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Quitting Caffeine - A Worthy Challenge (or am I crazy for even mentioning it?)

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Take the Challenge - See If You Can Do It!!

Would you consider quitting caffeine if it helps you sleep better and improves nutrient absorption when you eat? Recovery from workouts and life stress is best met with good sleep and nutritional choices. However, there are many other benefits to quitting caffeine. The question is: “Are you willing to accept the challenge?” Or am I crazy for even considering it?

Quitting caffeine is not even an option, as most of us rely on morning and afternoon energy jolts to help us focus better on the day’s activities. But does caffeine give you energy? NO—it simply hides fatigue by blocking adenosine from telling the brain you are tired or sleepy. There are better choices for caffeine. Both coffee and tea are high in antioxidants and may help reduce illnesses such as diabetes and dementia, lower the risk of stroke, and improve memory and focus. Whereas sodas, energy drinks, and pre-workouts may have additives that make them potentially dangerous.  (Pros/Cons of Caffeine)

So, suppose you are feeling anxious, jittery, having difficulty sleeping, and constantly running to the bathroom after drinking coffee or energy drinks. In that case, it may be time to consider giving up caffeine for your health and well-being.

This is a tough habit to break. As I write this, I am on my third day of no caffeine, replacing my unsweetened tea with decaffeinated tea. I will not lie; the headaches in the middle of the day made me want some caffeine, but they went away with a 20-minute walk and drinking a quart of water. It feels more like an accomplishment now than a challenge, but the first day was tough—the decaf helped with that for sure.

Here are many benefits you can start to feel after a few days of weening yourself off needing caffeine.

Lower Anxiety and Blood Pressure: Caffeine increases heart rate and stress hormones, causing anxiety and unease. By cutting out caffeine, you may feel calmer and more at ease. Depending on your personal tolerance, you may even see a reduction in blood pressure in the doctor's office as well. Cutting out caffeine can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and related conditions. Without the jitters and anxiety often associated with caffeine, you may find it easier to focus and achieve your fitness goals.

How Giving Up Caffeine Can Restore Your Natural Sleep Patterns:
Giving up caffeine may lead to better sleep by restoring natural sleep patterns, allowing you to wake up feeling more rested and rejuvenated. Probably to most important benefit of reduced or eliminated caffeine is that sleep will be back to normal especially if your caffeine habit went into the late afternoon or evening. 

Constantly Going to the Bathroom? It Could Be Time to Ditch the Caffeine Habit Once and For All:  Cutting out caffeine means fewer interruptions for restroom breaks, allowing you to focus on other activities. Caffeine is considered a diuretic and if taken in high amounts it could increase urination causing dehydration if you are not adding water to your day. 

Breaking the Chains of Caffeine Dependence:  I thought I was more "addicted" to caffeine than I apparently am. The withdrawal symptoms were not ad bad as I thought they would be and I do not feel any better or worse after 3 days of no caffeine. Regular caffeine consumption can lead to dependence and daily withdrawal symptoms. Giving up caffeine allows you to dodge these risks.

Maximize Nutrient Absorption and Boost Your Overall Health: The Hidden Benefits of Giving Up Caffeine:  Caffeine can interfere with nutrient absorption. Nutrition and sleep are our #1 and #2 tools to fight over-training and stress in our lives. By eliminating caffeine, your body's ability to absorb essential nutrients will improve. Vitamins like A, B, C, D, and electrolytes like magnesium, potassium, sodium are some of the many nutrients that do not get fully absorbed by the body with drinking caffeine. Effects of Caffeine of Vitamin Absorption

Hydrate or Die! By replacing caffeinated beverages with water and other hydrating options, you can support your body's natural processes and promote better overall hydration and restfulness: Replace caffeinated beverages with water to support your body's natural processes and promote overall hydration and restfulness.

Save MoneyUltimately, giving up caffeine allows you to focus on simply hydrating (water) and resting well, which are key components to a healthy lifestyle. $7-10 a day adds up to $250-$300/month!

In conclusion, giving up caffeine has numerous benefits for your health and well-being, including lowered anxiety, better sleep, improved skin, and a stronger, healthier body. Consider giving up caffeine and enjoy the many benefits of a caffeine-free lifestyle. Your body will thank you for it.

Who is Stew Smith? Coach, Trainer, Author, PodcasterI'm the former Navy SEAL that military recruits, police/fire candidates, and special ops candidates go to for books, ebooks and online coaching to prepare themselves to get to and through tactical assessment and selection programs and qualify for service in their chosen tactical profession.  See More at

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