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Caffeine Addiction - The Addictive Nature Of Coffee

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Smell The Caffeine Addiction

Caffeine addiction and dependence are common in many people and unfortunately drinking coffee is a self-reinforcing behaviour. The body becomes insensitive to its own natural stimulants the more caffeine is consumed.

In other words, you'll need more coffee to produce the same energised effect or buzz and your body will have to produce higher quantities of its own stimulants like
Dopamine, Adrenalin and Noradrenaline, to feel normal. The long-term effects of coffee addiction can result in adrenal exhaustion and feelings of fatigue and inability to cope. Caffeine addiction begins as each cup of coffee serves merely to relieve symptoms of withdrawal.

Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Stopping caffeine often leads to a distinct, time-limited withdrawal syndrome. Research shows that consuming as little as 100 mg of caffeine a day (the equivalent of one cup of coffee) can lead to withdrawal symptoms. The severity of the caffeine withdrawal response seems to be in relation to the average dose of caffeine consumed. The average large mug of coffee can lead to as much as 500 mg of caffeine being consumed in one sitting.

Caffeine withdrawal usually lasts for about three days and may include symptoms of headache, drowsiness or sleepiness, impaired concentration, depression, anxiety, irritability, nausea, muscle aches and stiffness and in extreme cases, vomiting. The best way and also the most painful way to find out what effect caffeine has on you is to give it up (do a caffeine detox) for a period of two weeks and observe the symptoms.


Tips For Doing A Caffeine Detox

Giving up coffee or a caffeine detox is easier said than done. There are some tips to help ease the withdrawal symptoms discomfort:
  • Balance blood sugar levels by following the basics of a whole-food diet, supplementing with chromium if necessary and providing adrenal support.
  • Take a good-quality multivitamin supplement.
  • Large doses of vitamin C (from 3 to 10 g per day spread throughout the day) are used effectively in most quitting programmes.
  • Take a high-strength B-complex supplement with 500 mg vitamin B3, 500 mg of vitamin B5, and 100 mg of vitamin B6.
  • Take L-glutamine, 5 g in the morning and 5 g in the evening.
  • Include an essential fatty acid supplement; 100 mg GLA and 400 mg of DHA and EPA.
  • Take a mineral supplement including calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
  • Take liver support such as the herb Milk Thistle.
  • Try "coffee fading"
Needing a powerful stimulant is more likely when your body is tired and run down. If the body and mind are balanced and well-nourished, stimulants should not be needed to function normally.

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Comments

Feb 15, 2010 4:38pm
msmusicmaker
Very informative article! Good job!
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