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Old 06.01.2015, 19:14
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Giving up caffeine.

If you did, would you be kind to share your experience? Withdraw? General health? Why you stopped?

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Old 06.01.2015, 19:20
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Nope. You really don't want to see me without my cuppa(s). Trust me.
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Give up smoking, if you do smoke, at the same time as well, as caffiene and nicotine addiction have a co-relation.

Drink lot's of water. Everytime you need to drink coffee, choose a juice, apple (makes you more alert) and water.

Establish regular sleeping hours.

Give yourself some time to get up in the morning, light excersie etc, before you start your day.

Have a lot of dry fruit - nuts, almonds.

Do not ask me why or scientific proof for all of this, it is all that I have heard and a few that I tried. I still drink coffee because I like it. I never wanted to quit, but stop for a while to adjust my sleep patterns.

Hope all of these points help you ,

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Old 06.01.2015, 19:39
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Okay, a serious answer too Various members of my family have had to give up caffeine over the years. The reason generally was for better health, mostly for heart conditions and stroke risk.

Your experience will vary depending on your own body and how much caffeine you consume per day. I consume 2-3 standard cups of coffee per day and a few squares of dark chocolate. No other caffeinated beverages or foods with caffeine. If I do not drink at least one cup a day, I get a raging migraine without fail. So clearly my body "needs" at least a little jolt.

For those I know that quit, the first week is the worst, where you can feel jittery and tense, and have raging headaches from the withdrawal. It didn't seem to matter if they cut all caffeine at once or just a little - they still felt crummy at first. If you use the caffeine to wake you up, you might find yourself more groggy than normal.

You also might experience other side effects, depending on how you take your caffeine. Obviously the most standard is coffee or tea, but if you're a big energy drink consumer, you might also notice the lack of sugar.

Overall I think there's nothing wrong with some caffeine for normal, healthy people. But if you want to quit, there's nothing wrong with that either and I wish you the best!
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

May I ask what your motivation is Nil?

Apart from 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day, and always in morning or latest after lunch- I only drink water or roiboosch - so I can't really see the harm in the coffee. Oh and 2 squares of Lindt 70% with a bit of salt, which is a - ma - sing!
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

I have 3 kids and a full time job. I NEED coffee...
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

I just realized that I have always a headache, my digestive system is not very in shape (it feels like they are playing bowling in there), I have no energy and I am always tired.

I drink 2-3 cups in the morning and 1-2 in the afternoon. Mostly because I am always tired so I drink more to keep me going but I am always tired and the wheel turn...

So, I think to stop and replacing with decaf coffee. I feel that just reducing won't help me, I need to cut it off all together. In the evening I usually drink decaf tea or hot water.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Have you had your thyroid checked recently?

Do you have any links to support that giving up caffeine totally will help with tiredness? I often wonder if giving up coffee could help with my arthritis (knees, thumbs and at times, hips)- but I just love my coffee too much.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Keep in mind that decaf coffee is not 100% caffeine free. You might start by cutting back a little, as that is a lot of coffee and it is very acidic for your stomach. Are you drinking it black, with no food at all?
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Black, no sugar, and always after a cup of roïboosch and porridge.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

When I was in grad school I went off caffeine because my system became desensitised to the effect of it, and bigger "doses" will make you feel even worse digestivewise, etc. If you are stressed the knock-on will be even worse.

What I can say is after a period without caffeine it will take very little to give you a buzz. The scenario is not that different from the effects of alcohol and the body's ability to process and eliminate the by-products. I basically don't drink because I don't like beer, don't enjoy wine ( the reaction I get) though OH consumes my share, and without a really good local Mexican serving affordable and GOOD margaritas, there isn't any reason for me to drink so one glass of Glühwein at our village NYEve party left me feeling really happy.

I always wonder why when "children" are teenagers there is so much caution and worry about them drinking, yet when the age digits are inversed it is not considered ok NOT to drink

If you suspect caffeine is making you feel badly, you will definitely not feel worse giving it up. And yes, as Odile points out, get a complete set of blood tests.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

If you're having a lot of stomach issues, switching to decaf may not help. Some people experience as much acidity, etc with decaf. Caffeine can also disrupt your digestive system too, of course.

Are you sufficiently hydrated? I've been bad about drinking water of late and i am more tired. Am trying to drink water all day, and that helps my energy.

This time of year just turns me into a giant slug. But, Odile is right - check your thyroid. Could also be vitamin D, not enough light.

I can't drink lots of green or black tea either - i like rooibos, brennensessel, fennel, licorice. Plain old hot water with lemon is excellent too.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

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Have you had your thyroid checked recently?

Do you have any links to support that giving up caffeine totally will help with tiredness? I often wonder if giving up coffee could help with my arthritis (knees, thumbs and at times, hips)- but I just love my coffee too much.
No link just been looking around Internet. My thyroid is being checked. I am just trying to now work by elimination of the possible causes.

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Keep in mind that decaf coffee is not 100% caffeine free. You might start by cutting back a little, as that is a lot of coffee and it is very acidic for your stomach. Are you drinking it black, with no food at all?
I drink it with lactose free milk. First thing in the morning after a glass of water.
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If you're having a lot of stomach issues, switching to decaf may not help. Some people experience as much acidity, etc with decaf. Caffeine can also disrupt your digestive system too, of course.

Are you sufficiently hydrated? I've been bad about drinking water of late and i am more tired. Am trying to drink water all day, and that helps my energy.

This time of year just turns me into a giant slug. But, Odile is right - check your thyroid. Could also be vitamin D, not enough light.

I can't drink lots of green or black tea either - i like rooibos, brennensessel, fennel, licorice. Plain old hot water with lemon is excellent too.
I am on vitamin D supplement which I have to take once a month. My iron is also very low but the doctor wanted to focus on the Vit. D for now. I had some iron injections years ago and didn't work.

Now I am confused.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

I tried giving up once - it was bloody awful! Constipation, bloating, headaches, monumental irritability.

I wouldn't recommend it. As addictions go, caffeine's a pretty harmless one.
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

As a premise, I am a big fan of coffee - not so much for the caffeine, but for the taste. I used to drink 4-5 cups a day, of which 1-2 regular, and the rest decaf.

In early 2013, I decided to finally take a close look at my health, meaning get rid of unhealthy habits, and generally take better care of myself. So in the past two years I quit smoking, started exercising more, and finally, decided to seek medical treatment for a physical issue I've had for years and which was starting to create big problems. I bring this up because, while the meds help, they can only go so far: at the urging of my doctors, I had to completely alter my eating habits, to help my body cope with the (necessary) meds which I will likely have to take all my life. As it turns out, coffee and these meds don't coexist well in my body, and I was having severe stomach issues. Since, unfortunately, I cannot remove the meds, among other major changes in my eating habits, I decided to remove the coffee. Or rather - drastically reduce.

I am also a big tea drinker so it wasn't a huge loss, and I still have the occasional coffee (once every 2-3 weeks) as a treat, which my body tolerates. I realize that mine is a very special circumstance, so not applicable to everyone, but I am relating these facts because if there is one thing I learned, is that our body doesn't "need" caffeine (or nicotine, or chocolate, or whatever). WE think we do, because we like it. There is nothing wrong in my opinion with caffeine (or anything else) in moderation, but if you want to stop having caffeine, well, it can be done.

The way to do it is...just stop. Duh, right? if it was that easy...
Trust me, from someone who LOVED her tobacco and thought I would never be able to quit smoking - and did - ..."quitting" the rest, from excessive caffeine to excessive carbs to diet soda, was a piece of cake.

Good luck, you can do it!!!
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Re: Giving up caffeine.

I stopped drinking coffee three years ago. There were no major headaches only the urge to drink the coffee. More of a habit than need for caffeine I believe. What I miss most is the smell so I do go in to the kitchen when my wife is brewing a cup. After three days you start feeling better.

the first few days I drank black tea which also contains caffeine but less than coffee. After that I went on to the green teas. Benefits are a general better feeling (and a lot less urge to hit something at the end of the day). Stomach and digestive system improved enormously. A cup of camomile tea in the morning is really great for your body.

I would strongly recommend it
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I am on vitamin D supplement which I have to take once a month. My iron is also very low but the doctor wanted to focus on the Vit. D for now. I had some iron injections years ago and didn't work.



Now I am confused.

Sorry! Didn't mean to confuse you. If you're tired it could be thyroid, vit d, gloomy time of year - not enough light - related to vit D.

Also coffee has oils in it that can upset digestive systems - that's regardless of caffeine content.
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I am on vitamin D supplement which I have to take once a month. My iron is also very low but the doctor wanted to focus on the Vit. D for now. I had some iron injections years ago and didn't work.

Now I am confused.

What do you mean once a month? Like 1 liquid thing a month or a shot or what? I am on Vit D, liquid that I take everyday in water (20 drops). I have been on it for 2 months at least. My Dr. gave it to me because I was having bones pain and other inexplicable pains plus always tired and not really in my element (sad, no interests etc.)
I am feeling much better and I notice when I missed some days without Vit. D.
I tried to give up coffee more than once but it just didn't work. It is incredible what kind of a headache you can have! It also helps my digestion. I only drink 1 in the morning.
Also my Iron is at the limit but my Dr. said that Vit D. is more important now.
As for thyroid, I had an X-ray of my thyroid (no thyroid tests or blood test or whatever else you do to see if you thyroid is working ok or not) and they found a little thing on the right side of my thyroid so have to keep that in check. So maybe you can ask for an X-ray??
Hypothyroid is also a pain in the *** because you feel and look tired especially.

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Re: Giving up caffeine.

Because vit d is fat soluable, you don't pee it out, so some people don't take it every d ay - different dosing mechanisms. I take mine a couple days each week.
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