Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Top 10 Health Benefits of Quitting Caffeine

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Caffeine is being consumed all over the world quite religiously, in fact, Americans are drinking it more than ever right now. And rightly so, Coffee has that soothing quality that tends to relax and energize people rather instantly. There are many health benefits of drinking coffee that have been scientifically backed, from a reduction in risk of Alzheimer’s disease to a better metabolism.

So don’t worry, we are not out of our minds and are recommending you to quit caffeine consumption. The purpose of this article to shed some light on some of the benefits that accrue after quitting caffeine. Moreover, you must know that Coffee is not the only way you can consume caffeine; there are numerous other ways to get your caffeine levels up, like matcha lattes and energy drinks.

So, here are all the attractive health benefits of living a caffeine-free life.

Better Aging

If you are facing aging issues, it would be considered wise to cut down on your caffeine intake if you can not completely avoid it. The reason being, caffeine is shown to be interfering with the formation of collagen in our body by impairing collagen synthesis in human skin.

Collagen is essential in keeping our skin, nails, and body healthy. So, quitting caffeine can be really good for you if you are fighting the aging process and trying to avoid wrinkles.       

Healthier Digestion

This particular benefit may not be a surprise for most people that consume caffeine on a regular basis. Intake of caffeine can be the main reason for a handful of unpleasant digestive issues. The reason for this is that caffeine naturally develops a laxative effect in our body that manipulates the bowels.

Moreover, if caffeine is consumed in excessive quantity, it can lead to diarrhea or loose stools. There has also been conclusive evidence that caffeine beverages can be a reason for the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  

Related: Best Home Remedies For Immediate Relief during Constipation

Fewer Headaches

If you thought that alcohol consumption is the only thing that leads to withdrawal, thing again, as the coffee withdrawal is as real as it gets.

If you have developed a pattern of drinking coffee at a certain time or times during the day, you will experience severe headaches if the pattern is not followed due to any reason. Just notice that whenever you are too busy to catch that cup coffee, you start feeling headaches until you drink the Coffee. Quitting caffeine can be one big step towards fewer headaches.

Balanced brain chemistry

You must already be aware of the fact that caffeine can affect your mood, but did you know that it can alter brain chemistry in a similar manner that illegal drugs like cocaine do. In most places, addiction to caffeine is also considered in determining drug dependence.

If you consume caffeine on a regular basis and decide to suddenly quit, you can expect some mood swings and coffee withdrawal effects.    

Lower blood pressure

If you are suffering from high blood pressure and/or are undergoing medical treatment for the same, it is best to avoid caffeine. There have been conclusive proofs to assert that caffeine can lead to an increase in blood pressure levels, mainly because of the nervous system stimulation.

Moreover, you are likely to prone to dangerous cardiovascular disease if a high level of caffeine (3-5 cups a day) is consumed.     

Balanced hormones for women

Women are set to benefit more from quitting caffeine as caffeinated beverages like soda, tea, and obviously, Coffee are proven to interfere in estrogen levels.

In a study conducted in 2012, it was found that after drinking over 2 cups (200 milligrams) of caffeine every day, the estrogen levels stood elevated in black and Asian women, there were lower estrogen levels in white women.

The reason why the alteration of estrogen levels due to caffeine is a great threat is that changing levels of estrogen are linked with ovarian cancers, breast cancers, and endometriosis.    

Healthier (and whiter!) teeth

This is yet another point that was already popularly known. Tea and Coffee can stain teeth. This is due to the discolored and buildup tooth enamel caused by a high level of tannins in these beverages. Moreover, the acidity in Coffee and other caffeinated drinks can also cause enamel decay and wear.  

More efficient absorption of nutrients

Now, this is a big one. If you quit drinking caffeine, your body will be able to become more efficient in the absorption of essential nutrients that you consume. Researchers believe that the tannins component in caffeine may impair the absorption of various nutrients like:

  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Calcium

If you are of older age, have an imbalanced diet, or a very high caffeine intake, this point may be even truer for you. Basically, if you happen to be old or drink too much Coffee, you are not currently able to absorb many essential nutrients for the diet that you are on, and a caffeine-free lifestyle is what you must be striving for.      

Better sleep

If you consume caffeine daily, then it may affect your sleep cycle. There have been studies asserting that Coffee can be responsible for restless sleep, alteration in the sleep cycle, and daytime drowsiness. Naturally, this can be even more effective if you regularly drink caffeine less than six hours before sleeping.

If you become caffeine-free, you would not only find yourself having a more undisturbed and bliss sleep at night but also taking a lot less time in falling asleep.   

Less anxiety

Most people turn to Coffee or other caffeinated beverages whenever they are stressed or anxious. But did you know that caffeine can also be the main reason for your anxiety?

Caffeine is used progressively in energy drinks as it is known to provide a quick burst of energy. During this process, caffeine release a lot of “fight or flight” hormones that are known to cause an increase in heart palpitation, nervousness, anxiety, and even panic attacks.

So, all things considered, if you are already diagnosed with anxiety and streets, consumption of caffeine can worsen your current symptoms. Moreover, there have been traces of evidence that worriedly link caffeine intake to depression in teens and adults.      

Conclusion

 We are all aware of how essential caffeine is in our lives, and we cringe every time some says ‘decaf’, but there are certain drawbacks of consuming caffeine that you must also be aware of.

All the major health benefits of living a caffeine-free life are discussed here. We are not recommending you to quit caffeine immediately by any means, and the whole purpose of the article is just to shed some light on various benefits of quitting Coffee.

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