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Any unexpected benefits associated with abstaining from coffee?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Hi All,

Today is Day 6 for me without coffee or caffeine. I've already noticed improved sleep. Are there any other subtle/debatable positive effects from not drinking coffee as time goes on? Because in the news, all I read about are good things about drinking coffee. For a long time, I had assured myself that it was good for me, but now I'm not so sure.

A48df263488727ddaf3956fe95601f57

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on April 20, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Don't bet on it. How could 5-6 cups a day not affect you! Take it away fro them and see how they cope.

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

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on June 12, 2011
at 05:27 PM

OMG is it ever addictive... I am trying to ween myself off of it as I believe it is the cause for my ravenous sugar cravings after the magic has worn off.

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on May 23, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I agree 100% with everything you said. I recently quit coffee for about 30 days and was surprised at how much better I felt, not only sleep but mood and grouchiness. However, it is very hard not to have some kind of caffeine in the mornings when you need to work and are a couple of steps slow. I think I must be particularly sensitive to this, because I know people that drink 5-6 cups a day or more and it doesn't seem to affect them any more than hot water.

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on December 05, 2010
at 10:50 PM

mileage may vary i suppose! i also enjoy coffee as one of my "natural" beverages. i like to think its better than drinking diet cokes.

Bd9d85b368b48966fa4ce4cb8eca5056

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on December 05, 2010
at 06:05 PM

From personal experience with caffeine and ADHD, I disagree. When I take caffeine, I notice a sharp increase in attention span, but I think the act of being on caffeine regularly decreases your baseline attention span. I seem to function at caffeinated levels when I haven't had caffeine in more than a week, and when I'm sticking to a strict paleo diet -- no caffeine, no non-processed carbs, and no red dyes. That said, I self-medicated with caffeine for years without knowing why, and given a choice between that and "traditional" ADHD meds, I'd pick caffeine every time.

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on October 27, 2010
at 10:48 PM

Sigh, I DO like the jacked up feeling. I think caffeine is bad for your adrenal glands, though, and philosophically, I don't want to put anything in my body that is bad for it on a daily basis, or that causes withdrawal symptoms. So, someday it will be on the chopping block. Just not yet.

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:35 PM

People who are addicted to caffeine LOVE to think coffee is heathy. :-)

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 05, 2010
at 06:02 PM

Reducing caffeine has had the single biggest impact on my health of all my dietary changes, easily. Ironically it hasn't had much impact on my sleep (which was caused by a different problem), but it has made me a lot calmer, more clear-thinking and astute, less anxious, generally happier, much more reliable energy especially in the morning etc.

Unfortunately despite cutting my caffeine back to nothing on a regular basis, I still end up taking it occasionally due to often sleeping badly (as per today, when I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep) and needing to still be able to work. I still fine caffeine horrifically addictive, in that if I consume some one day, I'll get a pounding headache if I don't have some the next day (so I have to repeatedly taper off), and it's not as though it's just me liking the taste of coffee since atm I'm just having half a caffeine pill when necessary.

Also I can confirm that one's ability to handle coffee does vary wildly, even within the same individual. Before, I used to be able to drink huge amounts of caffeine constantly without ill effects, but increasingly it would just make me jittery and sick.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on May 23, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I agree 100% with everything you said. I recently quit coffee for about 30 days and was surprised at how much better I felt, not only sleep but mood and grouchiness. However, it is very hard not to have some kind of caffeine in the mornings when you need to work and are a couple of steps slow. I think I must be particularly sensitive to this, because I know people that drink 5-6 cups a day or more and it doesn't seem to affect them any more than hot water.

A48df263488727ddaf3956fe95601f57

(62)

on April 20, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Don't bet on it. How could 5-6 cups a day not affect you! Take it away fro them and see how they cope.

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209d2fc1f43df88348031c7c38077172

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on December 05, 2010
at 08:48 PM

I'm not sure if I can directly link the coffee to this, but I quit drinking it a couple of months ago. In the last couple of weeks I started drinking a few cups in the morning again and seem to be way more irritable now that I started back.

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:43 PM

On the positive vote for Coffee, people with ADHD might find that it calms them down and makes them less anxious.

ADHD drugs are stimulants that increase the brains dopamine activity which is suppressed in people with ADHD. The suppressed dopamine functioning is actually what reduces people with ADHD's focus and makes them hyper. Giving them a stimulant will often calm them down and give them back their attention span because the dopamine function increases. Caffeine has also been thought to have a similar effect to the commercial stuff like Ritalin and Aderol--and it comes in the natural form of coffee.

I found a cool study linking better sleep to stimulant use in people with ADHD which I thought was interesting and counter intuitive to the whole "quitting coffee makes me sleep better" arguement. I used to take espresso naps in college. http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/c/57718/21126/sleep-adults-adhd

So, my little thesis here is just that quitting coffee may be good for a lot of people, but there maybe some people out there that get a performance boost from coffee in a different way than the regular 'wired' results of others. Letting food be our medicine in true form!

Bd9d85b368b48966fa4ce4cb8eca5056

(10)

on December 05, 2010
at 06:05 PM

From personal experience with caffeine and ADHD, I disagree. When I take caffeine, I notice a sharp increase in attention span, but I think the act of being on caffeine regularly decreases your baseline attention span. I seem to function at caffeinated levels when I haven't had caffeine in more than a week, and when I'm sticking to a strict paleo diet -- no caffeine, no non-processed carbs, and no red dyes. That said, I self-medicated with caffeine for years without knowing why, and given a choice between that and "traditional" ADHD meds, I'd pick caffeine every time.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 05, 2010
at 10:50 PM

mileage may vary i suppose! i also enjoy coffee as one of my "natural" beverages. i like to think its better than drinking diet cokes.

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on October 27, 2010
at 01:31 AM

It's been 2 months since I stopped drinking coffee. Was doing about 1-2 pots of French Roast every day when I quit. Ramped up since high school - now I'm in my mid 40s. I still have very low energy compared to when coffee fueled. I sleep about 9-10 hours a night. It's a very strange feeling. Almost like I'm on downers. Definitely much less uptight and anxious. Blood pressure dropped a bit; not nearly as much as cutting the grains and carbs. No big effect on blood sugar, despite what the experts say. Big, big change in tooth color. Sparkly white now. Quitting caffeine is one of the better things I've done in a long time. I'd highly recommend it. There is really no downside, unless you like the jacked up feeling.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on October 27, 2010
at 10:48 PM

Sigh, I DO like the jacked up feeling. I think caffeine is bad for your adrenal glands, though, and philosophically, I don't want to put anything in my body that is bad for it on a daily basis, or that causes withdrawal symptoms. So, someday it will be on the chopping block. Just not yet.

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on October 27, 2010
at 12:49 AM

Coffee consumption has been recommended prior to exercise because it increases fat oxidation, but there is a downside to it that I think more than offsets the benefit - dehydration. The dehydration caused by ingesting coffee immediately before an exercise session is likely to lead to a loss in performance. If coffee is consumed well before exercise (i.e., a few hours), this should not be a problem.

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:10 PM

I found that when I went from 8 cups a day to 2-3 I became a lot calmer and less anxious, and that's continued as I've cut down further to one cup a day at most.

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on May 23, 2011
at 05:59 PM

I'm a boomer that has been both a consumer and a abstinence practitioner of coffee. I feel much better when i don't take the drink. Hence, I'm favoring abstinence.

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:24 PM

I have quit coffee recently too. Lately, I have had an abundance of energy and I stop craving it in the morning. This is such a shift for me because I have had coffee for 25 years. I read somewhere that if you need caffeine for energy than something is wrong.

One of the positive's of not buying coffee is it helps offset the costs of good sources of paleo foods. Sleeping better too.

Dr. Mercola has a short video about Vit. B12. He says the only time he drinks coffee is to help him with jetlag. I have read that vitamin B12 helps food convert to energy and at my age I might not be able to utilize this vitamin very efficiently, but something is working right with my foods, because I am energetic.

I think it is completely healthy to not consume coffee but okay for those that do.

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8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:37 PM

Yeah, congrats for sure. You'll probably feel less tired throughout the day as well. Coffee breath will be a thing of the past. And think of all the money you'll no longer be throwing down the toilet. :-)

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:32 PM

Congratulations! I've never done coffee (don't hit me coffee fans). But I know it has to be addictive, some cannot function without it. I know I was addicted to sugar.

2e841984c55e1f346f6e38f60c1620a6

(540)

on June 12, 2011
at 05:27 PM

OMG is it ever addictive... I am trying to ween myself off of it as I believe it is the cause for my ravenous sugar cravings after the magic has worn off.

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