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.

Lendingtree.com has a helpful calculator that shows you exactly how much you’re spending on your beverage of choice.

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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  • Gas Salonic

    I think 2 weeks

  • blindanddumb

    gotta tapper, try tea then tapper that. dont be a hard ass and go cold turkey

  • blindanddumb

    your enjoyment, i would suggest comes from satisfying a need of your body for caffeine that was created by regular consumption of caffeine. any addict of any substance feels the same. to get the most enjoyment from coffee or any drug you need to use it irregularly and not become habituated to it . any drug used in this way is generally safe , including hard drugs . . .except meth . . . never use meth

  • blindanddumb

    the line at the cafe in the morning looks alot like a methadone line

  • BAE85

    I’m currently on day three of my break, last night I had the biggest, fullest and most satisfying sleep for years. I woke up feeling fantastic which I never normally do.

  • Steffi

    I’m on day 11 of being caffeine free. I feel soooo much better.

  • BAE85

    congratulations. 🙂

  • jjmfe

    Yeah, my daughter managed a Starbuck’s in Seattle area, and said that in the morning it was like “addicts lining up on the street for a shot in the arm.” Grumpy, growly bad-tempered addicts waiting for a “fix” and then laughing, smiling, and off to work. I confess that when I do the Caffeine thing I drink a bottle of EE 5-hour Energy, before my feet hit the floor. But when I’m off work for a few days, I begin to sleep better, and longer, deeper, and don’t use the energy drinks. EE 5 Hour is a substitute for making coffee in the morning. I do not frequent coffee stores. Not a bad thing. I usually loose about 5 pounds when I drop my coffee consumption.

  • jewelz

    About 2 weeks, Beginning feb 2012 i tried to give it up i suffered the worst migraines you could ever imagine, on day 11 i gave in to it and had a cup…sod this i thought and tried again at the end of feb, another 2 weeks of intense headaches, but finally kicked it

  • Legolas

    Sugar free drinks are usually given there flavouring through aspartame. Aspartame is actually a toxin at higher temperatures. Just because the numbers on the back of the drink are smaller for sugar, carbs, fats etc.. doesnt mean the drink itself is healthier.

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    Nope I shouldn’t quit, I love caffeine. I can live with the cost, and such because it’s the #1 stimulant for me, It keeps me interested in things I normally wouldn’t be interested in, my ADHD is better managed when my nervous system has constant stimulation. I’ve experimented with caffeine, and while the cost, drawbacks are present, and the withdraws are hell, the benefits are far better. If you drink the sugar free ones, you wont notice as much sleeploss, but yes you can and probably will still lose sleep if you drink it late at night.

    I do this everynight, I am doing it right now as I type this. 10:18pm and I don’t care, because I know I will sleep anyway. I consume caffeine everyday, yes I am dependent, and I love that. I’ve yet to build up a tolerance though, I’ve done these tests on myself too, drinking rockstar energy drinks, every drink gave me the high. So I’m quite content to continue. <3

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    How could you possibly feel better without it? I can’t comprehend this.

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    Rwarre, don’t quit caffeine because this single article tells you to, it has many benefits, more so than cons.

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    What does this “Hypersensitive” mean? How do you feel? I’ve always been sensitive to it. I love it though.

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    I love caffeine 😀

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    Indeed it does, I love it too man.

  • AnonymousBlahBlah

    It still has Caffeine, just a VERY small amount.

  • Steffi

    I feel better, guess it’s just an individual thing. I am more mellow, sleeping more deeply; just prefer being calmer, less intense––

  • Angelo

    13 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee (No. 1 is My Favorite)

    By Kris Gunnars | 444,344 views (entire article is here: http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee/)

    Coffee is actually very healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. Here are the top 13 evidence-based health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies.

    1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter
    2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
    3. The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance
    4. There are Essential Nutrients in Coffee
    5. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    6. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    7. Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s
    8. Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver
    9. Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier
    10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer
    11. Coffee Does Not Cause Heart Disease and May Lower The Risk of Stroke
    12. Coffee May Help You Live Longer

  • Angelo

    I forgot the last one!!!

    13. Coffee is The Biggest Source of Antioxidants in The Western Diet

Last Modified: January 20, 2017

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