How to do a Caffeine detox and deal with Caffeine Withdrawal. part 2

Caffeine Detox and withdrawalFor the first part of this 2 part post on doing a Caffeine Detox and dealing with caffeine withdrawal, see How to do a Caffeine detox and deal with Caffeine Withdrawal. part 1

This caffeine withdrawal post will cover

  • 2 methods to do a coffee detox.
  • How long a detox will take
  • Ways to reduce caffeine detox symptoms.

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Method 1: Take it slowly (Recommended)

Practical Examples:

  • Reduce your coffee intake by 1/4 of a cup every two to three days. (This is difficult if you don’t make coffee at home.)
  • Energy Drinks should also be reduced by a 1/4  of a regular can every two to three days.
  • Soda should also be reduced by 1/2 a can every two to three days or by a 1/4 a bottle if drinking a 16 fl.oz. size.
  • With regards to tea… this should also be reduced by cutting back by 1/2 a cup every two days.
So what are the pros and cons of this method?

The Pros:

Your withdrawal symptoms will be less severe or possible none existent.

The slow reduction in caffeine will enable you to remain productive and avoid full caffeine withdrawal

You will have less of a caffeine withdrawal headache or possibly even no headache using this method to deal with your caffeine withdrawal.

there will be a greatly reduced shock to the system due to the gradual decrease.


The Cons:

Can take longer to detox depending on the beginning daily dose amount.

Requires tracking caffeine and being intentional about what’s being consumed and how much.


 Read: The easy way to quit caffeine

In The Easy Way to Quit Caffeine, Allen Carr addresses the difficulties coffee-drinkers – and fizzy drink consumers – face in trying to quit caffeine. By explaining why you feel the need for caffeine and with simple step-by-step instructions to set you free from your addiction, Carr shows you how to lead a happier, healthier, more chilled life.


Method 2: Going the full “Cold Turkey”

With this approach, you simply tackle the issue of caffeine withdrawal head on. stop consuming caffeine full stop!

This might be a faster way to caffeine detoxification but it comes as a major hit to a system that is used to running on high caffeine levels.

So what are the pros and cons of this method?

The Pros: 

This is by far the fastest path to a complete detox from caffeine.

It will give you a whole new appreciation for the ways in which caffeine affects many aspects of the body.


The Cons:

You may experience a range of caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

You may be performing at sub-par levels at work for 1 to 3 days… sometimes weeks if you were a severe caffeine fiend.

Because you may well feel terrible for a few days, this method may lead to you giving up your caffeine detox completely.


Caffeine Withdrawal – A Timeline

So how long does a caffeine detox take?

As mentioned in the previous post, it can take quite some time due to the way caffeine is broken down in the body.

After your last cup of coffee… here is what a typical timeline might look like.

  • Within 12 to 24 hours the withdrawal symptoms of going coffee free will kick in… but it can take up to 36 hours.
  • These symptoms usually peak between 20 and 51 hours.
  • You will usually be fine after  2 to 9 days, although sometimes it can take up to 12 days depending on how much of a caffeine habit you had.

If you are seriously addicted, it can take several months to feel “as good as new.”

During this adjustment period, you might continue to experience brain fog and lethargy.


Supplements for Caffeine Withdrawal

On a more positive note, while there is little scientific evidence to show that certain supplements can help reduce the hit you take from a sudden caffeine reduction, here are a few things that have been anecdotally recorded to be of use.

  • vitamin C and B complex
  • The minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc
  • The Amino Acids Tyrosine or Phenylalanine

There is also a group of herbal remedies known as adaptogens that may be useful for caffeine withdrawal by simultaneously calming and boosting energy without being overstimulating.

  • Ginseng
  • Ginger
  • Ashwagandha
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Rhodiola rosea

And on a final note, Rosemary essential oil helps with the symptoms of opium withdrawal, so it should be helpful for caffeine withdrawal as well.

Other essential oils known to reduce headache pain include:

    • Peppermint
    • Lavender
    • Chamomile

So that it for this 2 part post about caffeine detox and caffeine withdrawal.

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Wishing you good health and happiness

Bob

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