8 Reasons to Ditch the Caffeine

Years of routine, lack of sleep, and overwork have made substantial amounts of caffeine a standard part of many diets. As we mature and try to focus on what is going to make us feel the healthiest, looking at caffeine intake is super important. Here are eight reasons to ditch the caffeine on your journey to feeling your best!

8. The Crash

Most of us have experienced the dreaded caffeine crash. Whether you are driving or sitting in the front pew, you do not want to be the one who dozed off because of a caffeine crash. Giving in to the urge to nap, or drinking more caffeine can throw off your sleep schedule and decrease your overall sleep quality.

7. Ease Digestive Woes

Caffeine can have a significant effect on digestion, causing the stomach to produce too much acid, sometimes leading to GERD. Caffeine also acts as a laxative, so be aware if you are going to be isolated, don’t bring a pumpkin spice latte. Cutting out caffeine will improve your digestion and reduce water retention, making you feel better and less bloated.

6. Reduced Anxiety

The energy boost of caffeine seems perfect to get us motivated in the mornings, but it also triggers the “fight or flight” response in the brain. For some, this burst of energy translates into heart palpitations, nervousness, anxiety, and even panic attacks. If you have a history of or if you struggle with anxiety, please talk to your doctor about things you can do, like limiting caffeine, to feel your very best.

5. Better Nutrient Absorption

The tannins in caffeine may inhibit the absorption of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. If you are elderly or struggle with anemia, it is best to stay away from caffeine that could contribute to low iron, weaker bones, depression, tiredness, and nerve problems.

4. Healthier Younger Looking Skin

Caffeine inhibits the production of collagen, an essential component of healthy, wrinkle-free skin. Pour out that coffee pot and embrace a fresher faced you! With the improved sleep you will be getting, waking up early sans caffeine will be a breeze.

3. Lower Blood Pressure

Caffeine causes sharp spikes in blood pressure that can be extremely dangerous, especially to those with pre-existing heart conditions. Putting away the caffeine can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems immediately and long term. If you have a heart condition, please talk to your doctor about your caffeine consumption and decide on a health plan that works for you.

2. Sleep better

We all know how incredibly important sleep is, but most of us still don’t get nearly enough. Caffeine could be the big problem in your sleep routine. Depending on your body’s sensitivity, even a lunchtime fix could keep you up for most of the night. If you have insomnia, try eliminating or drastically limiting caffeine in your diet as your first step to better slumber.

1. You feel better

When you are well-rested and balanced in nutrition, you just feel better. It may seem daunting to give up the caffeine, and that is a valid concern, caffeine is addictive. Just remember, in anything you choose- it is ok to fail, it is ok to just limit intake, and it is ok to wholeheartedly “just say no” to caffeine. If you plan to quit caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms; please talk to your doctor to find the best cessation method for you.

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