How to Wean Yourself Off Caffeine

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Unlike alcohol, nicotine and other substances frowned upon by society, caffeine and coffee, sodas and energy drinks remain acceptable and popular. For anyone who has ever attempted to kick the habit, they know that caffeine is a drug. Stop cold turkey and you are likely to suffer from headaches, fatigue and mental fog. However, when desiring to quit the caffeine addiction, tapering is a much more merciful solution.

Gradual Taper

Whether coffee, tea or energy drinks are your weakness, gradually decreasing the amount of consumption over time also helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. Try lowering your daily intake by approximately 50 milligrams every two to three days until you are finally free. Reduction options include simply eliminating the amount containing 50 milligrams or combining decaffeinated beverages with caffeinated beverages to consume the same amount of liquid. Eliminating 50 milligrams of caffeine equates to:

• Coffee-gradually cut intake by two to four ounces each time you decrease
• Tea-taper by reducing intake by one cup
• Soft drinks-decrease consumption by eight to twelve ounces each time
• Energy drinks-reduce intake by one-half to a full can

Replacement Options

If having a cup of coffee is a ritual in the mornings, consider switching to a hot cup of herbal tea instead. If the habit involves meeting friends at a coffee shop, try ordering decaffeinated coffee, tea or anything else. When thirst propels your need for a can or a bottle of soda, grab a bottle of flavored water.

Natural Energizers

Giving up caffeine or any addictive substance is rough on the mind and body. Many continue the caffeine habit for the energy boost. However, juicing is a natural and healthier alternative. You might be amazed at the energy you get from liquified fresh fruits and vegetables. You have the option of using any combination desired and all are nutrient packed options. Natural juice supplies an abundance of vitamins and minerals that quickly enter the bloodstream without needing excessive processing by the gastrointestinal system. Drinking extra water throughout the day also helps cells stay properly hydrated so that body systems have the chance to function at optimum levels.

You can also boost your metabolism and energy levels naturally by getting outside in the sun and exercising. Whether needing to lose weight or not, physical activity enhances the cardiovascular system, which improves oxygen circulation throughout the body. Being out in the sun also helps the body replenish vitamin D.

Adequate Sleep

On average, the majority of people need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Mentally and physically we need restful sleep to allow the brain to organize and focus on initiating metabolic processes to repair and maintain the body.

Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "How to Wean Yourself Off Caffeine," in, February 21, 2016, (accessed September 29, 2022).