Not enough people are saying it: but quitting caffeine is probably the single best thing you can do for improving your health and energy.
The negative effects of caffeine on the body include:
– Energy swings or periods of fatigue during the day
– Mood swings or periods of depression
– Gastrointestinal distress, cramping, diarrhea
– Constipation and/or dependence on caffeine for bowel movement
– Tension or stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hands, legs or stomach
– Premenstrual syndrome, menstrual irregularity, camps, sore breasts
– Painful/sensitive lumps in breast
– Irritability, including inappropriate fits of anger
– Irregular or rapid heartbeat
– Waking up feeling tired
– Generalized pain (back, stomach, muscles)
– High blood pressure
– Shortness of breath
– Difficulty in concentration
– Ringing in ears
– Coldness in extremities
– Hand tremor
This list is taken from the highly-researched book “Caffeine Blues“.
But that’s only the beginning!
Once you do realize that caffeine is not good for you, and you try your best to quit caffeine, you then have to face the terrible withdrawal symptoms, which include:
Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
Increased muscle tension
That’s one of the main reasons why people are afraid of quitting caffeine: those damn withdrawal symptoms.
Here are a few helpful tips for you:
– Don’t go cold-turkey! Allow a period of 2-3 weeks to completely get off caffeine. Use the painless program at: http://www.teeccino.com/quitting.aspx
– Once you have completely quit caffeine, don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t immediately feel better. It will take 4 to 8 weeks AFTER you are completely off caffeine to feel back to your old self. But be prepared for a big change in your health: you will feel a lot better! Just give it enough time.
– Replace caffeine with exercise! Get a natural oxygen boost that way.
– Learn some valuable breathing exercises.
– Improve your diet. Drink more green smoothies. The beneficial elements in greens will help you overcome caffeine addiction.