20 Awesome Benefits of Quitting Caffeine or Coffee

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Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day.

Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, there are some solid benefits of breaking the habit and quitting coffee, energy drinks, tea, soda etc..

1. Break the Addiction

In most people caffeine is an addictive substance to some degree, although some would describe it as highly addictive.

Depending on a substance to function normally or even stay awake, can become a vicious cycle. It changes our brain’s chemistry resulting in the need for more of the substance to achieve the desired results.

Quitting caffeine or coffee breaks the cycle and frees us from needing a daily drug to function normally.

2. Financial Savings

The cost of a caffeine addiction can add up and thousands of dollars a year could be saved if you quit.

Above we have listed the average cost of just one beverage a day, now multiply that by the number you have each day and it quickly adds up.

Two Starbucks Lattes per day would cost $2,665 a year!

3. Lower Blood Pressure

Caffeine can raise your blood pressure a few points and even more in some people.1

Quitting coffee or caffeine can lower your blood pressure and keep your heart from working as hard.
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4. Better Sleep

Caffeine can greatly reduce the amount and quality of sleep.2 Drinking coffee or energy drinks too late in the day can interfere with getting to sleep since the half-life of caffeine is 4-6 hours.

Even people who have no caffeine after 12 noon report a better quality of sleep after quitting caffeine.

5. Better Mood

Caffeine alters the mood. Many report being grumpy until they’ve had their morning coffee and others feel lethargic when the caffeine begins to wear off in the afternoon.

Quitting can even out the ups and downs.

6. Decreased Anxiety

Many people report that caffeine increases their anxiety levels. This has to do with how caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands.3

Quitting coffee or caffeine can make you feel less anxious, especially if you are prone to anxiety issues.

7. Fewer Headaches

Caffeine is a major trigger for headaches. Any alteration in your normal daily caffeine consumption can result in a caffeine withdrawal headache.

Caffeine can also be a migraine trigger.

8. Convenience

  • Imagine never having to stop at Starbucks on the way to work?
  • Imagine never having to stop by the convenience store for a Red Bull?
  • Imagine erasing making coffee from your morning routine?
  • Imagine a backpacking trip without packing caffeine pills or the extra weight of coffee making equipment?

Being addicted to coffee, energy drinks, or soda creates inconvenience in our lives since we need the drug to function.

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9. Fewer Trips to the Bathroom

Caffeinated beverages cause us to urinate more often and in some people even can cause incontinence.

Caffeine also stimulates the smooth muscles of the colon, which cause them to contract.

This can be challenging during meetings, road trips, or when bathrooms aren’t convenient.

Quitting can reduce the need to use the bathroom as often, especially in the mornings.

10. Healthier Teeth

Coffee and tea stain teeth and acidic & sweet energy drinks or sodas erode tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay.

Eliminating these beverages results in whiter and healthier teeth.

11. Weight Loss

Unless you drink your coffee black. Caffeinated beverages generally add empty calories to our diets that we don’t really need.

Many experts say that sugary beverages are a huge component of the obesity epidemic plaguing the western world.4

A study from Victoria University found that when caffeine is in a sugary beverage it causes people to consumed more of that sugary beverage compared to a sugary beverage without caffeine.5

  • Quitting just a one Monster Energy Drink/day habit saves 200 calories per day, 1,400 calories a week, or 73,000 calories a year!
  • Quitting just 1 Starbucks Vanilla Latte/day saves 250 calories per day, 1,750 calories a week, or 91,250 calories a year!
  • Quitting a 16 fl.oz. Coke/day habit saves 239 calories a day, 1,673 calories a week, or 87,235 calories a year!

12. Healthier Diet

Bottled coffees, teas, energy drinks, and sodas often contain an assortment of preservatives designed to give them a longer shelf-life.

These preservatives can have adverse health effects and some are even banned by other countries.

Sugar-free energy drinks and sodas contain artificial sweeteners that also can negatively affect your health.

Cutting these out of your diet can be beneficial to your overall long-term good health.

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13. Cleaner Environment

Caffeine addiction places a tremendous strain on our natural resources. Think of the number of plastic bottles, cans, and cups that have to be produced in order to meet the demand.

Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from garbage. The rest ends up in landfills where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose..” – State of The Planet

Also, caffeine has been showing up in municipal water supplies because of all the discarded coffee grounds.

Quitting caffeine reduces your environmental footprint.

14. Caffeine Will Work Again

Consuming caffeine daily quickly causes the human body to build up tolerance. The same dose of caffeine then causes a person to achieve a sense of normal rather than the euphoric feelings it once did.

Quitting resets your body’s caffeine tolerance, allowing it to work really well on the occasions you really need it to.

15. Possible Drug Interactions

Caffeine can interact with other medications causing them to not work as they should.

Giving up caffeine eliminates this risk.

16. No More Jitters

One of the leading side-effects from caffeine or coffee consumption is jitters or shaky hands. This can range from annoying to even debilitating for some people.

Quitting can give you your steady hands back.

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17. Less Risk of Cardiac Events

Caffeine stimulates the heart muscle causing it to beat with more forceful contractions.

While this isn’t problematic for most people, those with underlying heart conditions can be at risk. People can be unaware that they even have a heart disorder until they begin to consume caffeine and the damage is done.

18. Increased Productivity

What would you do with an extra hour every day? Those addicted to caffeine can easily waste an hour standing in line at the coffee shop, making trips to the break room talking to coworkers along the way, and stopping at convenience stores.

The time saved could be used for an extra hour of sleep instead!

19. Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk

While black coffee actually has been shown to reduce diabetes risk, drinking sugary coffee and caffeinated beverages actually increases your risk of diabetes.

People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes” – Harvard School of Public Health6

20. Better Health

Many research studies point to the health benefits of coffee and tea because of their antioxidant properties. However, this isn’t true for all caffeinated beverages.

Soda, energy drinks, and processed coffee and tea products most likely have a negative impact on your long-term health.

People who drink mainly water report more natural energy, better overall feelings of wellness, better sleep, and healthier skin.

Should You Quit?

If you are a slave to your coffee mug or energy drink, perhaps it’s time to assess just what caffeine is doing for you and whether or not it’s time to quit.

If quitting is the verdict, be sure to follow: Our Guide To Quitting Caffeine Without Painful Withdrawal

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  • JamesF

    Okay, you almost, just almost convinced me to quit. But the enjoyment of my coffee outweighs all those things…

  • Penelope

    Having given up caffeine (completely) three weeks ago I can relate to most of the benefits listed above. I would like to add to #18 Increased Productivity. Productivity is not only increased by the more obvious facts mentioned but for me the fact that my anxiety has vanished I no longer waste time procrastinating about things due to worry. I simply get on with it. In the last three days I have been more productive than what I have been in three years! No joke. I undertook things in the past week that prior to giving up the caffeine was simply too anxious to do. I love being caffeine free.

  • Ted

    Great point! Thanks for sharing and you are so right, anxiety can be very crippling.

  • Penelope

    Thanks Ted. Needless to say it is the caffeine that causes anxiety therefore it is caffeine that is crippling. No more caffeine equals no more anxiety!

  • EEEEEEEEEFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    Decaffeinated Coffee?

  • JamesF

    Decaf just doesn’t taste so good. Also to me, I guess, if you’re going to drink coffee, caffeine is part of the experience.

  • RedBullKid

    I have been drinking at least 2-3 20 oz Red Bulls a week since I was 12. It gave me the energy to weightlift. I get Sugar-Free Red bull, which is 0 grams of sugar and about 25 calories in a a can. I don’t really see a problem

  • Mii

    Almost every one of these are moot with the use of anhydrous caffeine, which is what I’ve been using for years.

  • Death2Trollz

    Removing the water from a molecule won’t cause its health benefit/risk to drastically change so no, anhydrous caffeine does not make these points moot

  • Mii

    Numbers 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, and 20 are all moot with anhydrous caffeine.

    Because most of those pertain to health benefits from ceasing consumption of drinks that contain a lot of sugar or chemicals, which caffeine powder does not have.

    #16 doesn’t apply to anhydrous caffeine at least to me. the purity and absence of chemicals remove jitters from the equation.

    so 9 out of 20 are moot,… not “almost every one” as I previously stated, but still a fair amount indeed.
    Thats not taking into account that #3, 4, 5, 6, and 17 can either be averted with proper use, or just don’t matter much at all.

  • Ghandi

    I’m quitting because Coffee is a Bully! If I don’t drink it I feel foggy, nausea, and like I got run over by a truck. I’m done with you Bully Coffee. Kicking to the curb. We were like Besties for 20 years, but I don’t need your BS anymore. Plus my teeth aren’t that white anymore, and you are always trying to make me look bad. So I say NO to you. This is DAY 3.. so far I have survived. Went cold turkey, day two evening I had to sip a little tea, cos I felt so awful (headache and fever!!), but getting through. Good luck to everybody!

  • Ghandi

    I felt this way for most of 20 years. I was even a barista in college, I had more coffee by 5 AM than most people had all day! But my time has come to be done with coffee for a while. Never say never. But I need to get back to life without the fog, if I don’t drink enough.. I don’t get anxiety like some, but man do I get the fog. I made it through day 3 no coffee.

  • Penelope

    Good on you, Ghandi. Keep up the good work.

  • iambertopaz9

    Best Energy Drink = 14 Hour Energy. Costs about $25.00 for a case of 12 “double 4 ounce shots” – provides 168 hours of energy per case of 12 shots. Same amount of 5-Hour Energy would cost you over $100.00 for 168 hours of energy. Found on eBay at discountwarehousexpress. .15 cents per hour of energy. 5-Hour Energy = .60 cents per hour of energy.

  • Sam

    I knew most of the facts stated above and I have no intention to quit my 5-8 cups of tea and coffee / week.
    I don’t need the caffeine, tea and coffee are luxury foods for me, like a piece of really good (swiss) chocolate or italian ice cream. I can actually take one of those instead of coffee or tea.
    But I have to admit that I can understand people who want to quit because they feel like they drink too much caffeine.

  • Some random adolescent

    I am 12 years old and I used to drink 16oz Starbucks Instant Coffee with 16oz of Tazo Tea in a 24 hour period. I now drink 12oz of variant coffee brands, e.g (Maxwell House, Sam’s Choice, Frogers, et al.) I take one probiotic supplement daily and just got back into detoxing my body with Yogi Organic tea. I drank 6oz of Maxwell with 12oz of Yogi is supposed to energize the body and the mind. The recommendation (of course for adults) is two to four cups a day. I had two bottles of water and also had a conventional amount of food to maintain my body. These beverages are the only variables that had caffeine in it. I recently had gained a tolerance for coffee, and I don’t consume juice, sodas or a lot of GMOs. You get the idea, now moving to something relevant now. I recently had to go to the doctor because my heart rate was 133bpm and I was shaking excessively and was hyperventaling, which I believe the cause for my numbness all around the body. I felt better after my episode and I went home. Now, I have doubt’s whether or not the occurrence was strictly the supposed excessive amount of caffeine, not rejecting the fact that it could be that, but still I want to know if any other things are contributing to this episode. The tea and coffee together is around 150mg, (30 + 30 + 90) and I have never experienced this before. Can you propose a proposition, please?

  • Ted

    There are a lot of genes responsible for processing and metabolizing caffeine (see here: http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-sensitivity)
    The problem is that some of these genes can turn on or turn off as we age. Caffeine could have caused no problems for you a month ago, but now due to changes in your developing body, you now could be hypersensitive to caffeine.

  • Rwarre

    I quit coffee to try and sleep better but the withdrawal symptoms are giving me crazy anxiety and making my sleep worse. It has been about 7 days since consuming any caffeine. How long will this last?

  • BAE85

    Those withdrawal headaches are the worst. Around 7 days seems to be normal, but suspect a day or two longer if you drank a lot.

  • Penelope

    Hi Rwarre, Be patient is all I can say. It varies for each individual but it will eventually dissipate. Just be mindful that your body and brain is readjusting to living without caffeine and it will take time. Try and establish a new routine in the evening to wind down before going to bed. Switch off all your electronic devices which, don’t forget are also stimulants. Have something calming to drink like warm milk (or if lactose intolerant something else that’s healthy that you find mellows you). Read a funny book by a real comedian, that will make you feel better. There are plenty of sites which give advice on how to wind down and how to wake up gently. All the best.

Last Modified: March 31, 2016

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