So I know what you're thinking, who the heck would give up coffee as it basically runs the world. But if you're currently cutting out caffeine for lifestyle changes and are struggling with with withdrawal symptoms such as, headaches, irritability, shakiness, anxiety and fatigue. I may have the cure. Research has shown that caffeine restricts blood flow to the brain, so those painful headaches you've been experiencing are a result in your blood vessels expanding and your brain screaming that it wants its coffee back. Although these are normal symptoms that pop-up they should only last about a week at the most, so if you continue to have any pain it might be wise to consult a professional.
7 Tips to fighting off caffeine withdrawal:
Water: Most of the time our headaches come being dehydrated. Water also helps flush out the toxins from your body.
Vitamin C: Helps alleviate headaches, protect against common colds and decrease anxiety.
Zinc: This supplement has been known to help with headaches as well as all sorts of issues like skin irritations, high blood pressure, psoriasis, acne.
Meditation: Focusing on your breath. Carving out 5 min before you start your busy day and focusing on breathing can help you destress, get clear focus and increase oxygen to the body and brain.
Sleep: Adjusting your sleep schedule to aim and get 6-8 hours of sleep so you wake up feeling fresh. When coming off caffeine this is important as your body is recovering from the stress response that coffee has on the body.
Eat your greens: Greens improve blood circulation and balance blood sugar levels.
Essential oils: Such as lavender, tea tree oil, peppermint and chamomile can help you relax and balance out your blood sugar levels. You can either add a few drops to hot water or simply rub it on your temples.
Other options: Try decaffeinated coffee, teas (peppermint is great for headaches) and other drinks. If worst case you can't take it any longer, I recommend trying matcha, chai tea or green tea which has a smaller amount of caffeine to help wean you off.
Personally, I don’t drink much caffeine as I’ve noticed it can be a trigger for my anxiety. So honestly I’ve haven't experienced the withdrawal symptoms myself. However, many of my clients have had issues when trying to eliminate it in the past. So I’m curious what are some ways that have helped you cope with the discomfort when trying to eliminate caffeine?