Fun fact. Caffeine is the most commonly used addictive drug in existence.
I’m not here to tell you what choices to make. I’m here to portray the facts, so you can make an educated decision. If you struggle with fatigue and anxiety and you slug caffeine all day long, take a step back, read the facts, and make an informed decision about whether to go caffeine free or not.
Why would I give up caffeine?
Kicking caffeine is not for everyone. I know people who can’t function without their Starbucks. To me, that’s a problem.
Ask yourself this: If caffeine wasn’t available, how productive would you be? Most would be brain dead zombies. Personally, I don’t want to be reliant on substances. After years of large caffeine consumption, I am now 100% caffeine free. You too can be caffeine free, but I must warn you. Kicking caffeine is not for the faint of heart. The change doesn’t happen overnight. Know that the goal is for long-term self-improvement. It will make everything seem difficult, but if you stick with it, you won’t regret it. The benefits are worth the struggle.
Caffeine is an Addictive Drug
Caffeine is one of the most widely accepted addictive drugs on the planet. Giving it up comes with side effects.
Many people experience withdrawals. After giving it up and surviving the withdrawals:
1. You’ll have consistent energy levels throughout the day.
2. You’ll have decreased stress and anxiety levels.
3. You’ll wake up easier and feel more refreshed.
4. You’ll save money.
5. You’ll get harder erections.
Caffeine Withdrawal – The Ugly Truth
Before you reap the benefits of being caffeine-free, you must survive hellish withdrawals. Caffeine withdrawal is real. It can last for months. I’ll share the withdrawal symptoms I experienced:
7) Muscle pain and stiffness
8) Lack of concentration
9) Flu-like symptoms
My Personal Caffeine Withdrawals Symptoms
Here are my personal symptoms I experienced after being a slave to the drug for years of my life. Some of you will feel better in weeks. Others can take as long as a year for their brain to fully return to its pre-caffeinated state.
Here’s my caffeine detox timeline:
Extreme fatigue. Concentration was near impossible this week. I also developed a slight cold.
Week 2 – 4
Depression set in along with the extreme fatigue. It was accompanied by increased anxiety levels. This lasted over 2 weeks. It feels like it’s never going to end, but you will get through it.
Depression and anxiety subsided, but life felt dull and bland. As the month went on, I began feeling better for short periods of time. My sleep improved.
I felt better for longer. Waves of fatigue and fogginess would happen. There were good and bad weeks.
This is when things finally turned around. The dull, foggy mind was about 80% clearer. I was excited to do stuff. All my sacrifices were finally worth it.
Month 5 (My current month)
Awesome. The brain fog and dullness are gone! I wake up feeling refreshed and energized. I’m lively all the time. My wit is back. My mind is sharp. I have good mental balance and no anxiety.
This is not Easy
This isn’t for everyone, but I assure you, you can benefit from being caffeine-free.
Things that may help with caffeine withdrawal:
1. Drink a lot of water.
2. Taper off with caffeine. No need to go cold turkey. Give your brain time to catch up.
3. Light exercise.
4. L-Theanine – an herb that helps with anxiety.
5. Quit Caff – A special blend of vitamins and herbs to help your body adapt to stress and quit caffeine.
6. Astragalu Root – Amazing! It’s a Chinese adaptogenic that helps with fatigue, stress, and raises your chi.
7. Healthy diet.