Food for Mind, Body, Spirit How to Wean from Caffeine Many people rely on caffeine to get started in the morning or keep going in the afternoon. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and many other products. It is generally considered safe when used in moderation. However, if you are sensitive to caffeine or take in large amounts, you may find yourself suffering from side effects including insomnia, tremors, increased blood pressure, and heart palpitations. So how do you kick the habit? It can be tough, but if you follow these tips, you can cut down or even completely cut caffeine out of your diet. Start slowly: Begin by gradually decreasing your caffeine intake. Drink fewer cups of coffee or skip that extra soda. Once you’ve done this successfully, go even further by switching to half-decaf coffee, tea, or diluted soda. Allow yourself at least a couple of weeks to reach your goal. Treat side effects: Caffeine withdrawal often causes headaches and fatigue. Soothe headaches with herbs, over-the-counter remedies or acupuncture. Ease fatigue by getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy diet. Extra doses of vitamin C and potassium may be beneficial. Herbs such as ginseng may also be helpful, and remember to stay hydrated. Take care of yourself: Treat your body well by exercising regularly for a natural energy boost. Consider adding meditation to your daily schedule to improve your concentration. I hope you find this helpful, and remember, I am always here to help.
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