I have gone through caffeine detox myself a couple of times…
The first time you do a caffeine detox is always the hardest, but having a break from the effects of caffeine and letting your body relax and take some time to calm down in well worth the effort.
If you are noticing the effects of too much coffee or are interested in reducing your caffeine intake, I hope you find this post of use.
In this post I will cover:
What caffeine is and how it works.
The symptoms of excess caffeine.
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In: How to do a Caffeine detox and deal with Caffeine Withdrawal. part 2
I will be covering:
2 ways to do a coffee detox.
How long a detox will take
Ways to reduce the caffeine detox symptoms.
What Is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system and is actually classified as a psychoactive drug.
Caffeine’s mechanism of action on the body has many effects, with the term “mechanism of action” referring to the biochemical interaction through which a drug or similar substance produces its effect.
For this post, I will only make reference to the way in which caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain.
This is why coffee can stop you feeling sleepy… for a while.
Read: The Truth About Caffeine
Adenosine is usually found in the brain when you are getting tired and it is a signal to the brain that rest is required.
If this is blocked then you can keep going longer but at the expense of future restful sleep or relaxation.
This is because the caffeine in your coffee stimulates the central nervous system, specifically the autonomic nervous system.
This is the system that acts unconsciously to control bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response and urination to name just a few.
As stated above, caffeine can help you go longer and stay awake or just focus more when you need to, however, caffeine makes the body feel wired or buzzed.
With an excessive intake of coffee over time, you will begin to experience a wide range of health effects.
Excessive Caffeine consumption can cause some or all of the following
Drinking caffeine increases the output of fluid from the body by urination. if you are not taking in enough water to balance the effect of the urination, over time dehydration can develop and this will sap your energy as well as reduce the functionality of bodily organs.
Increased Heart Rate
Caffeine speeds up the heart. when taken in excess over a prolonged period this can lead to damage to the heart due to the accelerated pace making it hard for the heart to function normally. when the heart rate is raised a greater strain is placed on the body and this will make you feel more tired in the long run.
Raised Blood Pressure
With the heart being taxed due to not being able to beat at a normal rate you would find that higher than normal blood pressure will result. when excess coffee is consumed the caffeine will cause a rise in both the upper and lower blood pressure readings and high blood pressure is a problem.
As stated previously, excess caffeine can and often does cause insomnia.
Caffeine stimulates the brain and makes it race, having problems “Switching-Off” as it is usually referred to.
There is a reason you shouldn’t drink coffee less than 6hrs before bed.
6hrs is around the normal half-life of caffeine. so if you have a sneaky espresso at 3 pm to keep you going. you will still have half the caffeine buzzing around your system by 9 pm.
so let’s say your espresso has 200mg of caffeine in it.
at 3 pm you will be buzzing at full dose and as stated above by 9 pm you will be at 100mg. but because we are talking half-life, it will take until 3 am for the caffeine to drop to 50mg and you will still be processing 25mg of caffeine by 9 am the next day.
so you can see why it is easy for the body to build up a backlog of caffeine in the system.
which leads us on to…
Due to the half-life of caffeine in the system, as discussed above, it can be very easy to develop an increased tolerance to caffeine and need stronger and stronger doses to get the baseline effect that you are used to. this can mean that your small coffee on the way into work will progressively develop into a double espresso fix and more.
if you think yo have a serious addiction to caffeine, read this.
Caffeine and Peptic Ulcer Irritation
Caffeine is a known irritant of peptic ulcers and along term, high strength coffee intake can make the ulcer a lot more problematic.
Caffeine is linked to Depression
Because caffeine causes highs and lulls in energy as well as mood.
you get high in energy from your coffee but this will be short lived and soon a low will be on its way.
This mix of high and low energy is a situation that is linked to the risk or experiencing symptoms of depression.
Read: The Caffeine Blues
Related closely to the jittery nervousness that is caused by caffeine, anxiety can be transient or in some cases a long-term effect of excessive caffeine consumption.
related to the jitters mentioned above, caffeine headaches are caused by prolonged overstimulation of the nervous system.
Like caffeine-induced anxiety, caffeine headaches can be a transient or in some cases a long-term effect of excessive caffeine consumption.
Caffeine headaches are also part of caffeine withdrawal.
Well, I hope you have found this post about caffeine detox of interest. if you have then please see: How to do a Caffeine detox and deal with Caffeine Withdrawal. part 2, where I go into more detail about how to do a caffeine detox.
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