- Some people rely on coffee to calm migraine attacks – while others dodge it for being a trigger.
- However, those that are reliant on coffee can experience on bad headache upon going on a detox as a withdrawal symptom.
- The throbbing headaches can occur because of the absence of caffeine – a stimulant that relaxes blood vessels.
New Delhi: Espresso, cappuccino, latte, Irish and so on – one coffee and it is loved across its forms by all. Students, working professionals and older adults – coffee holds a special place in the hearts of; and holistic healthcare experts, too, propagate the importance of drinking up to three cups a day owing to it many health benefits. Several studies have thanked coffee for its benefits in taming migraine attacks in some patients, delaying cognitive decline and dodging Alzheimer’s risk. The benefits of coffee are attributed to caffeine – a central nervous system stimulant that prevents drowsiness. However, this popular beverage that comes with health benefits isn’t the only source of caffeine. Other sources of this compound are as follows:
- Kola nuts
- Cacao pods
- Energy drinks
- Fitness supplements
- Green tea
- Packaged sodas
- Tea leaves
Caffeine can overtime become addictive and may even give you sleepless nights. And if you are planning to go caffeine-free, there can be some unexpected, immediate effects on your body – some pleasant and a few unpleasant ones too.
What are the effects of going on a caffeine detox?
If you are all set to go on a caffeine detox, be prepared for some of the following effects on health.
- Mood swings: When giving up caffeine, the first one of two days may go fine – however, the next stages could be full of fatigue and mood swings. You could become very grumpy upon losing the energy drinks that kept you fired up. Yet, you need to know that feeling this way is normal and it too shall pass.
- Weight fluctuations: Caffeine-laden drinks are often home to artificial sweeteners, sugar and hidden calories – like diet sodas, flavoured teas and lattes. Therefore, when you resolve to give them up and retain the caffeine detox phase for a significant amount of time, your weight is likely to drop. Alternatively, if you had been relying on black coffee and green tea for weight loss, don’t be too surprised if the detox phase brings you a few extra kilos – reason being caffeine’s ability to boost metabolic rate and curb appetite.
- Headaches: Some people rely on coffee to calm migraine attacks – while others dodge it for being a trigger. However, those that are reliant on coffee can experience on bad headache upon going on a detox as a withdrawal symptom. The throbbing headaches can occur because of the absence of caffeine – a stimulant that relaxes blood vessels. As a result, the vessels constrict and patients may experience throbbing pain. But the good news is that it this subsides in 7-10 days.
- Workouts may become tougher: Drink an espresso shot before hitting the gym, it boosts stamina, burns more fat and enhances workout performance – this statement is heard by all that go to the gym. And as per The American College of Sports Medicine, this statement has relevance as caffeine is known to improve workout intensity and performance. Therefore, if you do give up on it for a while, workouts are likely to feel tougher.
- You will be less stressed: Packaged caffeine kick starts the adrenal glands and instructs them to secrete adrenaline thereby putting you in flight or fight mode. This unknowingly puts your mind and body under stress and anxiety. Therefore, when you say no to caffeine for good, these tendencies may vanish unexpectedly.
How to go on a caffeine detox safely?
With the side effects in mind, it is easy to get intimidated by the possible effects of going on a caffeine detox. Fret not, there are some simple tips that can help you help the discomfort.
- Ease into the detox phase – slowly cut down on your daily caffeine intake and then eliminate completely, start by downsizing the portions – down to eight ounces as opposed to regular 12 ounces a day
- Get more sleep
- Eat a filling and energising breakfast comprising complex carbs, proteins and healthy fats
- Keep yourself busy and distracted through the day to dodge cravings
- Go for a brisk walk the minute you feel fatigued or crave for a drink
- Identify the triggers and avoid them as much as possible
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.