4 Ways to Reduce Caffeine Intake without Losing all Your Energy
Are you the one who get out of bed with the sole purpose of preparing and drinking your first cup of coffee of the day. Are you the one who sometimes feel like you’ve had too much caffeine and spend half the day shaking.
Cut down on caffeine consumption. Yes, we know it sounds impossible but it’s really not that hard to do. Here’s how:
Why is it good to reduce caffeine consumption?
Having a coffee in the morning can do wonders for your energy levels, but excessive caffeine consumption can have negative side effects. For example, anxiety, nervousness, gastrointestinal distress and even trouble sleeping. The point is that you don’t need to give up caffeine completely (if you don’t want to, of course), but decrease consumption to get to the perfect point where you enjoy all the benefits without the side effects.
1. Start small
For most people, going from 100 to 0 feels impossible. That’s why it’s best to decrease your intake little by little so that your body doesn’t feel the shock so intensely; ideally lower your intake by 25% per week. For example, if you normally drink 4 cups of coffee a day, the following week reduce it to 3 cups of coffee a day.
NOTE: Coffee is not the only source of caffeine, check all the beverages you consume to make sure you are cutting back correctly.
2. Skip the coffee but not the routine
For many, drinking coffee has become a ritual, either as a short break throughout the day or as a time to chat with friends. Don’t give up the routine, simply substitute your coffee for a decaffeinated version or another type of caffeine-free beverage, such as chamomile tea.
3. Look for alternate ways to gain energy
It’s normal that in the middle of the day or in the afternoon you start to feel the energy slump. But don’t worry because there are ways to avoid it or at least soften it. You can exercise (yay adrenaline and endorphins!), meditate and even do yoga. These activities will give you the energy you need to finish the day.
4. Don’t forget water and fiber
Keeping your body hydrated is ESSENTIAL to stay energized, in a better mood and avoid headaches. Remember to drink between 2-3 liters of water daily. On the other hand, including fiber in your diet is very important to keep going to the bathroom as usual; you can do it through food (such as chia and broccoli) or through dietary supplements, whichever is more comfortable and effective for you.
About Author – This article has been written by Nilam Mehta and she is one of the owner of this site/blog. She has experience in pharmaceutical industry.