I absolutely love coffee. I can’t go one morning without having my daily cup of coffee. However, I recently learned that coffee can have some negative side effects and could actually cause someone to be dependent. It’s actually considered to be an addictive drug!
So I wanted to challenge myself and see how I would be affected if I stopped drinking coffee and caffeine in general. I was definitely blown away! I actually got to the point to where I was drinking about 2 cups of coffee EVERY morning, sometimes 3. I stopped drinking coffee last week and I have been hurting. I have had bad headaches for days. I am super sleepy all the time. And I am really grumpy. I did a little research and this is all to be expected from someone who stops the intake of caffeine.
I became particularly interested in what this meant for me as a woman. What type of side effects does caffeine have on women? The one thing that stuck out to me was “increased stress hormones”. I am always stressing out about the smallest things…since I was young I’ve always been this way. To learn that caffeine increases stress hormones was a definite deal breaker! Caffeine also affects your heart health and digestive health.
Now don’t get me wrong, caffeine has some benefits, in particular for athletes like runners because it increases the circulation of fatty acids. It also helps with muscle pain after a tough workout.
Anyway, my point is, I am cut-off caffeine and I’m keeping track of how it is affecting me. I’ll keep you all posted on how I’m feeling. Hopefully these side effects won’t last long because I am miserable!
Hopefully this will get you to look at your caffeine intake and evaluate how you’re doing.