Quitting Caffeine

by Bob Walsh

It is easy to become addicted to caffeine – quitting caffeine is much harder. It is available pretty much everywhere, and it is a socially accepted drug – so much so, that most people are not even comfortable thinking of it as a drug.

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They prefer to call it a “stimulant” or other names. But looking at it objectively, you can see that it really is a drug.

It is addictive, and getting “off” of it is just as hard as getting of many other drugs. It causes changes in your brain chemistry, your mood, your energy levels.

The leading expert in the field of medical research on caffeine addiction, Professor Roland Griffiths from the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, makes the case that caffeine addiction indeed is a mental disease.

How Caffeine Threatens Your Health

And it has damaging long-term effects: too much caffeine can cause osteoporosis, anxiety, insomnia, heart diseases, ulcers, diabetes, stroke and various forms of cancer.

It also can be a causing agent of high blood pressure, which again can lead to a myriad of other health problems.

Heartburn is another common symptom of high caffeine consumption. Caffeine also tends to dehydrate our bodies. In most cases, it even deprives our bodies of more fluid than the beverage itself supplies us with.

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Syptoms of Caffeine Addiction

In general, if you need your morning coffee to get a good start in the day, then you are probably already caffeine addicted. Because after a good nights sleep, a healthy body really does not need something to give it an energy boost.

Healthy sleep is the best way to recharge your body and fill up your batteries. However, regular caffeine consumption can decrease the quality of your sleep, and can also cause you to have problems falling asleep.

If you drink more than two cups of coffee a day – that’s in most cases already a caffeine addiction.

People who are hooked on caffeine also tend to have difficulty concentrating on days where they don’t drink any caffeine and often wake up feeling grumpy.

Quitting Caffeine – How To Do It?

You should not stop drinking coffee from one day to the next. That would be a lot more difficult than gradually reducing your intake. And one or two cups of coffee a day are fine for people who are otherwise healthy.

But if you are drinking more than that, you should gradually reduce your intake. If for example you are drinking five cups of coffee a day, then make it four cups for the next thirty days, and then three cups for another thirty days and then two cups – and gradually reduce it even more if you want to.

But you will still experience a certain amount of withdrawal symptoms. That is why hypnosis can help you to overcome your caffeine addiction.

You will learn to relax at the right times, and during your periods of rest, you will be able to recharge your batteries so that you don’t feel tired.

Your overall mood will be a lot better and stable and you will easily be able to cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

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