The Truth About Coffee Dependence
| LAST UPDATE 02/28/2022
Although we may love having our fresh morning cup of coffee, sometimes it's nice to give our bodies a little break from the caffeine-filled drink. Once we've had our cup of joe, we feel energized and awake - but after around 4-6 hours, we feel like we need to have a second cup. This is because the effects of caffeine have subsided, making us feel extra exhausted. And while it is okay for adults to have around 400 milligrams of coffee a day (around 3-4 cups), there are many negative effects that come with it. Here's what to know.
Consuming large quantities of caffeine can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and even insomnia, which leads to a vicious cycle of needing more caffeine. This may be unknown to many coffee drinkers, but the delicious drink also impacts many bodily functions. This includes immune and gut activity, blood pressure, mood and alertness, heart function, respiratory and kidney function, exercise performance, and the sleep-wake cycle. So removing the drink from your morning routine may influence the function of these many systems, leading to withdrawal symptoms. Each person may experience different symptoms, but the most common ones include feeling fatigued, having headaches, being less focused, having trouble concentrating, bowel irregularity, cravings, muscle fatigue, mood fluctuations, and stomach pains.
While these don't sound so great, some individuals, unfortunately, may even have more severe symptoms like vomiting, changes in blood pressure, digestive complications, muscle stiffness, and abdominal pain. Signs of withdrawal typically start to happen around 12 to 24 hours after drinking your last 2 cups of coffee. Expect the worst to be at around 20 to 51 hours after consuming the beverage. The best way to avoid these negative reactions? One should consider slowly removing caffeine from their daily rituals. Instead of going cold turkey, each day, try to reduce the amount of coffee you drink until your body regulates itself.
There are many other delicious drinks options to choose from when detoxing from coffee. First off, look for caffeine-free or herbal coffees, which will provide you with the familiar taste but without all the harmful effects. But for those looking to boost those energy levels, these foods can do the trick instead. Stay tuned for more health hacks.