What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking Coffee?

It starts with a headache...

An estimated 80 to 90 percent of Americans drink caffeine on a regular basis whether that’s coffee, soda, or high-performance energy drinks. Research shows that some three out of four regular caffeine users are actually addicted to the substance. Although most caffeine drinkers swear by the quick jolt of energy caffeine provides, the drug is linked to high blood pressure, incontinence, and indigestion. So what happens when we go cold turkey and give up our morning cup of Joe?

During the first seven days without caffeine, 50 percent of addicts will suffer from nasty headaches. Although they can be remedied by over-the-counter pain relievers, many of these contain caffeine, so be sure to check the back of the box. Caffeine quitters will also experience trouble in the bathroom after losing the aid of caffeine’s natural laxative effects. They may also suffer from brain fog caused by the body going through withdrawals from the powerful stimulant.

After about seven days, quitters will begin to experience the enjoys of a caffeine-free life. Their teeth will be whiter as they are no longer stained by acidic coffee. They’ll actually have more energy throughout the day because they’ll will no longer experience an afternoon dip when the caffeine stops working. Finally, without caffeine people are much calmer because they’re no longer over stimulating their adrenal glands. Now, the only hard part for caffeine quitters will be keeping away from the drug which means switching to decaf coffee, soda, and tea for the rest of their lives. If you call that living.

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