Have you ever done drugs? Are you a drug addict? If you are one of the 83% of Americans who drink coffee (According to the National Coffee Association), the answer is yes!
Just because you are a drug addict doesn’t mean you are a bad person, it just means that you are an emotionally unstable one. Like any stimulant, caffeine releases adrenaline and the two most common emotional effects are irritability and anxiety. Yes, just like cocaine or methamphetamine, when you ingest caffeine your alertness and ability to “do things” increases, but when the drug wears off the opposite happens and you experience the “crash”. You read all the good data that is reported on caffeine like it increases concentration and memory. What they do not say, which should be stated directly after, is once the caffeine “high” has worn off you will experience the opposite…a decrease in concentration and memory.
Like any other stimulant, caffeine is addictive both mentally and physically. If you are a coffee drinker and want to quit, there are a couple of options that may help. Because caffeine is a drug, you are going to have withdrawal symptoms like headaches, fatigue, mental fuzziness and sometimes the feeling of getting the flu. If you are a heavy caffeine user ask your doctor what is best for you. For most tapering off is suggested. If you drink four cups a day, take it down to three, then two, then one and then finally cut yourself off. Will there be withdrawals? Yes, but tapering off will help. I just quit last week...this is what I did it and what I felt…
I drank two very strong cups of coffee a day in the morning and that is it. It would get me going, but many times the crash would come a few hours later. Some days the caffeine didn’t take and I would never get going. It was an ongoing battle trying to “dose” myself correctly and that is one reason I looked into quitting. I knew I wanted something else in the morning to get me going because that is how my body and mind works (according to me). I knew of this tea called Yerbe mate. It is a plant that has natural caffeine effects without the crash. So in essence I went cold turkey off of Caffeine and substituted Yerba mate at the same time. Day one was a dull but constant headache and a hidden feeling of I may be getting sick. Day two I had the same headache, but not as bad with the same hint of a "I may be getting sick" feeling. Day three I had no headache with a mild sense of my body may be getting sick. Day four…nothing! Withdrawals complete!
As for the Yerbe mate, I love it! I brew it in my coffee maker and drink it in the morning instead of my coffee. I am alert, active, and have not felt a hint of a crash…it’s amazing! I am not here to promote Yerbe mate, but it works for me, there are a bunch of different substitutes on the market, do your research and kick that drug habit…I did!