Is it worth it to stop drinking coffee?

Is it worth it to stop drinking coffee?

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  1. Some people benefit from caffeine, some are harmed by it. I appear to be in the latter category. I’ve taken steps to detox from it completely for better health. Because you asked, I’ll detail the benefits, to me, of quitting caffeine, with some unexpected benefits.
    After I’ve dried out from it, I can focus on one task for a longer time, including reading longer sections of text without a strong tendency to be distracted, meditating longer, etc. Caffeine tends to defocus me. After having a couple cups, or more, of tasty, delightfully stimulating coffee, my mind tends to stray, without my easy ability to control it.
    When not using caffeine, I I sleep more deeply and wake up much more easily, better rested.
    When not using caffeine, I have noticeably better resistance to cold.
    When not using caffeine, I experience a more level emotional tone. I have a noticeably lesser tendency to anger, frustration, and related emotions.
    Outside my personal, direct experience you might look at The Metabolic Plan by Stephen Cherniske. He states that caffeine stimulates the adrenal cortex to produce more stress hormones. Stress is generally not good, predisposing one to, among other things, cardiovascular disease.
    All my adult life I’ve had a love/hate relationship with coffee, enjoying it but all the while persistently seeing negative side effects. Starting in January 2010, I determined to dry out completely from caffeine to improve my health. I had a list of apparent negative effects of using caffeine that I wanted to resolve. In the process of detox those negative effects abated completely. Additionally, though, at first, during the detox period (about two weeks, I reckon), I slept a lot. After detoxing and adapting, I found I slept much more deeply and restfully and woke up much more easily. Additionally, I had just moved to a new residence. To save money, I chose the cheapest room of the house, which turned out to be very drafty and fairly cold. After detoxing, I found the transition out of bed in the morning, from completely undressed to fully dressed, to be acceptable, and not uncomfortable and almost painful, as it had been in the past. These were the two immediate unexpected effects of quitting caffeine.
    More recently, I’ve slipped slightly a number of times. It’s almost entirely sample cups from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I do it for a week or so, then dry out again. Still, during the time I’m slipping, I notice a greater tendency to anger in response to relatively small events, but later when I dry out I have a much more level, higher emotional state. This is the less immediate unexpected effect of quitting caffeine.
    You are free to take or leave what I’ve said; YMMV.

  2. You have to figure that out for yourself. I quit coffee about a month ago and I feel much better and have way more energy. I’ve been drinking it since I was 16 or 17 (2–3 cups a day) and I’m 25 now. I realized that I was addicted because before every task I convinced myself that I needed coffee. I need to work? I will work better if I have a coffee. I need to study? I will be able to concentrate more if I have a coffee. I need to work out? I will have more energy if I have a coffee. The truth is that coffee does give you a energy boost but that lasts for only about 1–2 hours. After that you actually feel much more tired and dizzy than you would feel if you didn’t drink coffee in the first place. I decided to quit cold turkey and it actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I only felt really tired and had a headache for the first 2 or 3 days. After that I just started to feel much more energized throughout the entire day. I personally will never go back to drinking coffee again. Good luck whatever you decide!

  3. I am engineer, I am Turkish and I used to be caffeine addict.
    thank you Ayhan for introduction, let’s applaud Ayhan for his courage.

    Is it worth it to stop drinking coffee?

    Engineers do usually not care about healthy stuff.
    Turks are known with Turkish Coffee and the Tea Drinkers (7.54 kg per person in a year, the second in the list is Morocco with 4 kg, Ireland 3 kg in other words Turkey’s tea consumption > (Morocco+Ireland)’s tea consumption)
    And tea has same amount of caffeine per cup as coffee.
    I used to drink 6 cup of Turkish coffee, 2 liters of Turkish tea and 2 cup of coffee late as minimum in a day. every day, for … since I was teenager. Sometimes it would be more but never less.
    I had neck and back pain, strained muscles but thought that was all so I didn’t care much. I thought it didn’t affect my sleep, every morning I would be sleepy while driving to work but some coffee was sorting out the issue.
    I decided to reduce the caffeine intake many times, it was not successful. Then, I had some health problems, doctor said I must give up caffeine. It was serious health problem which lasts life time usually. Caffeine was not the cause but one of the main reasons for the sickness.
    I stopped the coffee and tea. Suddenly. First 3 days was disaster.
    Woke up in the morning. No tea no coffee. I made a herbal tea. I was sleepy driving to work. At work, I couldn’t do anything. My eyes would close, felt dizzy, couldn’t even read a letter and made sense of it. I did but it took like 30 mins. of struggle. It is disaster, first to try to be awake and then to focus on something.
    During all these time, Turkish coffee and coffee maker was next to me. I said no, no coffee.
    The day ended with no coffee at all. I told my colleagues and my boss that I was quitting caffeine so I need them to excuse me if they see me distracted, sleepy, or in fact sleeping. (I remember now, I went to my car during the day couple of times to take 10 mins of naps. It lasted for 2-3 days)
    I came back home. I adore tea. But I promised not to drink tea for awhile. I made again herbal tea. Instead of normal black tea, I had herbal tea with various herbs.
    It was only an hour I could stay awake at home. I had dinner, couple of glass of herbal tea and literally fell to the sofa. Slept. Slept like I had never slept before. I slept like 11 hours non stop.
    Following day was same. But driving to work, I was not sleepy like before. During the day, I had the similar issues. Evening was same. Slept again and it was weekend. My activity for the whole weekend was to eat-drink some herbal tea-trying to watch a movie and fall asleep then circle begins. I have one day off during the weekend, so I slept almost non stop whole night-day and night.
    Then driving to work, I was relaxed, not sleepy, enjoying the taste of herbal tea and telling myself “life is good even without caffeine”
    I could work now, feeling abit distracted but not like the first days.
    After a week, my sleep was normal. I realized caffeine really was making me feel tense. My neck pain and back pain was gone. Sleeping was peaceful and with no interruptions (before I used to wake up every hour). I used to think, I would be so sleepy during the morning if I don’t drink coffee. It is not true. If you don’t drink coffee, you get a good night sleep and you wake up relaxed.
    After a week of no caffeine at all policy, I returned back to caffeine. But not like the way before. I have one or two cup of Turkish coffee in the morning. 2 or 3 cup of Turkish tea after the meals (this is a must in our culture) which is quite normal.
    Caffeine in excess gives damage to your health. There are many sicknesses which is related to excessive caffeine consumption and usually they are complicated illnesses. Better to reduce if your intake is too much.

  4. TL;DR – Probably not.
    Researchers ar Harvard and Southampton have both proved that there is a positive correlation between drinking coffee and living longer. It’s not the caffeine – decaf works as well. No word on instant.
    Other researchers have looked a the details and concluded that coffee causes all sorts of bad effects like elevated blood pressure, sleeping problems but the fact remains
    Coffee drinkers live longer.
    They have not, however, proved that coffee actually causes the longer life. It’s more likely to be something about the makeup of a person who is predestined to live longer that makes him like coffee.
    Yes, that would be it. So drink coffee or not, it makes no difference. But I’m going to drink it. just because I like it. Who needs a better reason?

  5. Unless you are sensitive to caffeine or allergic to coffee beans, there is absolutely no reason to quit coffee.
    Coffee contains antioxidants and it also contains chemicals that can regulate your appetite.
    Not to mention coffee is my all time favorite pre workout.
    You can also use coffee to suppress your sweet cravings when you have one and they are very low in calories. It is not worthy at all.
    Check out this delicious pumpkin latte recipe to change your mind:

  6. worth what? you certainly don’t get paid more money to quit, you would save the cost of buying it I guess, thought.
    There is nothing worth quitting coffee for to me. I had to cut out caffeine, so I switched to decaf. I love my coffee so not giving it up unless someone wants to pay me a significant amount of cash to do so. And I do mean SIGNIFICANT

  7. No. There is nothing wrong with it. Caffeine boosts your brain about 3 hours to focus and be more effective. Also in a workplace it’s a social thing, or alone just a habit.
    Coffee itself, decaf or normal, has a lot of antioxidants in it. It’s healthy habit to drink 2–4 cups of coffee per day.

  8. Depends what heavy means. Start scaling back.
    From what I read you can have a couple cups a day, but dont go over that and never after 5pm.

  9. Have you ever tried quitting coffee? It’s been day 2 and going from drinking a Couple cups a day to none is painful. Experiencing tiredness all day, depressing and feeling stressed. Stopped due to having anxiety a lot more than usual.

  10. If you have a severe case of gastric acid, you should quit. If you develop a certain addiction in buying expensive beans, you should also quit.

  11. Either you have been drinking BAD coffee, or you have been told, that caffeine is bad for you! Whatever the reason for your question, just think about it, the pleasure you experience, when savoring a well set, cup of steaming coffee, be it black, or with milk and sugar, is there anything out there, better than this?

  12. I tried to stop drinking coffee and I was totally down and many bad memories emerged. I couldn’t move from the sofa and I saw no meaning to life and no future. I hated that condition and I took coffee in the afternoon that day and my mood brightened and I am since drinking coffee as I was drinking it before. Still, when I remember that incident I think that these were clear symptoms of an addiction and I would like to stop drinking coffee because my teeth are not white enough and my body is acidic. I am also taking some medication that is contraindicated to caffeine and I am not getting cured. It is better not to start with this addiction at all. Maybe tea is better, I suppose it is. You have coffee breath and tea breath, they say. Unlike coffee breath, tea breath smells good.

    Eight O’Clock

  13. Here are some of coffee’s pros and cons for your reference:
    Coffee is an excellent source of energy
    Coffee has caffeine, making it a perfect energizer. Caffeine functions as a mild stimulant, thus speeding up messages between the body and the brain. Rapid transfer of these messages means the slightest deficit is communicated as a matter of urgency. Therefore, whenever you feel you need additional energy, the brain’s responsible parts transmit signals for the metabolic function to start. According to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, about 200ml of coffee is sufficient for an adult aged 19 – 50 to take per day.
    If you rarely take caffeinated drinks, small amounts will have a significant impact on your energy levels. However, if you are a big fan of taking coffee, you may have to increase the coffee dosage to achieve the desired energy levels.
    Typically, it would take about 5 to 30 minutes before the effects of coffee start to kick in, and these can last up to 12 hours. However, the extent to which you get impacted depends on other factors such as caffeine tolerance, metabolism, and body mass index.
    Coffee reduces the risk of getting type 2 diabetes
    Numerous epidemiological studies agree that taking three to four cups of coffee per day can cut back 25% risk of type 2 diabetes. That is in comparison to not consuming any or less than two cups daily. Furthermore, the body of knowledge agrees that there is a dose-response relationship.
    In a separate study surveying 910 diabetes-free participants as a baseline and published in the Diabetes Journals, 593 recorded normal glucose levels while 317 had impaired glucose. Coffee drinkers who did not have diabetes as the baseline recorded a significant reduction in type 2 diabetes risk over eight years. Similarly, those without diabetes and had impaired glucose levels also benefited from the cited health effects of coffee.
    However, if you have diabetes and have a hard time controlling your blood sugar levels, caffeine’s effect requires close monitoring. That’s because it will affect different people differently. In most cases, you need to aim at reducing the amount of caffeine in your diet.
    Coffee can support your weight loss efforts
    If you have been struggling with losing weight for a long time, you will be happy to hear that coffee can help in your efforts. Even though it is not the ultimate solution to your weight-loss approaches, the small role that it plays proves worthwhile in the long term. According to a 2019 Scientific research, the caffeine in coffee stimulates the rate at which extra fats are broken down, thus shedding significant weight in the process.
    One thing to note about the mentioned health effects of coffee is that your beverage should not contain cream, sugar, or double mocha latte macchiato. Instead, it must be black coffee. Taking bottled milkshakes in the pretense that it is coffee will not benefit your efforts at all.
    If you want to reduce your overall calorie intake, replacing high-calorie beverages such as sweetened iced tea, soda, chocolate milk with plain coffee can lead to your weight loss in just a few months.
    Coffee can negatively impact your sleep time, efficiency, and satisfaction levels
    There is enough evidence to support the adverse health effects of coffee on an individual’s sleep habits. You may have heard that people typically take coffee so that they can stay awake for an extended period of the night. That’s because the caffeine in your beverage interrupts sleep. As much as that makes you not sleep at night, it can have disruptive effects on your day. It causes fatigue, decrease productivity, and challenges with memory, emotion regulation, and problem-solving.
    A study was designed to investigate the effects of taking coffee zero, three, and six hours before going to bed. The researchers found that consuming coffee six hours before bedtime reduced sleep by one hour. Additionally, those who had consumed caffeine zero to three hours before going to bed faced significant sleep deprivation. If you have sleep problems, it is best to reduce caffeine intake six hours before bedtime.
    Coffee can be upsetting to the stomach
    Sometimes coffee may not be that gentle on your digestive system. Different studies indicate that it could trigger acid ingestion, heartburn or dyspepsia, and reflux. That arises mainly due to coffee’s property of increasing stomach acid. That is why some people who take coffee may report issues with stomach upsets. Luckily, you can try out different coffee tips that would not irritate your stomach.
    But it does not mean that it’s just the coffee you took that can upset your stomach. In some cases, it could be due to the additives such as sweeteners, cream, or sugar. Close to 65% of the global population is incapable of digesting lactose, and that can cause such problems as diarrhea and stomach cramps.

  14. In 2005, i stopped drinking coffee, tea, cokes and all bottled juices. My motivation was giving up sugar completely and I observed most of the sugar entered into my body with these drinks.
    I did not drink any of them for nearly two years. Later I started drinking tea and coffee. I still do not drink cokes, bottled juices etc.
    The first 3-4 days happened to be interesting experience. I yawned quite often and my cheeks hurt because of that. Later yawning stopped. My body adjusted.
    Best part of it was with sleep. I could sleep anytime when i put my head on pillow. During the rest of the day I was just fine, full of energy. The quality of the sleep was much better, no way comparable with the times i had all these drinks.
    Because of social reasons I started drinking tea and coffee again. I remember drinking a cup of green tea around noon time. I felt the effects of green tea until next day afternoon.
    Now I drink tea and coffee, I stop drinking any of these at least 5 hours before I sleep. I managed to find teas tasting nice without sugar.
    If you stop drinking all at once first few days you have to be careful as you might be sleepy and yawning; during these days I would not advise you driving and other things which you have to be alert. You may expect an increase in the quality of sleep.
    Hope this helps about your decision.

  15. Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal resolve completely within a week, typically. Some psychological dependence may persist nevertheless, but coffee isn’t considered a particularly troublesome drug like tobacco is.
    To prevent symptoms from becoming overwhelming (such as nasty headaches), it is often recommended to cut down intake gradually rather than cold turkey. It will take longer, but it will be a lot more bearable.

  16. Quitting caffeine changed my life very much for the better.
    I was diagnosed with a mood disorder when I was 20 and that issue persisted until I was 45 when I quit coffee cold turkey. No coffee, no problem. I actually used to go to shrink sessions coffee in hand and none of those quacks ever said a thing.
    And then I suppose there is the issue of cost and coffee breath.

  17. Coffe is useful and you don’t need to quit it totally. 1 cup per day is usuaĺly good – at least for focusing your attention- try to start with mildly caffeniated coffe then decaf if you want or not. You can get caffeine from black tea, cola and choclate as well

  18. Maybe … it is possible to be allergic to coffee or be drinking too much..
    So if you’re feeling bad it may be worth cutting it out for a week

  19. With all arguments and claims being stated, coffee has various health benefits, but it comes with detrimental effects as well. Everything including a cup of coffee serves both good and bad side effects. If you consume just a moderate amount of coffee daily and you have no coffee-related health issues, I don’t see any profound reason to quit drinking. Conversely, if you’re diagnosed with some chronic issue that coffee may even worsen the condition, you had better stop drinking right away. Coffee doesn’t make your life longer or shorter, but it’s just a substance for enjoyment and pleasure. You can have it or you don’t. It doesn’t matter and it’s not mandatory to drink or not to drink. However, as a person who was a coffee addict, it really harmed my health. Therefore, I got rid of it completely. I broke this cycle of addiction from this recreational drug, and now I’m saving a little more as I stop my coffee habit. This is just my two cents though. If coffee does your body good like increasing your productivity, energy and daily performance, then you can continue happily. Nonetheless, if it is the other way around, it’s only reasonable to quit. As long as we’re not a slave to coffee, we can drink moderately now and give up later when needed.

  20. Why would you?
    Apart from caffeine, coffee (including decaff) if drunk in excess of two cups a days has been repeatedly correlated with a lower risk of dying, these are the biggest and most recent ones Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries and Association of Coffee Consumption With Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations

    Is it worth it to stop drinking coffee?


  21. If caffeine is a big part of your daily diet, taking it away can have a host of unpleasant effects in the short term. These include headache, tiredness, sleepiness, down moods, trouble concentrating, and crankiness. You’ll start to feel symptoms a day or two after you stop. You could lose weight Alternatively, cutting out your favorite sugar-packed caffeine drink completely could trim hundreds of calories from your diet in a single day.

  22. Quit coffee if you want to. The choice is yours and yours alone. It’s not immoral, illegal, or fattening. And, it’ll probably save you a few bucks though the years ahead.
    All answers to the contrary notwithstanding, there may be some physical symptoms from caffeine withdrawal after giving up a heavy coffee habit.
    Headaches and nauseous malaise are typically the worst of it (not the gut wrenching vomiting and diarrhea of heroin or the heart stopping arrhythmias and seizures of alcohol), but you may feel a bit crappy for a few days just the same.
    Withdrawal’s not permanent, and it’s not life threatening. You won’t get any US insurance plan to cover a hospital stay for “recovery.”
    You’ll get your normal energy level back, and the only one actually threatened by your decision is Juan Valdez.

  23. Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day.
    Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, there are some solid benefits to breaking the habit and quitting coffee, energy drinks, tea, soda etc..

  24. I can only think of two good reasons to quit coffee…
    One does not enjoy the stimulant effect of it.
    One does not enjoy the taste.
    There are many other reasons that could be listed but none are really worthy.

  25. It took me two full years to get back to myself completely when I quit drinking coffee. I went back to it though, about 5 years later. The reset was good for me, I don’t drink nearly as much as I did before. I was drinking 12–14 cups a day before. Now I drink 2–3, but usually less.
    But take heart! After 3–4 months of quitting, you’ll FEEL like you’re normal.. because you don’t remember the base to compare it to. I just remember looking back two years later and thinking “Holy crap, THIS is what I was supposed to feel like!”

  26. Personally, I think body was never created to get a boost from the coffee but it’s human inventions. You do not need coffee to get a kick start your day. It’s a habit and addiction. Did you know that you get energy from rice or bread. A banana can give you energy.
    Coffee can damage your kidney. You are going to add bunch of sugar in the coffee leads to diabetes. Sugar can gain weight.
    Drink Green tea.

  27. I think it was worth giving up drinking coffee as it was affecting my stomach. I stopped drinking coffee about four months ago. Usually I’d have two cafe latte each day in a cafe or restaurant. I’m told the price in Australia is now $5 per cup. That’s a huge saving over a year.

  28. Caffeine is a minor addiction. I drink 1 or 2 cups of good coffee in the morning because I enjoy the taste. I knew someone who drank 10–15 cups a day and her hands shook. I think she would have been better off to cut down gradually and perhaps get herself off coffee. Some people are extremely sensitive to caffeine and too much is not good if you have a heart condition.

  29. Yes of course, There are many reason for that; Caffeine contained in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy. Unfiltered coffee has the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system.

  30. While coffee gives you the kick you need to start your day, quitting it may help you in the following ways.
    More Restful Sleep
    Caffeine can drastically impair the quantity and quality of sleep a person gets. Caffeine has a half-life of 4-6 hours, so drinking coffee or energy drinks late in the day can make it difficult to fall asleep quickly.
    Reduced Anxiety
    Caffeine has been linked to an increase in anxiety in many persons. This is due to the way caffeine affects our brain’s adenosine receptors and the fact that caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands. Quitting coffee or caffeine can help you feel calmer, especially if you suffer from anxiety.
    Better Teeth
    Teeth are stained by coffee and tea, and acidic and sweet energy drinks or sodas dissolve tooth enamel, making tooth decay more likely. When these beverages are avoided, teeth become whiter and healthier.
    No Jitters
    Jitters or shaky hands are one of the most common side effects of caffeine or coffee use. For some people, this can be irritating or even debilitating. Quitting can help you regain control of your hands.

  31. It depends , Coffee is considered part of a healthy diet , but if you are a nervous person maybe you’ll sleep better suiting coffee, or if you are at risk of glaucoma, then coffee is a risk factor . Other than that it seems that coffee reduces risk of prostate and colon cancer , reduce risk of diabetes and also cardio vascular disease


  32. How BAD, do you suffer from, caffeine withdrawal???
    Made NO DIFFERENCE, to a living dead IDIOT, it was for 3 weeks if you’re wondering???
    Just try it, for 3 days, if you can manage???
    If done??? Then a week. Then you can decide???
    If it’ll be a life thing??? Or an ON&OFF DRINK???

  33. Yes, you will eventually get back to normal if you quit caffeine. No, caffeine dependence isn’t permanent.
    I would suggest a slow weaning off of the caffeine, as you will experience withdrawal if you don’t. Withdrawal isn’t that horrifying – but it’s unpleasant. mainly deep fatigue and headache, with a bit of grumpy added in.
    As for the will you always be tired? that depends on more factors than caffeine, including sleep, vitamin levels, health and other things.

  34. There are many benefits to moderate consumption of coffee, both short and long term. There are also downsides, such as stained teeth, bad breath, and some have sensitivities to caffeine, which could include anything from insomnia to hypertension. If you are having undesirable side effects, quit. Tea has an even higher concentration of antioxidants than coffee, with 1/2 to 1/3 the caffeine. If any caffeine bothers you, go to decaf. You can also just stick with water.
    The great thing about caffeine side effects is they come on fairly quickly, and are temporary. Coffee has been studied extensively for a long time, and there are no known long term effects for most people.


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  36. if you think that your mode is related to coffee drinking every morning and you want to feel control over your life then do it .
    however, gradually decrease the amount untill you stop the coffee after 1 month period.
    it’s psychological empowerment !

  37. If you like it no…..I started reducing my caffeine intake to sleep better and because I discovered that’s why i toss and turn so much in bed before sleep if I had a lot of caffeine throughout the day but a cup or 2 in the morning are always great for me

  38. Not much.
    Coffee is addictive, but the addiction wears off in about seven (7) days.
    You may have a little bit of a headache on day two and tree. Nothing to worry about. Take an aspirin if you feel bothered.
    Then, NO more coffee, ever in your life.
    That’s fine too.
    I’ve done it a few times over my 80-year life. My first wife, deceased now, didn’t like coffee. We had tea, only. I sometimes, had coffee regularly in the office. I got off that, at times, for a year or so.
    Then I remarried, and my new wife likes coffee. Now I drink coffee with her.
    No difference.

  39. Why are you quitting? Is it because you have a caffeine-related health issue or did you read something on the internet (Samuel Clemens said “ Beware of reading health tips. You could die from a misprint. ”)?
    If you are feeling ill effects after drinking coffee or your doctor said “Stop drinking coffee.” then, Quit! Now! Cold Turkey!
    If you don’t know if you are feeling any effects from drinking coffee, don’t drink coffee for 1 or 2 days, take note of the changes in your body and act accordingly.
    Original question: Is it worth quitting caffeine completely? Why?

  40. I drink several cups a day. To be fair people from many places in the world say coffee from a donut shop in Toronto is more like coffee -flavored water but that could be incorrect. One day I was late to a long meeting and did not have coffee, in the evening I had to pull over on the highway to vomit and the migraine was debilitating for two days.
    Someone please describe health impact of too much coffee, thank you.

  41. I quit caffeine for 30 days solid earlier this year and it was quite challenging for several reasons. Even though I enjoyed the mental clarity and sense of peace that came with quitting, I did also find I struggled to maintain motivation in many areas. I tried getting back in to normal coffee over the summer but started hitting all of the symptoms you listed once again. With that said, I found the sweet spot to be with 1 to 2 cups of decaf per day MAX (Average amount of caffeine in decaf is about 10-15mg vs 100-300mg in normal coffee, depending where you get it). Give your body a break for a week or two if you can and then gradually ease into decaf coffee. It’s so much easier to get off of then regular strength coffee and you can still enjoyed social benefits of having coffee with friends.

  42. You can quit coffee if you want. Caffeine dependance is not permanent. The easiest way would be to wean yourself off gradually.
    If you have no medical problems and you sleep enough you shouldn’t be tired when you wake up. It’s natural to have an energy low after lunch, which is a great time to take a power nap of 15 minutes or so. If you do so you will feel reenergized for the rest of you day.
    To feel energetic all the time you also need to sleep and wake at the same time every day even days you are off like the weekend.

  43. Why should I? Sure, it’s mildly addictive…but compared to cigarettes, alcohol, or harder drugs like heroin or other narcotics, not that big a deal! As something that I enjoy drinking in moderate amounts…I feel no need to quit coffee…especially Kona coffee from the “Big Island” of Hawaii…which is my personal favorite!

  44. No one should not quit coffee, coffee consumption is associated with decreased all cause mortality(1), decreased risk of heart disease(2), and decreased risk of dementia(3) and parkinson(4). These effects easily last into the 7–8 cup of coffee a day range. Coffee contains many antioxidants as well as caffeine, which is also alone neuro and cardioprotective. Coffee also contains caffeine, which is just the bomb.
    Caffeine is a methylxanthine purine(5) that is an adenosine receptor antagonist(6)(7), and has mild stimulant properties. It is commonly found in coffee, tea and chocolate and is therefore a widely consumed substance. Caffeine is metabolised by the cytochrome P450 system, specifically by the enzymes 1A2(8)(9), 3A4, 3A5, 3A7, 2E1, 2C8, 2C9, 1A1, 1B1, and 2D6. Given that it is a stimulant, it is generally perceived as an unhealthy drug. However, the evidence points towards it being a healthy substance to consume that may alleviate the effects of aging, increase productivity acutely and protect against various cardiometabolic and cognitive diseases.
    The acute physical effects of caffeine have been thoroughly explored, yielding positive and consistent results. Caffeine increases physical performance as measured by power output, aerobic exercise performance and anaerobic exercise performance. In elite rowers, one study found a 2% decrease in time on a 2000m test, which is significant especially given the well trained study population(10). Another study examined a sprint protocol in moderately trained males and yielded a 7-8% increase in peak power during sprints(11). A study on highly trained cyclist yielded a 6% increase in sprint performance and 15% increase in post exercise testosterone compared to placebo(12). A study on aerobic, instead of anaerobic or power output yielded positive results, decreasing time to complete a 40km time trial in average subjects(13). Overall, most studies lean towards positive results in caffeinated exercise performance.
    Caffeine has also been shown to increase cognitive abilities, increase ability to focus, decrease fatigue and increase vigor and anxiety. One study on marksmen found reduced fatigue at the end of their testing(14). Another study using profile of mood states to assess elite martial artist and their physical performances noted a decrease in fatigue/depression related scales on the POMS, as well as an increase in the vigor scale and decrease in reaction time(15). One study examined the effect of caffeine on memory and found that caffeine increased perceptual memory and had no effect on verbal memory(16). Besides the effects on fatigue and memory, caffeine was also demonstrated to increase visual information processing speed(17).
    The long term effects of caffeine and caffeine containing drinks has also been assessed, yielding consistent and positive results. Caffeine has been shown to decrease risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease(18). The mechanism behind this is unknown. Caffeine has also been shown to decrease risk of developing Parkinson’s(19) disease, and it has been postulated that this is the result of caffeine’s mild stimulation of motor activity and possible dopaminergic activity(20). Coffee, which contains a lot of caffeine has been shown to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease through unknown mechanisms(21). Coffee has also been associated with decreased risk of death from all causes(22). Caffeine is also non-addictive and rarely dependence forming, with only 30% of regular consumers of caffeine actually experiencing withdrawal, and with evidence for sensitization to the cognitive effects rather than tolerance.(23)
    (1)Freedman, Neal D., Yikyung Park, Christian Abnet C., Albert Hollenbeck R., and Rashmi Sinha. “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality.” New England Journal of Medicine N Engl J Med 366.20 (2012): 1891-904. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.
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