The Top Benefits of Quitting Caffeine
I want to think about quitting in two ways here: quitting caffeine outright, or simply being strategic about how much caffeine you ingest. There’s a case for both of them.
I would recommend more of the second option. You want to think about when you take in caffeine, and what it feels like to be without caffeine.
Once you know that, you are then in a position to know how much you can tolerate before you lose all those benefits. This is going to vary between people.
The basic issue is that all the ways that chronic stressors are negative, it can be even worse for those who are already caffeine sensitive. Caffeine heightens your fight-or-flight response and leads to an overall imbalance that harms our health.
This can include things like:
- Depth of sleep
- Body weight
- Digestive health
- Mental focus
- Physical and mental energy
But, what are some alternatives to caffeine? If you want to quit caffeine, but also want to cover your bases, here are some ideas to keep in the back of your pocket.
If your goal is mental focus, a really neat thing to consider is lemon balm. You can most commonly find it as a tea – it tastes good, helps mental focus, and is not a stimulant.
Or, chamomile is a great one. It can be especially good later in the day, especially when it comes to cutting anxiety and helping with cognitive function.
Rooibos tea is also a good alternative. Consider it like black tea in terms of taste, but it has some nice antioxidants without any caffeine.
We also have lots of non-coffee-based coffees. Dandelion is a classic, but there are many that have made blends that are really tasty (Teeccino is one example of a brand).