Why Should I Cut Back On Caffeine?
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, caffeine has been shown to increase your risks of blood pressure-related health problems. Eliminating caffeine is a good choice if you have blood pressure problems.
If you are diabetic, or have a high risk of becoming diabetic, you should avoid caffeine as it has been shown to increase blood sugar levels.
Other reasons to either quit or reduce caffeine include sleep, anxiety and stress.
Stress: Caffeine can increase stress levels. This is particularly true in people who are sensitive to caffeine or who consume too much of it.
Sleep: Again, if you are sensitive to caffeine, it may disturb your sleep. You should avoid caffeine after 3 p.m. or even earlier. But if you find that you are having trouble getting to sleep, nixing caffeine altogether may be helpful.
Anxiety: If you suffer from anxiety, caffeine can make it worse. Simply cutting caffeine from your daily routine may go a long way to helping you feel more calm and less anxious.
How Can I Quit Caffeine?
If you are a daily caffeine drinker, you know it isn't so easy to quit. Take things easy on yourself, and follow these steps:
- Replace caffeinated beverages. If you love your latte, go with decaf. For soda though, you may want to replace the beverage with something healthier, like decaf tea, lemonade or sparkling water. If you need to do this slowly, go ahead.
- Don't try cold turkey, especially if you’re a hard-core coffee or soda or energy drink consumer. You will end up with headaches, fatigue and even depression. Cut down little by little to reduce these symptoms.
- Get an accountability partner, or support from others. Set a date for yourself, and give yourself rewards and praise along the way.