caffeine has more benefits than it does draw backs.
Caffeine is a drug
I am on a mission to be more health conscious and think about how what I put in my mouth affects my body. Cutting out the foods that have no nutritional value has been a big part of that. Caffeine is above all else a stimulant and an addictive drug. If you doubt its addictive qualities try giving up your daily Starbucks run and experience the withdrawal symptoms first hand.
I want to keep my vitamins and minerals
I work hard to make sure that I eat right. I eat a variety of healthy foods to ensure that I get an array of vitamins and minerals. Caffeine, coffee in particular is a diuretic and robs your body of important vitamins and minerals. These minerals include but are not limited to calcium, B vitamins and Vitamin C. Women especially want to make sure our bodies aren’t robbed of calcium intake to avoid osteoporosis as we age.
Getting back to my normal sleep patterns
There is a natural sleep and wake rhythm to our body that correlates with the sun. That cycle is disturbed when we are constantly energizing ourselves with caffeine. For obvious reasons caffeine can interfere with sleep patterns making it hard to get to sleep night. Using caffeine to wake up after a restless night’s sleep and then again not being able to get to sleep at night because of caffeine can start a vicious cycle.
Protecting my heart
It is believed that caffeine can cause unnatural heart rhythms as well as anxiety. I began kicking my caffeine habit with an experiment; I quit caffeine for a few days. My withdrawal symptoms included headache, fatigue, and grumpiness. After 3 days I drank a cup of coffee, not only did my heart pound like crazy, I felt very speedy and jittery. This helped me to see that caffeine affected my body more than I thought. I have found simple substitutes to coffee in herbal teas as well as decaf versions of my favorite coffee and teas. I don’t miss caffeine a bit and am happy that I quit!