Coffee is a morning routine for many people over the world. Some people say that they can not function normally if they do not drink a cup of coffee in the morning. Others make a choice to stop drinking coffee because due to healthy reasons. If you stop drinking coffee suddenly, few things will happen in your body when you quit for 7 days or more.
If you have been drinking coffee for many years, then it would be hard to stop it immediately and even for period of 7 days, as you are addicted to it. Many changes will occur to your body when you drink coffee and then you suddenly quit.
Caffeine is both a drug and a food additive and coffee is one of the most common forms of caffeine consumption in the world. Although it is a drug, it has not been considered to be harmful. You just have to be precautious and intake normal quantity of coffee per day.
However, caffeine withdrawal is considered to be a behavioral problem as it is under substance use disorder. Using a stimulant, such as caffeine to such a degree that the person drinking coffee is affected by physical and mental symptoms could equate to a substance use disorder for the stimulant caffeine.
Some of the criteria for substance use disorder may apply to people who drink coffee consistently. You may feel the symptoms:
* Craving the substance.
* Worrying about stopping or consistently failed efforts to control one’s use.
* Continuing the use of a substance despite health problems.
* Building up a tolerance to the drug and needing more of it to get the desired effect.
* Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after stopping use, like anxiety, irritability, fatigue, or hand tremors.
Many people, especially those who are exercising or practicing yoga can have below symptoms:
– No headaches
– Reduced shoulder and back muscle tension
– Improved concentration
– Better sleep and feel more alert in the morning
– More regular and healthy bowel movements
– Return to regular sleep cycles
– Increased awareness of hunger and fewer junk food cravings
– More patient when confronted by stress
The caffeine in coffee can affect sleep, mood, cerebral blood flow, your metabolism, your genes, and the neurotransmitters in the brain that affect memory processing and cognitive performance. In addition to this, caffeine takes time to leave the body and is at about half the peak blood plasma concentration after about three hours, completely leaving the body within about 6 hours.
Many people believe that they are more alert and able to think better when they drink coffee, however, there is a balancing point to how much caffeine helps your performance.
One of the metabolites of caffeine in the body is paraxanthine. Paraxanthine blocks the body’s adenosine receptors which then raises epinephrine levels in the blood and diastolic blood pressure. Therefore, when you drink coffee, your body responds as if there is a threat and begins to respond with its’ fight-or-flight stress response.
There is no easy way to stop drinking coffee and most decide to cut off their use completely. Try first to reduce coffee consumption and later try watering down your coffee more and more, until you are just drinking plain water in place of coffee. Instead of coffee, you can start drinking cocoa or tea in the morning. They are very beneficial for our health.