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These 6 benefits of quitting coffee will make you embrace a caffeine-free life

Published on:31 May 2020, 11:00am IST
Do you feel like you need coffee to function well? Have you been considering going caffeine-free? These health benefits might help you make the choice.
Aishwarya Chopra
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What shall happen when you detain coffee as your ally? Let’s find out! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to quit drinking coffee? We are talking about going cold turkey, even shunning the decaf variety of your favourite cup of joe. If you’re wondering why anybody in their right mind would give up caffeine, then let us tell you that going caffeine-free can be good for your health.

In fact, here are the six health benefits that NOT drinking coffee:

1. Your anxiety levels shall drop
Do you often feel jittery and anxious? Maybe it’s the excess of caffeine in your system that’s to be blamed! 

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The pangs of anxiety that may sometimes come from consuming excess coffee shall exist no more. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Most of us crave a hot cup of coffee for the instant energy boost that caffeine brings. Research studying the psychostimulant impact of coffee found that the burst of energy can stimulate our “fight or flight” hormones. What may follow is an increase in anxiety, nervousness, heart palpitations, and even panic attacks. 

Also, Read: Time to change: These 6 common habits can make your anxiety worse

2. The deep sleep you dream of shall be your reality
Although there are many factors that can cause a disrupted sleep cycle but cutting out caffeine shall give you one less reason to worry about. A study by Sleep Medicine Reviews found that daily caffeine intake can actually alter your sleep cycle and may cause restless sleep or even daytime drowsiness. For all the dreadful mornings, you can blame your coffee habit. 

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The deep sleep that you have been dreaming of can be your reality. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Another research found that if you consume caffeine less than six hours before heading to bed, then you must bid adieu to sleep for the night. Research by the US National Library of Medicine found that people who live a caffeine-free life are more likely to enjoy a blissful and undisturbed night’s rest. 

Also, Read: Can’t sleep? These 6 podcasts, tools, and YouTube videos can help you doze off

3. Your headaches might become less frequent
Ever noticed that on days you forget to drink your morning coffee, your head hurts? Well, caffeine withdrawal is real, ladies. A Journal of Pharmacology study found that headaches are the most common signs of caffeine withdrawal.

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The frequency of piercing headaches shall reduce substantially! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In fact, a 2004 study found that even if you don’t experience caffeine withdrawal, caffeine intake can increase your risk of developing chronic daily headaches.

4. Your body’s oestrogen levels might stabilize
An American Research of Clinical Nutrition study found that drinking more than two cups of coffee per day results in elevated oestrogen levels in women. 

  An imbalance in estrogen levels is concerning since it can increase the risk of endometriosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Not to mention, caffeine consumed through coffee, tea, and soda is also known to worsen period pains. With our reproductive health at stake, maybe going caffeine-free doesn’t sound so awful! 

5. Going caffeine-free is also good for your blood pressure
Switching out caffeine for a healthier alternative can help balance out your blood pressure. A study featured on Science Direct shows that caffeine is known to stimulate the nervous system which might lead to raised blood pressure. 

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Get ready for your blood pressure readings to slowly become normal. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Not to mention that a Journal of Hypertension study found that high caffeine intake (3 to 5 cups) actually increases our risk of having cardiovascular disease.

6. Say bye to coffee and hello to pearly white teeth
Well, there’s no fighting the fact that coffee and tea can actually stain teeth. Blame the high level of tannins found in caffeinated drinks that can lead to discoloured tooth enamel.

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Get pearly white teeth, girl! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So sipping on some hot cocoa instead of coffee might actually give you the warmth and energy you crave while making your teeth shine like diamonds!

 

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Aishwarya Chopra Aishwarya Chopra

Analysing the intricacies of life is my forte, from the matrix of books to anonymous stories of people's expressions and signatures. Everything is a mystery waiting to be uncovered.