How To Quit Caffeine and Other Bad Things
Every addiction has similarities, as they are all stimulants. Stimulants rev your adrenals and speed up the messages between your brain and body. At first it’s fun to live with the high of stimulants. But eventually you find yourself needing your fix more often to get the same effect. That’s why people can rarely drink one caffeinated beverage a day.
Your autonomic or unconscious nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. During the day, when you are predominantly in the sympathetic state, most of the critical metabolic processes take place within your body. While it is appropriate and necessary to be in a sympathetic state part of the time, using stimulants keeps your body in a state of sympathetic dominance.
Stimulants monkey with several important hormones. They cause the release of the stress hormone cortisol, suppress the muscle building hormone DHEA, and raise levels of the fat storing hormone insulin. With your adrenals pumping continually, ultimately your adrenal reserve will be depleted. When stimulants override normal processes, you end up with depleted adrenal function, along with less muscle mass and a flabby body, often with a big belly.
EXAMPLES OF ADDICTIVE STIMULANTS
Cocaine, heroin, and other recreational drugs
Dexadrine, Ritalin, diet pills, including ginseng and ephedra (ma huang)
OTCs and prescription drugs
Oxocontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and other pain medications
Refined carbs and sugar
Tobacco (nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes)
The human body is in a constant state of yin and yang rebalancing called homeostasis. In normal life we are in a constant state of tissue destruction and would be in agony if it weren’t for the up‑regulation of endorphins. Without in house made endorphins you would scream if someone pulled a sheet across your skin, for example. That’s why heroin cold turkey is so agonizing. Heroin artificially fills up the opiate receptor sites, in your brain so the body gets the message that it doesn’t need to make its own supply, and down‑regulates the production of your “home made” opiates. If an addict quits cold turkey, and suddenly there’s no more heroin onboard, it takes the body a couple of weeks to up-regulate the production of opiate chemicals. That’s why withdrawals are so painful. Heroin addicts were known to use Flunitrazepam, a nitrobenzodiazepine a sedative‑hypnotic drug that depresses the nervous system, to ease the agony of withdrawals. (Flunitrazepam is the so-called “date rape” drug commonly called Rohyponol—it’s no longer available by prescription in the US.)
Caffeine’s thing is that it gets your adrenals artificially pumped up like dropping little atom bombs on the little organs every day, all day long. Whenever you artificially mess with a mechanism in your body you need to recognize that and adjust your quitting program accordingly. If you’ve been squeezing the life out of your adrenals by drinking coffee (energy drinks or sodas), if you stop drinking caffeine abruptly the demand on your exhausted adrenals stops suddenly. Since it takes time for your adrenals to recover enough to begin to respond to non-emergency demand, you may feel weak, headachy, fatigued, nauseated and experience unreal cravings.
Back off of coffee gently. Your craving will gradually diminish. Your adrenals will repair and begin to respond again. Weaning off coffee slowly will allow you to feel better along the way, instead of suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Begin by giving up one half cup of coffee every few days. If you drink three cups of coffee a day then you can quit in two to three weeks. If you drink ten cups it may take you up to two months to quit entirely.
It’s important to create a calendar and check-off list so that you don’t accidentally (on purpose) increase your caffeine intake while you’re “quitting.”
Switching to decaffeinated coffee is not the same as quitting since decaffeinated coffee still contains some, even significant amounts, of caffeine. In addition, unless you buy Swiss water processed decaffeinated coffee, most coffees are decaffeinated with methylene chloride, which is a carcinogen, which you then ingest with your decreased caffeine.
You can learn more about how to quit addictions in my book TAME YOUR BRAIN TO QUIT ADDICTIONS: A Brain Plan to Help You Quit Smoking For Good. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/150233
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