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

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Hello,

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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replied January 10th, 2014
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Nothing to worry...the best and easy solution i will give you is that whenever you want to drink coffee you should drink but the amount of coffee you should take just decrease it time by time....
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replied February 18th, 2014
Don't Quit Coffee. Just try not to drink it daily.
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replied February 18th, 2014
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You can drink coffee moderately or you can change coffee to herbal tea like green tea with flavor. There are many benefits of tea than coffee so don't despair. You can also drink fruit juices or hot cocoa.
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replied March 9th, 2014
I also drink coffee twice or thrice in a day and after drinking it i feel like i am having fast heartbeat and a bit high BP, Coffee is good when you are really tired but i would suggest you to take Green tea instead of it.

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replied March 24th, 2014
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That really true, coffee is good for me when I drink once a day but more than a cup, I also have palpitation and I cannot sleep at night. Green tea is the best for me too.
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replied May 17th, 2014
I don't really think you need to quit drinking coffee. 2 cups a day I believe is just fine.
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replied May 18th, 2014
Take coffee when needed. When its a rest day u dont have to take it. If u feel like youre addicted to the taste u can try Kopiko first.
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replied May 20th, 2014
This type of addiction is same as pf cigarette. It is difficult to get rid of it but certainly is possible. Try to focus more n not get tempt for coffee.
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replied June 1st, 2014
I used to be addicted to coffee and found it really difficult to quit. My nutritionist suggested a B complex and adrenergy (it has adrenal gland and a few herbs in it). Really helped to keep my energy up during the transition period. Good luck!
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replied June 3rd, 2014
I used to be addicted to coke. You might not think is the same thing, but it is. Couldn't go by a day without having 2-3 cans of coke. But slowly I started drinking green tea or black tea. I still needed the caffeine, so I turned to the healthier version. But it was a rough change. I used to go crazy, my body was craving it, asking for it. But happy it's over. Now I can have it once in a while without wanting more.

In my point coffee is not bad as long as you don't overdue it, and 2 cups it's should be just at the limit. But regardless try to stop at one cup a day.

Good luck!
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replied June 7th, 2014
Hey it is rightly said that coffee has caffeine in it which is not good for health if you consume it in bulk. If you really want to leave coffee you can only do this by reducing it slowly slowly. Minimize the intake of coffee, like once a day only for few days and then on alternate days. After a while your body will adapt the change and then you can have the coffee at your will.
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replied June 15th, 2014
Been a coffee addict also. 3 - 4 cups a day. But as of now, I am only drinking 1 cup a day. Motivation helps.
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