Are YOU Caffeine Crazy?

Many people have grown so used to having their daily coffee or soda that they don’t even consider the effects caffeine has on their body. Most will tell you that they need their jolt to get or keep moving throughout the day. And, with caffeine present in coffee, tea, soda, chocolates and certain pain relievers, it’s easily available to everyone.

You don’t need to be addicted to caffeine to experience negative physical symptoms. Even as little as 1-2 caffeinated beverages a day can cause negative effects.  You may be experiencing any number of physical problems caused solely from caffeine. The most common side effects include dizziness, headache, irritability, muscle tension, nausea, nervousness, stuffy nose, unusual tiredness and jitters.

Too much caffeine can also cause stomach pain, agitation, anxiety, confusion, seizures, dehydration, faster breathing rate, fast heartbeat, fever, frequent urination, increased sensitivity to pain, irritability, muscle twitching, vomiting (sometimes with blood), fibrocystic breast disease, ringing or other sounds in ears, and trouble sleeping.  If you are diabetic or insulin resistant, caffeine causes your body to produce more insulin.

Caffeine also depletes the muscles of water, which causes them to become tight and stiff.  This in turn puts stress to your muscles, causing them to tighten and pull your bones out of alignment.

To off-set this, you should drink one glass of water for every glass of caffeine you consume.  In addition, it’s important to visit your chiropractor regularly.  Not only can they make dietary recommendations and advise you on the best way to reduce your caffeine intake, regular chiropractic adjustments can keep your nerve system functioning at peak performance, ensuring you are boosting your energy levels the natural way!

Tips for Kicking the Caffeine Habit

Start Small:

Whether it’s caffeinated colas or coffee that causes your caffeine addiction, you don’t want to quit cold turkey.  Start small by eliminating one caffeinated beverage a day or by drinking half caffeinated half decaf-drinks.  Replace one for an entire week, then move to a second the following week. Slow and steady is the key since weaning yourself over the course of a few days results in that dreaded headache for many.  It will take at least a month, if not longer, to kick the habit.
Find a replacement: Caffeine is a stimulant and may help you to wake up in the morning.  There are alternatives to this. First of all, understand that your body’s response to morning caffeine is more in your mind.  You may think that caffeine is waking you up when in reality it’s just your normal routine.  Splashing cold water on your face, enjoying something with citrus, or a hot shower can also help you wake up, with no side effects.

Stay the course:

Finally, to get yourself off of caffeine for good- make sure you stick to your guns. If you’re eating out and your only choices are caffeinated beverages, go ahead and have one or two drinks.  But be careful not to go overboard, your body may react more severely when the caffeine is reintroduced.