Is a good morning possible without a cup of cappuccino or espresso? Many will answer that no - and they will be partially right, because the culture of morning coffee has become so entrenched in our civilization that a complete rejection of a fragrant invigorating drink seems to us a full-fledged feat in the name of a healthy lifestyle. Yes, you do get used to good coffee quickly, but adapting to a decaf life is much more difficult. And the funniest thing is that if you think that giving up your favorite drink will only benefit your body, then we have bad news - reducing the usual dose of caffeine, you will only feel worse. And that's why.
Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a common ritual, but what happens to your body if you abruptly give it up? During the day, you may feel sleepy, headache, irritable. Some even feel anxious. Many complain of distraction and inability to concentrate normally. Side effect? Exactly: this is how your body reacts to the absence of the usual dose of caffeine.
Michael Kuhar, professor of neuropharmacology at Emory University (USA, Georgia), explains: in the absence of the usual cup of coffee, many experience symptoms similar to drug addicts' withdrawal symptoms. This is the very withdrawal syndrome - withdrawal syndrome - in which the body, under the influence of neural connections in the brain, experiences an acute shortage of the habitual psychostimulant, which, in fact, is caffeine.
On the other hand, Kuhar emphasizes that an excessive love of coffee is incorrect to compare with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Yes, for a while, life without coffee can seem like a real nightmare, but soon the unpleasant symptoms will pass. What's more, limiting caffeine intake is likely to benefit the body as a whole. However, before that happens, you have to suffer a little.
However, in order to avoid serious shocks to the body, you can adjust your habits gradually. For this, the specialists of the famous American Mayo clinic recommend the following scheme.
- Try to control the caffeine content of your daily diet. Pay attention to its content in foods and drinks (for example, in energy drinks), study labels. For an adult, 400 mg of caffeine per day is considered optimal (4 cups of freshly brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or 2 cans of an energy drink). However, it should be borne in mind that on the labels of some products containing caffeine, it is not always indicated.
- Reduce your daily caffeine dose gradually. Order a standard Americano instead of the usual double. Don't drink coffee after 4 pm. This will allow the body to not only adapt to lower caffeine levels, but also help to normalize sleep. And, as you know, healthy sleep in our time is a real luxury and one of the greatest values (read also: How Supermen Sleep, or Why 8-hour sleep is not for everyone).
- Try decaf. Not only the decaf variety itself, but also decaffeinated drinks. As a rule, they are not much inferior to regular coffee in taste.
- Shorten the brewing time or switch to herbal teas. If you shorten the brewing time of tea, the level of caffeine in the drink will be lower (see also: How much caffeine is in tea and how to tame it).
- Pay attention to the caffeine content of pain relievers. In some, the content reaches 130 mg per dose. Ask your drugstore for decaf analgesics.
For most adults, coffee is a familiar part of everyday life, and, as a rule, it does not pose a health problem. But in certain situations, it is better not to get carried away with this wonderful drink, since the consequences may not be the most pleasant: insomnia, increased heart rate, tremors.
And finally, a life hack from biohacking fans: if you learn to control yourself and refrain from coffee on ordinary days, then just one cup of espresso can become that magical remedy at the moment when maximum concentration is essential.
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