Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quitting coffee is easy...said no one EVER!

A long time ago I said I'd touch on what awful terrible things happened to me when I quit coffee and never did.  I have a few minutes so I'll be brief.
I quit coffee during pregnancy. I had headaches and it wasn't very pleasant but I lived through it. Also knowing I could start back up again after breast feeding was my light at the end of the tunnel. Back in April  I decided to go hard core healthy and clean all up the last remaining stragglers from the last time I went "healthy", coffee, Chinese food, soy ingredients and occasional Mojito with the girls...I figured I'd get the headaches without the coffee for sure. I have Adrenal Fatigue so it was clear I had to go the NO caffeine rout.
Day 1: great

Day 2: slight headache
Day 3: severe headache
Day 4: Migraine from the dark angel himself . Kill me now.

I had fever, chills, shakes, nausea, and a migraine. I was sensitive to light, sound and even vibrations.I thought I was going to die. My forehead felt like it was sliding off my skull.
I prayed and prayed for it to be over. I was in bed for 2 days. Finally My sinuses started to get congested and then my nose was stuffed u it felt like it would explode right off my face. After texting with my doctor for a while day 7 we come to realize I had the dreadful pleasure of also having a sinus infection to go hand in hand with my withdrawal symptoms. Who know which was happening first, but they definitely worked hard to make the other worse, and they worked great together to make me sick enough to wwant to die. So needless to say, I will about once a month treat myself to a cafe mocha , but I can never go back! EVER!

Caffeine is a classified drug and reacts differently from person to person. While some people can drink up to 10 cups a day, others get a jolt from just one cup. The medical consensus regards caffeine as less of an addiction and more of a physical dependence.

In an in, Griffiths said that the studies had demonstrated that people who take in as little as a hundred milligrams of caffeine per day—about the amount in half a cup of coffee—can acquire a physical dependence that would trigger withdrawal symptoms.
"Although most regular caffeine users know that caffeine is a mild stimulant, many are not aware that abrupt cessation can sometimes produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms," Griffiths said.
"With regard to severity, 13 percent of people had clinically significant distress or functional impairment," Griffiths added. "At its worst, caffeine withdrawal involved missing work, canceling social functions, and going to bed with the belief that they had the flu."
A study published by theJournal of Analytical Toxicology found that nine out of 10 tested cups of decaf coffee from coffee from shops and restaurants contained 8.6 mg-13.9 mg of caffeine. It also found that decaffeinated espresso shots contained 3 mg-16 mg of caffeine per shot. Another study done by Consumer Reportstested 36 cups of small decaf coffees from six locations. They found that more than half had less than 5 mg of caffeine while the rest had a range from 20 mg-32 mg per cup. Depending on how much you consume in a day, you can end up consuming more caffeine from decaffeinated drinks than you would in one cup of coffee.

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