There are many opinions on whether or not caffeine is good for us. I personally feel that the risks and negative side effects of caffeine far out way any of the apparent advantages that come from its consumption. These side effects can include increased heart rate and blood pressure, weakened bones, tooth decay, anxiety, dehydration, insomnia, addiction and the list goes on. Of particular concern is the consumption of caffeine while pregnant.
If you are pregnant or simply trying to kick the habit, here are 10 tips to get you started:
1. Write down your reason(s) for quitting and display your list where you will see it everyday.
3. If you are not the “quit cold turkey” kind of person, reduce your caffeine consumption gradually.shaking
4. Switch to green tea as a way to transition away from caffeine. Green tea contains mild traces of caffeine, but will not feed your caffeine addiction in the same way as a cup of coffee. Eventually, you may be able to switch completely to herbal tea, which contains no caffeine at all.
5. Increase your water intake. A common side effect of quitting caffeine is headaches.
Increasing your hydration will help with your withdrawal symptoms. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to the water for added flavor and detoxing properties.
6. Find someone to quit with you. Whether you support each other or compete with each other, you will find that having someone go through the same experience will help you stick to your goal.
7. Avoid all major forms of caffeine, including soft drinks, chocolate and foods containing cocoa.
8. Allow yourself plenty of time for rest and recuperation. As your body goes through this withdrawal, it will need as much rest and nutrition as possible. Snack on fresh, raw veggies when you have a craving.
9. Turn on the lights and use your favorite up-tempo music to wake you up and get your blood moving.
10. If you give in, don’t give up. Know that we all stumble at times, but it is getting back on tract that counts.
If you have had success in ditching your caffeine addiction, please post below and tell us how you did it.
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About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com and founder of nutritionalinstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.