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How Can I Stop Drinking Caffeine?

Common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include nausea and vomiting.
Choosing chamomile tea is a good way to alleviate caffeine from the diet.
Energy drinks contain caffeine.
A cup of drip coffee can have up to 175 mg of caffeine.
A glass of decaffeinated soda.
Chewing sugar-free gum may help fight the craving for caffeinated drinks.
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For many people interested in living a healthier lifestyle, overcoming caffeine dependency can become an intermediate goal. Too much caffeine in the diet can lead to stomach upset, irritability, nervousness, panic attacks and other disorders. Designer coffee drinks can also add unwanted calories and fat to the diet. But how do you stop drinking caffeine when you’ve come to depend on it for energy? Fortunately, caffeine withdrawal occurs in five days or less with most people, and there are things you can do to ease the way.

First, don’t stop drinking caffeine cold turkey. Ease off it over a period of time to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as headache and nausea. This gradual process will give your body time to recover and compensate for the missing stimulant.

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If coffee is your vice, a good way to stop drinking caffeine is to wean yourself off by mixing your regular brew with decaf to make “half-caf” coffee. Nearly every flavor of coffee today is made in decaf, which still contains a small amount of caffeine. By adding a 50/50 mixture of caffeinated and decaffeinated grind together in the coffee maker, you are essentially cutting your caffeine intake in half without sacrificing your coffee. You can also mix flavors like regular vanilla nut crème and decaf caramel truffle for a flavorful treat. If your coffee is ready-made at work, bring decaf from home in a jug or thermos. Fill your cup half way with the decaf before topping it off with the coffee from work.

A soda drinker might try various flavors of decaffeinated soda until you find one you like. Soda made with Splenda™ will not introduce sugar into your body, making it easier to kick the caffeine habit, maintain normal blood sugar levels, and keep calories down. Carbonated, flavored waters are another alternative, and chewing sugarless gum can also help. Cut back caffeine by having a caffeine-free alternative every other time you reach for a drink.

When you make the decision to stop drinking caffeine be sure to take care of yourself otherwise. Get plenty of sleep so that you wake rested, and remember that exercise is a natural stimulant. Even mild exercise done regularly will help “boot up” your body’s natural healing processes, counteracting lethargic feelings that might result from reducing caffeine intake. The more you exercise (within reason) the better you will feel. If you have physical limitations, consult with your doctor or a qualified trainer for the right regimen.

Diet is also important for maintaining energy and a sense of well-being. Avoid blood sugar swings by eating balanced meals with good sources of protein, healthy carbs and grains, and go easy on sweets by allowing fruits to fill the need. Your body should produce all the energy you need when balanced and healthy.

By making these changes, you should be able to stop drinking caffeine with little to no ill effects. After a week of cutting your caffeine in half, reduce it a step further, and so on and so forth, until you stop drinking caffeine all together.

Some people prefer to stop drinking caffeine at once, rather than taking the gradual road. Heavy soda or coffee drinkers that stop drinking caffeine cold turkey normally experience a headache with possible nausea for 2-5 days, after which the body’s brain chemistry normalizes. Other side effects of caffeine withdrawal including lethargy and mild depression can take longer to shake without the benefits of a good diet, rest, and exercise.

Most experts agree that moderate caffeine intake of 100-300 milligrams (mg) per day poses no significant health risks to adults, with some people being more sensitive than others to the drug. An average cup of drip coffee contains 100-135 mg of caffeine, while a cup of decaf coffee contains 2-5 mg. Sodas range from 34-55 mg in caffeine depending on the brand, with caffeine-free sodas containing no caffeine.

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anon247140
Post 5

I stopped drinking caffeine without any change to what I do normally. I used to drink three to five caffeine pops a day. After I stopped drinking all caffeine, I did feel a little low on energy but nothing too bad. I'm 16 so you might feel differently about caffeine.

I didn't drink pop so I could get more energy. It might be harder for someone who used caffeine for energy. I hoped this helped?

anon125010
Post 4

Professional or scientific addiction treatment is still in its infancy. AA does nothing to advance science and, to me, is like a cult greedily hanging on to power.

Some people stop serious, lifelong addictions on their own. Some do not. I don't see how surrounding yourself with troubled, sometimes neurotic and manipulative people and talking about alcohol all day helps anyone stay sober. My opinion, for what it's worth.

icecream17
Post 3

Subway11-Alcoholism is harder to treat and you will need to seek help to stop drinking.

A doctor will help you with your physical withdrawals and groups like Alcoholics Anonymous will provide you with a mentor that you will have for the rest of your life in order to treat this condition because there is no cure for alcoholism.

People with any addictive disorders like this will always have to take things one day at a time because the propensity to return to the addiction lessens in time, but it will never remove the possibility of returning to the addiction. You can't learn how to stop drinking alcohol on your own. You will need help.

subway11
Post 2

Cupcake15-Too much caffeine like those found in power soft drinks that are labeled for energy can cause your hands to shake and your heart to beat too fast.

I once heard of a story of a truck driver that was drinking about 7-8 energy drinks a day while on the road. He had to be rushed to the hospital because he felt like his heart was coming out of his chest.

The emergency room doctor noted that these types of drinks should be consumed in moderation because they can effect the nervous system which causes your hands to shake as well as your heart to beat too fast.

Caffeine is something that you can stop drinking now, but learning how to stop drinking alcohol on you own is quite different.

cupcake15
Post 1

When you stop drinking coffee you may start by changing to decaffeinated coffee. This way you still have the coffee but the caffeine levels are microscopic compared to caffeinated coffee.

Caffeine and health many not seem to go together, but actually caffeine has been proven to alert the mind and enhance memory. This is how caffeine can help.

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