What will happen if I stop drinking coffee?
First and foremost, I want to throw out there that we don’t encourage this type of nonsense. Quitting coffee, that is. What type of human would you be if you just left your adored, velvety, aroma-filled bag of fresh beans to sleep in your cupboard while you replaced them with something unworthy?
Coffee is very much a part of you. Just like your hands, it’s been picking you up every morning for years and now you decide you want to take a break? You might as well just chop your hands off and stay in bed. Okay, that may be a little extreme, but now that we’ve gotten the importance of your daily cup out of the way, let’s talk about what could actually happen if you did… cut back.
If you’re a coffee addict, you may experience one or more of these symptoms:
Many pain medications contain caffeine, as it can aid with pain relief. Caffeine helps to lower inflammation and increase the strength of other pain medications. Caffeine also restricts blood vessels in the head. Going without it can keep the blood vessels diluted, which can cause a headache. With some patience, your body will readjust in a few days.
Caffeine, of course gives you that jolt of energy you long for every morning. While this is the one thing we crave early on in the day, it’s not the best treat for the evening right before bed. You may find cutting back will help you get a better nights’ rest.
3. You could gain weight.
Coffee temporarily suppresses your appetite, helping you say no to unnecessary breakfast treats like donuts, scones, etc. Without your appetite suppressant, you may find yourself reaching for one or more of those treats because you “donut” care. You’re hungry!
4. You could lose weight.
If you favor the popular latte overflowing with whipped cream for your morning cup, it could be doing a number on your waistline. Drinking less of these delicious hot beverages could save you time, money and calories.
5. You may feel like shit. (temporarily)
Aside from caffeine withdrawal headaches, those who have limited their caffeine intake have also reported side effects like depression, anxiety, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, irritability, mood swings and sluggishness. I promise, you won’t feel this way forever. Hold on tight for the next couple weeks, and getting off that crazy roller coaster will be a breeze.
Here are some ways to ease the symptoms:
1. Take pain relievers.
Taking Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Tylenol can help to ease a headache brought on from caffeine withdrawal. These medications can also help with any muscle tension or stiffness you may experience along the unpleasant journey.
Although you won’t feel you have the energy or motivation to exercise, it will make you feel better, guaranteed. Exercising causes the release of dopamine, which is now in short supply because of the absence of caffeine. You’ll need all the dopamine you can get, so get a move on.
3. Eating healthy.
By improving your diet, you’re giving your body all the correct nutrients it needs to function properly. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will promote natural energy and a more positive mind.
4. Drink plenty of water.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Remaining hydrated can help ease almost any discomfort. Water is a miracle, so chug.
5. Get plenty of rest.
Plan to throw your caffeine intake to the waste-side on a weekend when you have no obligations. Sleeping a lot within the first couple of days is very common.
To avoid all of these symptoms, it’s really an easy fix. Don’t be a quitter. However, if you are doing this for a health reason or as recommended by a doctor, it takes time, but it is certainly attainable with some patience.