Coffee is a drug. It’s addictive, gives you a sudden rush of energy and offers you a bit of a high, which is usually followed by a bit of a crash. Once you start to feel the crash, more coffee is needed to maintain stimulation. But perhaps the biggest sign that coffee is a drug is that when you have a go at kicking the habit you will experience crazy withdrawal symptoms.
Headaches, nausea and moods so bad that you make … look like a pleasure – this is what prolonged periods of abstinence can do to the caffeine addicted. The thing with this drug is that it much more socially acceptable than downing vodka with your breakfast, or walking around with white powder all over your nose.
Drinking coffee is a ritual and symbol of important, busy people. The more responsibilities we have, the bigger the cup of coffee we need to carry around with us. I’ve actually never been a fan of coffee, but when I was working at a magazine in a city I would drink it just to fit in with the crowd. A journalist who doesn’t order anything from the regular coffee run is not a real journalist, I thought.
The more stress we have in our life, the more coffee we drink. It’s a vicious cycle. We need coffee to keep up with the pace of modern life, but coffee itself actually helps to create the nervous energy of this pace. Coffee wakes us up and gets us going, but over time this unnatural stimulation of our nerves creates stress levels that wreak havoc on our immune systems, our thyroid, and our adrenals.
Because drinking coffee is a cultural habit, an entertainment and a form of comfort, many of us don’t really understand the implications of guzzling numerous cups of the stuff each day. It is widely known that caffeine – the essential ingredient in coffee – enhances alertness and concentration, but the negative effects are pretty well downplayed. The health risks include inhibiting the absorption of essential minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc as well as B vitamins. Many studies have also linked heavy coffee consumption with higher risks for miscarriages, osteoporosis and heart disease.
How to Ease Out Of Your Coffee Addiction
Drinking coffee is a habit that should be gradually given up – especially if you rely on more than one cup each day. Caffeine withdrawal is not fun – for you or for those around you. Here are a few things you can do to help you kick the habit:
1. Just add water. As well as slowly reducing the amount of coffee you drink, you can help to crowd it out by drinking a lot more water throughout the day.
2. Switch to tea. Black tea still contains caffeine, but it is much less than coffee. Green tea and white tea are even better options.
3. Try dandelion and chicory root blend. This tea is a great coffee substitute as it looks like coffee and it still has a rich flavor. You can also add oat milk or almond milk if you prefer it creamy. This stuff is rich in minerals, provides energy and is also known for its detoxifying properties.
4. Try Teechino. This is a blend of roasted herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that makes a great caffeine-free coffee alternative. It has a similar aroma and taste to coffee and it can be brewed or used in a coffee machine. It is high in potassium and offers a natural energy boost.
5. Get plenty of rest. When you take coffee away, your body won’t know what’s hit it. Without that false energy, you will most likely feel tired and more lethargic than usual. Be gentle with yourself and honor your body with more sleep and rest.