How to Wean Yourself off Caffeine
Caffeine, while a great short-term burst of energy, can wreak havoc on your body and do more harm than good. Many Americans have become so dependent upon caffeinated drinks that giving it up seems impossible. That said, when they do break the caffeine habit, they will most likely feel more energetic than before, lose weight, and feel calmer overall. If you’re ready to break the habit, we at SPORTea have put together some tips for you.
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Here are some tips for weaning yourself off caffeine.
Keep the Ritual
Whether you grab your coffee from the drive-thru, make it at work, or enjoy a sip while the kids are getting ready for school, you have a coffee ritual. We’re not telling you to stop your ritual—simply replace your coffee or soda with a caffeine-free energy drink (like SPORTea!).
Gradually Replace the Caffeine
Once you determine your caffeine ritual, now you can start your schedule for replacing your favorite caffeinated drink with your new favorite all-natural energy drink! You know your body better than anybody, so you can decide if you want to gradually decrease your coffee for tea (or water) while increasing your tea to replace it. Or if you would rather switch off and on every other day to every few days and so on until you’ve completely quit caffeine.
Or Quit Cold Turkey
Some people have a hard time with gradually eliminating something from their diet, and prefer to stop cold turkey. You know yourself best, so do what works for you. When you quit cold turkey, you’re going to get the process over with more quickly…but your withdrawal symptoms could be stronger at first.
Water is naturally energizing, and has countless benefits. When you drink water throughout the day, you’re giving your body the much-needed fuel it needs to stay hydrated and productive all day long. You might find that your skin is more supple and clear, your weight drops, you’re less constipated, and your mood is brighter.
Be Prepared for Withdrawal
As with any habit you’re giving up, you can expect to feel the effects of withdrawal for about a week. You might feel shaky, experience headaches, get a bit cranky, or have troubles staying awake. Stick with it. Those symptoms will go away before long, and soon, you’ll realize that you’re feeling better than ever.
Ironically, quitting caffeine can make your workouts more difficult at first. Regardless, push forward. You can slow down your routine for a few days if you need to, so you don’t crash and burn! But be sure to keep at it. If you don’t currently exercise, try gentle activities like yoga or walking to work off that restlessness you might feel.
Eat Antioxidant-rich Foods
Coffee has a host of antioxidants in it, so if it’s coffee you’re giving up, you’ll want to be sure to replace those antioxidants with other sources. SPORTea has ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, as well as providing other health benefits to boost your immunity. You can also reach for berries, fatty fish, and nuts.
We hope this guide has been helpful in providing tips to quitting your caffeinated drinks. When you’re in need of caffeine-free energy drinks that don’t have sugar and other junk, go for SPORTea. Ours is the best tea for energy, and is an all-natural energy drink that will benefit you in a number of ways. Shop online with us today!