wake up each day and reach for your morning cup of coffee?
If you skip your coffee, do you get a headache and find yourself
probably addicted to caffeine. Caffeine is the most commonly
used stimulant and one of the most common addictions. According
to some sources, approximately 80% of the world's population
consumes coffee on a daily basis.
is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, as well as
other products like weight loss pills and analgesics.
may not consider caffeine addiction a real addiction, and therefore
seldom take it seriously. That
is, until too much caffeine intake results in such ill effects as constant headaches, insomnia, anxiety or even panic
More seriously, high caffeine consumption can also elevate the heart
rate and result in high blood
too much caffeine can have adverse effects, but lowering your
caffeine levels too abruptly can also have the same or similar
of caffeine withdrawal include headaches,
difficulty concentrating, fatigue, nausea and muscle
aches. Other symptoms may also range from severe mood
swings to irritability and depression.
to gradually cut down on caffeine
back on caffeine can be beneficial to your health, but it should
be done slowly in order to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal
symptoms. Those who consume large amounts of caffeine or have
consumed coffee for many years should not totally eliminate
caffeine from their diet, but steadily reducing the amount
over a period of weeks to avoid the adverse effects of going
tapering off, kick-start the morning with coffee or tea but
then switch to caffeine-reduced or caffeine-free drinks during
the day. Similarly, have a piece of chocolate rather than
consuming the entire candy bar.
experts recommend increasing water or other non-caffeinated
liquid intake during withdrawal to ease symptoms. Proper
rest, exercise, and incorporating other lifestyle changes
to reduce daily stress
will also ease the most severe symptoms.