Did you know it takes about 6 hours to halve the amount of coffee that is in your body? Imagine that you have just drank 100mg worth of caffeine at 8am. By 2pm, 50mg is still circulating in you. This goes on every 6 hours until the amount becomes insignificant. If you’re on prescription drugs like the pill, caffeine takes twice as long to metabolize. This is reality, much like these other 27 facts about caffeine.
To stop or even reduce drinking coffee is hard. This is because of the highly addictive nature of caffeine and the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that come with it. I WAS a coffee addict and I know how hard it takes to stop. Below are some of the more practical ways to reduce and eventually stop drinking coffee that you should start doing. Now.
Like the saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step”.
- Gradually Cutback
- Adjust To Decaf
- Reduced Caffeine Alternatives
- Milky Equivalent
- Mental Engagement
- Physical Exertion
- Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
- Caffeine Free Alternatives
- Completely Discontinue
- Complement Your Body’s Fight
- Power Nap
If you drink more than 1 cup a day, start reducing slowly, cup by cup. For example, if your typical day includes 3 cups, drop a cup for a week and then another one for the next until your reach 1 cup a day. This act allows your body to adjust easily to the lack of caffeine.
Change to decaffeinated coffee. This way you still have the coffee but the caffeine levels are microscopic compared to caffeinated coffee. You are effectively cutting down without sacrificing coffee.
Replace it with much healthier caffeinated alternatives like green tea, which has 4 times less caffeine than coffee and comes with a host of health benefits that make you live longer.
For many people, coffee means a big milky latte. Try substituting with hot chocolate or chai latte (spiced black tea with steamed milk containing very little caffeine).
Keep yourself occupied with interesting activities like learning the guitar, the piano, a new language, dance classes, etc to take your mind off coffee.
Jogging, swimming, biking, tennis and other physical activities do not only keep your mind occupied but also heals you at the same time, counteracting lethargic feelings that might result from reducing caffeine intake.
Give away your coffee from home. Stop visiting that coffee shop every morning. Take a different route if you must. Keep the cup that you’ve always drank coffee in and replace it with another.
Replace coffee with non caffeinated alternatives like fruit juice, vegetable juice, soy milk, honey, stevia and best of all, water. Lots and lots of water.
Go cold turkey if you truly want to see results fast. Most people will experience lethargy, headache and nausea but after 1 week at most, your body’s brain chemistry normalizes. A good diet plan, plenty of exercise and rest helps a lot.
Take dietary supplements, especially B-vitamin, to help your body generate and utilize energy.
A power nap is a nap you take during the day (between 1-4pm), when you hit an energy ‘low-point’ in your day. This small nap tends to refresh you so that you can finish the rest of your workday with as much energy as you had in the morning.
Take a 15 minutes power nap right after lunch. If you have an office of your own, good, otherwise do it during breaks, in your car in the office parking lot, in the bathroom stall, etc. Basically any place where you can put your head down, stay safe, not cause a distraction to others and remain undisturbed is an acceptable place to power nap.
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