Caffeine Withdraw

Caffeine withdraw is serious business.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins studied 150 years of research on the effects of withdrawing from caffeine. Their findings will be of little surprise to anyone who has skipped a day or two of coffee after having a few cups daily on a regular basis.

Among the symptoms reported by individuals who stop caffeine intake are: headache; fatigue or drowsiness; dysphoric mood including depression and irritability; difficulty concentrating; and flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting and muscle pain or stiffness.

In addition to the symptoms of withdraw, caffeine has a number of negative consequences in the body. For example, caffeine is dehydrating, so that drinking liquids with a high caffeine content actually deplete the body of much-needed water. Caffeine also causes an elevation in blood sugar. This effect is compounded by the fact that many caffeinated beverages are already very high is sugar, such as soda, chocolate and sweetened coffee.

Perhaps most importantly, caffeine causes the body to increase its production of the hormone cortisol. This hormone is the “stress hormone.” Long-term elevation can lead to high blood pressure, loss of calcium in the bones, anxiety and other health problems.

If you are addicted to your morning cup of coffee and would like help in kicking the habit, schedule a visit with a physician at Nature Cures Clinic. We can provide you with the nutrients that have been depleted by the caffeine, and can supplement the program with acupuncture, massage or many other therapies that can help you make the change to a healthier daily routine.

To schedule an appointment, call 503-287-4970 or visit our New Appointment Page.

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