by Guy Edwards
You should know that coffee is a drug. It contains Caffeine. Its chemical formula is C8H10N4O2. Its chemical name is 3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione or 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine or 1,3,7-trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine. Caffeine Chemistry shows a molecular diagram.
Know that caffeine is addictive. Regular use of more than of 350 mg of caffeine a day (about 3 cups) causes physical dependence on the drug.
Caffeine effects the brain and the central nervous system, it raises adrenaline levels, raises the production of the hormones cortisol(which promotes stress and aging), epinephrine and norepinephrine, is a diuretic (a substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine). Coffee is acidic. and effects sleep (usually delays sleep onset, shortens overall sleep time, and reduces the “depth” of sleep).
Caffeine ingestion contributes to insulin resistance and impairs glucose and insulin homeostasis as part of the stress response. Know caffeine content of various drinks : Coffee, Teas, Colas/Pop/Sodas, Hot Chocolate Drinks, Chocolate all have caffiene.
To live a healthier life : you don’t have to join the majority of the population in regularly ingesting a socially acceptable addictive physiology-altering legal drug.
To save money : if you belong to the crowd of people who loudly and proudly proclaim their Starbucks habit, I suggest you calculate the cost of the habit. A couple of lattes every work day is 2 x $6 x 200 = $1200. You could buy a brand new iPod every quarter or a brand new laptop every year or visitEurope on a vacation. Visualize your reward. Print out a photograph of your chosen toy or vacation spot and keep it visible at all times to remind yourself of what you are working towards.
To become a millionaire : if you invest a Starbucks coffee a day for the next 40 years, you’ll be a millionaire! Suze Orman does the math for you. See : Are YouFlushing One Million Dollars Down the Toilet? Strategies
Gradually reduce the amount : Every week, reduce the number of coffee cups by one. 4 cups a day in the first week, 3 in the second, 2 in the third, 1 ine the fourth. Caffeine-free in one month!
Gradually halve the amount : Every week, halve the number of coffee cups. e.g. 4 cups a day in the first week, 2 in the second, 1 in the third, Caffeine-free in three weeks!
At home gradually reduce the coffee : When making your coffee in a drip machine every morning, gradually use less than what you normally use until it’s so weak you can stop altogether.
Switch to tea: Tea has lower amounts of caffeine. Every week, switch over one of your coffee breaks to tea. Upon successful transition to tea, repeat the process to transition to caffeine-free tea.
What to Expect with Withdrawal Symptoms : Some of the common withdrawal symptoms include headache, fatigue or drowsiness, depression or irritability, difficulty in concentrating, flulike symptoms including nausea, muscle pain, and stiffness. You will experience some or all of these symptoms depending on your addiction level.
Tips and Tricks Sleep : get ample quality regular sleep while you are transitioning to your caffeine-free state.
Morning Exercise : aerobic exercise, like cycling, produces endorphins and starts your day on a natural high.
Step Outside : make it a ritual to go outside and deep breathe fresh air in the morning.
Replace With A Herbal Tea: coffee is a habit. Replace the habit with a hot herbal tea.
Eat Breakfast : eating a (low glycemic index) breakfast will keep your brain nourished for the morning.
Avoid Sugary Breakfast: processed cereals, donuts or high sugar muffins; they cause a rapid buildup and slump in your blood sugar levels.
Afternoon Snack: keep an apple or banana or a handful of cashew nuts ready for the mid-afternoon snack time instead of coffee. Drink More Water: carry a water bottle around and take sips regularly.
Take an Adrenal Support Formula: This will help give the natural energy boost that you need.
Healthy Coffee Alternative:
Teeccino : herbal non-caffeinated coffee.
Rooibos Tea: A herbal non caffienated beverage
Chicory root (Cichorium intybus) : has long been used as a coffee substitute.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): is second only to chicory as a coffee substitute.
Warm Rice-Milk : part of the addiction is the need for a warm liquid; try milk or milk substitutes.
Any herbal tea: Try one of the many varieties of fruit teas, or non caffeinated herbal teas, search until you find one you like the taste of.
About the author Guy Edwards is a health & performance specialist who helps clients become healthy, look and feel their best. If you’d like to receive invaluable tips and advice on how to feel and look your best with ease, contact Guy at Successful Health Coach