Caffeine is what we all grab in the morning to get our day started. We all have heard that is not good for you...we all know. But we still drink and enjoy our coffee anyways. For me it is a bad habit. I enjoy a cup first thing in the morning, another right after, and another or 2 in the afternoon. Sometimes it gets forgotten and cold. So I have to pour another. I recently have been trying to change this very bad habit of mine. So I have been trying some coffee substitutes. And I have noticed that I have not been missing the caffeine! No jitters at all! Now I get the jitters when I have a real cup though :)
Some caffeine facts(from people who know more than me)
- Simply avoiding caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and any foods that trigger allergies, along with boosting B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, can go a long way in relieving anxiety. In fact, cutting out caffeine alone often results in the complete elimination of symptoms. The diet should be rich in foods that have higher levels of B vitamins, such as leafy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Foods high in calcium and magnesium include sea vegetables, sesame, milk, and dairy products as well as leafy green vegetables. Stress reduction and relaxation exercises are often recommended for those suffering from anxiety.
Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
- For every cup of tea or coffee a person ingests, the body has to mobilize about 2-3 cups of water just to remove the caffeine, a luxury it cannot afford. This also applies to soft drinks, pharmaceutical drugs, or any other substance or activity that brings about the release of stress hormones, including watching TV for many hours. As a rule, all stimulants have a strong dehydrating effect on the bile, blood, and digestive juices. To heal a cancerous growth, stimulants are counterproductive, and it is best to avoid them.
Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism
- But some people are so sensitive to the effects of caffeine that they should stay away from coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks at any time in the afternoon. And don't assume that decaffeinated coffee is the solution to your insomnia problems. If heartburn is contributing to your nighttime sleep woes, the culprit could be decaf coffee, which can trigger acid reflux that may wake you up.
Joe Graedon, M.S. and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., Best Choices From the People's Pharmacy
- Although caffeine is a well-known stimulant, the intensity of response to caffeine varies greatly; people prone to feeling depressed or anxious tend to be especially sensitive to caffeine. The term caffeinism is used to describe a clinical syndrome, similar to generalized anxiety and panic disorders, that includes such symptoms as depression, nervousness, palpitations, irritability, and recurrent headache. Several studies have looked at caffeine intake and depression. For example, one study found that, among healthy college students, moderate and high coffee drinkers scored higher on a depression scale than did low users.
Michael T. Murray, N.D., Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition
I have found a few coffee substitutes but Teeccino way far the best! No they are not paying me to say that :) But the reason why I am telling you the brand I like is because they are giving free samples away to new subscribers and I just wanted to share it with you! Everyone loves free and this is better for you than coffee so give it a free try!
Teeccino is a herbal coffee substitute, it is naturally caffeine free, and made with 70% Organic ingredients. I really think it tastes better than coffee! Click on Teeccino to read more about it!
So have I convinced you to change????
A tip to help kick the habit.
Instead of 3mugs(4,5,6,?)a day, downgrade 2, then 1, then decaf, or herbal.
We will talk about Tea in another post :)