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willing to quit coffee, but I know I'll feel like garbage.

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I have been a coffee drinker for a while now, but not till 2 years ago have I regularly been drinking coffee on a daily basis. I have two cups in the morning and that's it. I'm trying to be more healthy and lower my coffee intake, but when I choose to skip out on coffee for the morning, it feels like someone took a bat and smashed my eye in, then kicked me in the stomach.

Im in my early 20s and physically active. I'm wondering if I should make the switch to NO coffee, or if I should just make the effort to make sure that I always have my two cups of coffee in the morning?

I'm willing to quit coffee, I just know I'm going to feel like garbage.

Thank you for your help.

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replied January 1st, 2014
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Welcome to e health forum.

Coffee is a beverage, which is used all over the world. Caffiene, is the main active ingredient , which acts as a central nervous stimulant, which acts by blocking adenosine receptors.

The effects of caffeine intake vary with most people. Some individuals are not affected with or without the use of caffeine, but other sensitive people, can have symptoms (side effects) with use of caffeine, and withdrawal symptoms, if they stop using it for some time.

Side effects of overuse of caffeine intake (more than 300 mg of caffiene, daily) over a long period, can cause nervousness, facial flushing, muscle twitching, rapid or irregular heart rate, running thoughts and speech.

Tolerance to caffeine also develops quickly in people consuming over 300 mg caffeine 3 times daily for more than 3 weeks.

In most sensitive people, regular use of caffeine (at doses, below those that result in tolerance) does cause some mild physical dependence, but it does not result in severe withdrawal symptoms, like the other addictive drugs do (eg. amphetamines and opiod drugs).

Withdrawal symptoms are more common in people who drink more than 3 - 4 cups coffee per day and abruptly stop it. Such symptoms include - headache, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, etc. But within a couple of days, they subside, and people get back to their usual self.

hence caffiene intake is not considered to be a serious addiction.

If you think, you are addicted to caffiene, and want to stop using it, you might as well, and within a weeks time, you will have quit the need for caffiene intake.

I hope this helps.

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