The quitting caffeine aid that will work is not willpower.
Because it takes more than willpower to reprogram your mind and body.
I’ve tried to quit caffeine dozens of times. Sure I could push through the horrible headaches and brain fog of caffeine withdrawal and get to the other side. I’d pat myself on the back and feel proud. Until old habits, or life pressures, made me fall back into old habits.
Just a cup of coffee for an early meeting. Or one in the afternoon before a late night. And one cup will gradually flow into another and I’d be back to my daily habit.
And all the reasons I wanted to cut back were once again a problem.
It has been almost 3 years since I bought a cup of coffee at Starbucks. That’s a big deal since I spent over $200 a month there.
And I would have argued I NEEDED that coffee. Without it I felt like I couldn’t function. I’d be cranky, short tempered, impatient and groggy without multiple cups a day.
I was standing in line the other day and this women was doing a great “karen” impersonation and I honestly believe she would have been better off if she would just switch to decaf. It’s not life that is stressing us out so much (or not completely) it’s too much caffeine.
But just knowing that you consume too much caffeine does not mean it’s easy to stop consuming it and there are only a couple options when you are looking for a quitting caffeine aid. Because big business wants you to say hooked on caffeine.
A Real Quitting Caffeine Aid To The Rescue
No one wants to make it easy to quit caffeine because there is big money in your morning coffee. Products containing caffeine as traded commodities are surpassed only by sales of petroleum products! So a quitting caffeine aid will never be a priority of big businesses.
In fact, caffeine consumption is up among all age groups, even children (because there is no rule that says caffeine can’t be marketed to children).
Even the hot chocolate that most people will buy for children as a treat when they visit a coffee shop, has a decent amount of caffeine (usually equivalent to about a quarter cup of coffee) along with massive amounts of sugar that will certainly add to the stimulative impact of the drink.
In fact, all that sugar and caffeine is intended to overstimulate you and get you hooked. Too much caffeine will trigger:
Diuresis, chronic edema
Rambling thought or speech
Tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia
Periods of inexhaustibility
But caffeine does more than trigger short term jitters and overstimulation. Prolonged overuse of caffeine will trigger immunosuppression (your body’s ability to fight back and stay healthy) as well as adrenal fatigue (characterized by brain fog, low energy, depressive mood, salt and sweet cravings, lightheadedness).
In fact, when you try to quit caffeine its not one symptom that keeps you from quitting, its many symptoms:
Difficulty Concentrating (Brain Fog)
Even Flu-Like Symptoms In Extreme Cases
And these symptoms can last for months depending on how long, and how much you have been overusing caffeine.
But you don’t have to just accept being dependent on caffeine. You can give up the caffeine habit quickly and painlessly.
Quitting Caffeine Help
To effectively quit caffeine you need to address all the secondary needs too much caffeine created:
Support your immune system with Vitamin C and Zinc.
There is a reason you see so many products offering “immune support” nowadays. All that caffeine leads to immune suppression. So when you want to support your immune system, one of the most studied, and proven methods, is vitamin c and zinc. This is a combination that helps you body naturally be it’s best and gives you the tools to reset your caffeine habit more easily.
Look for natural sources of energy like in B vitamins. B vitamins have been shown to help with the health of you nervous system (the same nervous system that is overstimulated and depleted by too much caffeine).
Cut Down On Caffeine, Don't Just Stop Suddenly
Not only will quitting caffeine suddenly give you the absolute worst odds of success, it has been shown to be a migraine trigger.
You didn’t get dependent on caffeine with one cup, it took time to build up your caffeine dependence. And you need to quit the same way.
In fact, the very best way to quit caffeine is to trick your body into not thinking you are cutting back at all. People that study these things call it partial caffeine deprivation. But the bottom line is if your body thinks the caffeine is still flowing, even in smaller amounts, your body will not panic and trigger caffeine withdrawal.
But there is something to remember: you have to cut back. If you just consume caffeine willy nilly and go up and down in your caffeine intake, you won’t be winning the caffeine addiction battle. You’ll still be dependent and will still feel all the nasty caffeine withdrawal symptoms when you miss a cup of two.
And knowing how much caffeine you are really consuming is another way they keep you hooked. There are no rules that caffeine content has to be disclosed on most labels. So figuring out how much caffeine you REALLY consume and sensibly cutting back, is one of the major challenges that most people fail in their caffeine battle.
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