Is a life caffeine-free really a life well lived? This is the question we’ll be unpacking today and to be quite honest, I’m quite excited to share my findings with y’all. In part 1 of this series, we went over the reasons to consider quitting coffee, but today, we’re throwing it’s addictive substance into the mix.
Now I know it’s easy to think as coffee and caffeine as being one in the same, which in a sense they are because caffeine is a naturally occurring substance in the beans, however the subject of living caffeine free is where the focus will be today.
What does it mean to live caffeine-free?
In the world of dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free, is it really necessary that we add yet another no go to the land of the free form? When I learnt of this style of living, I wondered the same thing.
Not to worry though, as it turns out, that living caffeine-free refers to the lifestyle where you choose to eliminate all sources of caffeine, which isn’t includes, but isn’t limited to coffee, tea, chocolate, and other foods/drinks that contain the substance.
|Foods containing caffeine||Drinks with caffeine|
|Chocolate (milk, white and dark)||Energy drinks|
|Cocoa beans and other cocoa based treated (e.g. choc cookies,||Energy drinks like red bull|
|Tea (I know, right!)|
Benefits of living caffeine-free
While i could go on by comparing and contrasting the benefits of living free of each of these, I decided that its better to focus on caffeine this time around as I touched on the benefits of quitting coffee in an earlier post.
So the claimed benefits of living caffeine free are as follows:
1. Reduced anxiety
As we’ve established, excessive consumption of caffeine is what gives rise to the side efects and experienced, and anxiety happens to be one of them. By eliminating the substance, this may be benefit you experience.
2. Improved skin
The interference of caffeine with your collagen production and synthesis in your skin can often give a premature aged look. Living caffeine-free can potentially slow the rate of this interference, thus giving you a more youthful look.
3. Lower blood pressure
In addition to the other areas that caffeine takes its toll on (sleep, concentration, mood), the nervous system is also one of them and research has shown that it creates a spike.. Though researchers are yet fully understand why this may be, at the MayoClinic, they suggest, based on research, that it may be due to the interference of blood flowing through the arteries.
4. Healthy hormone balance
While a healthy hormone balance is necessary for both males and females, there is additional emphasis on women to maintain a healthy regulation of the balance,
5. Relief from caffeine dependence
As I touched on earlier, caffeine is a substance found in a number of foods and drinks, not coffee alone, and with this being the case this created a dependency of sorts on this stimulant (or to use the scientific term, psychoactive substance) to give us that boost of energy when we need it. this explains why, unintentionally why chocolate, ice cream etc. are our go-to treats. Though we may attriubute this to being down to the sugar craving, what if it is really a caffeine craving?
Of course, when it comes to changing or wanting to form new habits, it’s best to make an informed decision. And given that we’ve already been over the reasons to give up coffee, it’s only right we take it a step further and detail the potential benefits too, right?
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If you’d like to read up on more, evidence-based content, these sources are READILY available:
By the Better Health Gov Australia
By the Medlife blog
The Impact of Coffee on Health. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The livestrong team
By the list
By the NCBI