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This is a guest post by Diane Johnson
With the fast-paced world we live in, many Americans depend completely on caffeine just to stay awake and perform everyday tasks. This dependence has caused many people to finally say “enough is enough” and kick the addiction for good. Although your health is the primary concern for giving up caffeine, there are many additional benefits for giving up caffeine that can tremendously affect all aspects of your lifestyle.
1. A caffeine addiction can come with a big price tag that isn’t always obvious to the daily coffee drinker. Drinking a specialty coffee drink at Starbucks every day can end up costing around five extra dollars per day. This may not seem like a huge amount, but put in perspective it adds up to $35 per week, $140 per month and $1,680 per year.
That money could be put to other things in your life that you really need. In this economy, no one can afford to spend extra money on non-essential items. Although drinking coffee at home is much cheaper, it can still add up to quite a bit when calculating the cost of new grounds containers every month, coffee filters, expensive coffee makers, creamers and the list goes on. Essentially, kicking the habit is one of the most economically efficient things you can do for yourself.
2. Caffeine is an addictive substance that makes your body go through withdrawals when you don’t have it. Some of these withdrawals include headaches and extreme fatigue. The latter is especially ironic since the point of caffeine is to wake you up; but that’s part of what feeds the addiction.
Your extreme fatigue encourages you to drink another cup and another and so on. Giving up caffeine will relieve you from this fatigue and allow you to get on a more natural sleep cycle that is better for your health in the long run. Caffeine headaches can also inhibit your ability to perform at your best because you get so preoccupied with the pain that you are unable to complete the task at hand.
3. Nutritionally speaking, caffeinated drinks tend to be bad for your body by imposing too much sugar and too many calories. A Caramel Frappe from McDonald’s can run up to an alarmingly high 560 calories. For most diets, that’s a quarter of the recommended daily amount. Although regular coffee drinks usually range from 200-300 calories, the addition of sugar and creamers always add extra unnecessary calories to your drink that do nothing to better your personal nutrition. Plus, a high sugar intake is never good for your physical health and certainly not for your dental health.
4. Caffeine can take other forms such as soda, chocolate and medicine as well. These are common forms of caffeine that many of us don’t even really think of as being caffeinated. Regular use of these forms of caffeine can be bad for your heart health because they speed up your heart rate and can cause temporary anxiety. If you’ve struggled with heart problems in the past or currently struggle with heart problems, giving up caffeine can be one of the best things you can do for your health to ensure a long life and avoid heart disease– which is one of the number one killers in America today.
5. Eliminating caffeine from your diet will allow you to stay in the best health possible through natural means. Dependency on any substance is never a good thing for your body, so it’s important to kick the habit before it develops into something serious. Caffeine is okay to have very rarely on special occasions, but for the sake of your health it is best to avoid it as much as possible.
About the author: Diane Johnson writes about a number of her interests including nutrition, online classes, and traveling.