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Switching from Coffee to Tea

I’m going to be honest, this is not an easy transition. One of my friends is slowly weaning herself off of caffeine. Her reasons are along the lines of anxiety, stress, and just an overall need to improve her health. She noticed after a few days of cutting coffee out of her diet she started experiencing some caffeine withdrawal headaches the first two days or so, after a few days the headaches subsided as did her anxiety triggers. Caffeine is probably one of the only socially acceptable addictions that are starting to lead to more fatal consequences, especially with products like energy drinks (i.e. Monster, RockStar, 5 Hour Energy Shots) that are available on the market and are being consumed with even more caffeinated beverages. We’re starting to see young adults (even teenagers) having heart attacks.

If you’re trying to decrease your caffeine intake here are some recommendations:

  1. Cut back slowly.

  2. Drink more water.

  3. Eat raw vegetables to help increase your energy.

  4. Drink coffee-like alternatives like herbal tea.

Some symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include:

  • Drowsiness

  • Irritability

  • Flu-like symptoms w/ muscle aches

  • Depressed mood

  • Fatigue

There’s an app for everything including helping you keep track and manage your caffeine intake.

The caffeine trackers I found in Google Playstore that have high ratings and are free:

-Caffeine per Day; there were a couple of negative reviews like the app doesn’t track dosing information in real time and only has a couple of brands. (4.6 star rating)

-Habit Tracker; this app  not only tracks caffeine but also diet and exercise (4.5 stars)

Cutting back on caffeine or freeing yourself entirely can be pretty rewarding especially if you are experiencing health problems much like my friend and need to make some healthy lifestyle changes.

http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/caffeine-withdrawal/

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/04/05/easy-ways-to-reduce-caffeine-intake

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20576536,00.html#gradually-cut-back-0