Caffeine is a drug and it can either have a positive or negative effect in our bodies. It can have a positive effect on our bodies if it is taken in small proportions. On the other hand it can have adverse effects on our bodies if it’s abused and the withdrawal symptoms maybe severe which may include throbbing headaches, tiredness etc. According to recent studies, caffeine can block receptors in the brain that can dilate blood vessels causing headaches. Quitting caffeine may be tedious and withdrawal symptoms can start as early as 12 to 20 hours after your last cup of coffee and can peak about two days later.
Below are some of the ways that you can beat caffeine dependency with healthier alternatives.
Drink green tea
Green tea does have some small quantities of caffeine, not as much as coffee, soda, or energy drinks. If you are feeling the need for a drink, you should opt for green tea rather than coffee or soda. This will help you keep going while still reducing your overall intake of caffeine.
Take a note of your much caffeine you drink
The first step to breaking the cycle of caffeine addiction is to identify how much you’re consuming on a daily basis. This will enable you to have a clear way of how you can cut back each week by opting for other alternative drinks that have very little caffeine.
Shun away from Chocolates
Some foods like chocolate have traces of caffeine and hence you should try as much as possible to shun away from them so as to beat caffeine dependency effectively.
Replace a small amount of regular coffee with decaf coffee
In the morning when you’re preparing your cup of coffee, you can mix half and half decaf grounds or beans with regular grounds or beans. This ensures that even if you drink more coffee than you intended, you’re still not getting as much caffeine as before.
Substitute sodas with herbal tea or water
You can also beat caffeine dependency by replacing sodas with a cup of herbal tea or water. This ensures that you cut down on caffeine.