For many people, not the day does not start without a good cup of coffee. Other trust a caffeinated soda for lunch to get them through the rest of the day, or an energy drink for a little extra kick. When caffeine is relied on so heavily on a daily basis, cutting it out of one’s diet can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you stop drinking caffeine
Decline gradually. Eliminate all caffeine from your diet while you can cause you to experience negative physical effects, such as painful headaches and irritability. To avoid this, cut down on caffeine intake gradually rather than going cold-turkey. If you drink an average of four caffeinated drinks a day, reduce your intake to three drinks daily for the next week, two the next, and so on until you are caffeine-free.
Use alternative energy sources. There are other less addictive energy sources that can give you the stamina to get through the day without the potential irritability or energy crashes. Try replacing caffeinated soda drinks containing ginseng or add a B vitamin to your daily multivitamin. Vitamins and supplements help your body burn natural food and generate and use energy.
Distract yourself. If you are a heavy caffeine drinker, you’ll probably notice the effects that the lack of caffeine has on the body and endurance. Make sure you always have a non-caffeinated beverage such as water, juice or decaf coffee available. Chewing gum can also help you get through caffeine withdrawal.
Take ibuprofen. One of the common side effects of caffeine withdrawal experience painful and persistent headaches. Stay one step ahead of these withdrawal symptoms by taking ibuprofen when not drinking caffeine to keep you going.
Exercise. Physical activity and exercise causes the body to produce endorphins and adrenaline that are natural sources of energy. Getting involved in regular physical activity throughout the day will help keep you in shape and eliminate the need for caffeine. Take a brisk walk when you wake up to replace your morning cup of coffee and go for a run, or take a quick trip to the gym for a workout on your lunch break to get you through the afternoon instead of reaching for that energy drink pep you up.