Caffeine is a substance that stimulates the central nervous system. Many people feel they need this to get going throughout the day.
One very important benefit of giving up caffeine was that it saved money. I no longer had to buy coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, soda, energy drinks on a regular basis to sustain the habit. The many coffee shops and convenience stores no longer got my money. These savings were used to indulge in something a little healthier.
I came to the realization that there were too many side effects that occurred when I had caffeine. My blood pressure would fluctuate to a higher range when I would have caffeine. This would increase the rate of headaches that would occur. I could feel myself becoming jittery throughout the day. My body would crash in the afternoon when the caffeine would wear off. To combat this, more caffeine would have to be ingested. This would rev the body up in the evening making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The cycle would start over again the next day.
I later began to think about the effects it had on a pregnant woman. Caffeine passed to babies causes sleep issues and irritability. If caffeine is not healthy for a pregnant woman to have then we should not have it either. This made the most sense to me if a pregnant mother can’t have it, I don’t need it.
When I saw the medical precautions and how large amounts of caffeine could be harmful, I knew I had to change. It could cause my heart to beat irregularly. It could weaken my bones. Caffeine could cause stomach problems to worsen. It could have effects on blood pressure or cause chest pain. Some have had complaints of ringing in the ears. These are issues that could be prevented just by giving up caffeine.
When I finally gave up the caffeine and my body adjusted to being without it, it was the most amazing feeling ever. I was able to wake up refreshed and didn’t have to rely on caffeine to get me going. I wasn’t jittery throughout the day and didn’t crash in the afternoons. My blood pressure was normal and I didn’t have regular headaches. I was able to get a good night’s sleep and that allowed me to be alert and ready to tackle the next day. I was happy to say goodbye to caffeine.