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 to 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 of 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 increase 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, then you already know the answer. The real question becomes, how am I going to quit without failing my day-to-day responsibilities?!wean caffeine

If that’s the case, then consider a product we endorse called Wean Caffeine to help you detox without withdrawal symptoms.

Wean Caffeine allows you to gradually cut down on caffeine systematically so that you can take back control of your natural energy levels while not losing control of your life.

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  • The decaffeinator

    The international regulation for decaf is 97% (99.9% in the superior EU), you’ll get more caffeine from a cup of tea or a block of chocolate.

  • Momma D

    going cold turkey from caffeine is tough on the body; like headaches & haziness. if you need to be sharp while at work this may allow for a mistake on the job. my suggestion is to switch to 1/2 ( mixing caffeinated grounds with decaf grounds) mixture for one week then go to decaf for one week then go cold turkey

  • Yibyabjibjab

    another old thread…still, I have to add my 2 cents: green tea substitute works wonders for me, when I have quit in the past.
    great article.
    I drink at least 2 pots of STRONG coffee a day- so I am very prone to bad headaches when I do not drink at the normal time- like if I sleep in, I wake up with a headache. Substituting green tea at my normal time seems to keep these at bay and give me some focus. Unfortunately I always go back to the coffee… 🙁

  • Yibyabjibjab

    Also, I wonder if coffee ages us? It’s dehydrating so in theory it would. Alcohol is the same, so I wonder if there are studies done on coffee proving this?

  • Alexis

    Many of these are false. As in, not supported by science. For instance, consuming a small amount of coffee everyday (one cup every morning) is actually good for heart health. I think the moral of the story is, do not take health advice from meme-style lists.

  • Ted

    Actually all of the reasons are based on solid science although some are not referring to coffee but caffeine from other sources like soda or energy drinks.

    We even state in the article that there are health benefits to drinking coffee and we have them well documented on this website.

  • Kiki

    Rwarre do u still have the symptoms?

  • Walter

    Drinking coffee makes me 80% less likely to punch someone out in the morning, so there’s SOME benefits!

  • Guest

    Clean natural foods like coffee beans? Or even eat coffee beans? I’m not sure if you’re trolling to get a hoot or if you’re actually serious, haha!

  • Dennybie

    I Agree with this, i learned to intake caffeine for about 4 years , and i found out the side effect of it to my body, i usually suffer from migraine, lack of sleep, irritable and etc.. which are not common to my behavior. i study the side effect of the caffeine to my body and what is the cause of those behaviors ,when i found out the answer,i decided to eliminate all types of caffeine .. now i am a caffeine free, i can say, those these things that i had suffered before i never suffer now….

  • Master York

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophylline As a precursor to caffeine it could be infered the reduced collagen translates.

  • Matt Jones

    “It’s official: Americans should drink more coffee”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/21/its-official-americans-should-drink-more-coffee/?tid=pm_business_pop
    This new study seems like a necessary footnote to this article.

  • Matt Jones

    If you brew your own coffee at home, add only a little bit of sugar and milk, and drink coffee in moderation, almost all of these 20 points are rendered “Not Applicable”.

  • CKA5

    addict much?

  • Rich

    I drink 4-6 cups of black coffee a day and find absolutely nothing wrong with it, and I don’t plan on stopping

  • thisguy

    i feel alot better after quitting, mainly because of my anxiety issues. I also noticed that I have alot more energy now, compared to having those insane bursts of energy from coffee, then feeling like bricks were tied to my feet from crashing.

  • anon.

    I think quitting caffeine is great for some people. For me, however – I need it. I’m naturally a low-key person, almost completely asocial, and a pessimist. When I drink coffee, just one strong cup or two, all that changes, and I can function on a more or less normal level. The only time I’m optimistic about life is when I’ve had coffee. I’ve tried getting off of it, too, and I definitely “return to normal” after a while, but for me “normal” isn’t a place I want to be.

    The key for me is moderation, though: I never have more than 2 or 3 cups throughout the entire day. Supposedly maintaining a certain level of caffeine intake daily ends up decreasing the effects of the drug on your system, but I haven’t found this to be the case for me.

    Long story short: I’m willing to spend several hundred dollars a year and risk increased heart rate and blood pressure to not constantly be a depressed, depressing piece of shit. The way some people around where I live feel about their firearms (i.e. “you can take them from my cold, dead hands”) I feel about coffee.

  • blueg

    Many people would be better off without coffee/caffeine. Caffeine is experienced differently by different people. There are genetic variations in people that affect this, as discussed in the caffeine sensitivity article on this site.

    It takes a while to get the full benefits of quitting, contrary to what most internet sources will tell you. Six months is when I started feeling great. If you are quitting and you are only on week 2 or 3, stay with it and be patient – the benefits will grow, and the sluggishness will fade as your body recovers. Get exercise, eat well and consider meditation – all very helpful with the life-after-caffeine renewal process.

    Good luck fellow caffeine quitters!

  • valerie

    never!!

  • aglade

    In addition to the heart health benefit, countless studies have also shown huge, huge benefits for liver health.

    This list seems to assume everyone is drinking a Starbucks Frappuccino every day. Sugar is bad for you, but that doesn’t mean coffee is bad for you because some people drink theirs with sugar. I only drink black coffee that I brew at home in 2 minutes with an Aeropress that uses a small mesh or biodegradable paper filter, so most of these don’t apply to me.

    I had to give up coffee due to pregnancy and I can tell you (7 weeks now) my mood is NOT better. It’s not caffeine craving that makes people irritable, it’s tiredness.

    If these are based on “solid science”, provide the scientific references, please.

Last Modified: November 10, 2017

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