Are you worried that you’re addicted to caffeine? Worried about the effects that your every-day habit has on your body? Or the toll that it could be taking on your health? I know I was.
Caffeinism, or intoxication due to continual consumption of caffeine, can have a detrimental effect on your overall health and well-being. So, this year, I’ve decided to give up coffee. Because we all need to take charge of the factors we can control. And this is one that I wanted to. I knew I was addicted to caffeine. I knew I needed to change my behaviours today to improve my health for tomorrow.
With a full calendar and a hectic schedule, I didn’t want to lose the sharpness that my daily cup of coffee provided. However, armed with the right tools, it’s entirely possible to quit caffeine and keep the mental alertness and focus. In fact, you can even improve it! So, here it is – here’s how I’m giving up coffee and increasing my focus.
My journey with coffee
I began my journey with coffee in my mid-30’s. It started because I wanted to give up milk, but I’ve never been a fan of black tea. Plus, with my A-Type blood group, tea was on my avoid list. Coffee on the other hand, was not. A weak Long Black hit the spot – and I took to it like a duck out of water.
As time goes on, health focuses change. These days, a priority of mine is to increase my bone density to help prevent osteoporosis. Caffeine is known to decrease your body’s ability to absorb calcium, therefore contributing to bone density loss. And so, drinking coffee had to be out.
Plus, there are many other reasons as to why I wanted to give up coffee.
6 good reasons why I’m giving up coffee
- Continual caffeine consumption is a risk factor for osteoporosis – we’ve covered that one above.
- Caffeine increases blood pressure. In the long term, this can lead to serious health problems including heart disease and stroke.
- Caffeine prolongs the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and can cause insomnia.
- Caffeine (especially when consumed at night) can have a negative effect on the quality of your sleep. As you produce fewer periods of Slow-Wave Sleep (Deep Sleep), your body spends less time within the restorative sleep stage which is necessary for recovery and growth.
- Caffeine can exacerbate the toxic effects of excessive stress. As caffeine elevates your cortisol levels, it can further heighten states of stress and anxiety.
- Caffeine delivers a short-term high in energy and mental focus levels, and is not sustained or continuous.
Good for the body and good for the brain
Caffeine provides a spike in energy levels and alertness, which is important when you lead a busy life. But I no longer wanted this short-lived effect on my energy levels. I wanted something longer-lasting, and that was beneficial to my cognitive performance as well. Something that was good for the body and good for the brain.
Good brain function is an important factor in the quality of life. Poor memory can cause problems. When individuals have trouble remembering information it can often lead to feelings of confusion or frustration.
How I’m improving my memory and focus
Along with eliminating caffeine, I recognised that my memory and focus was another area I also wanted to improve. Our ability to store and retrieve information generally declines with age; however, there are things that you can do that can support your memory.
That’s where Focus can help. Focus is specifically formulated to maintain normal, healthy brain and nerve cells. It promotes mental alertness and can help you perform at your intellectual best. If you have found your mental clarity and cognitive functionality to be lacking, Focus can help you to unlock your true potential.
Focus contains a specialised blend of traditional herbal ingredients and nutrients. It can help you learn and memorise information efficiently while supporting healthy learning and memory function. Plus, it’s suitable for people of all ages. For more information on how Focus can help you, or to get in touch with me about my journey to quit coffee, send me an email or give me a call today – I’d love to hear from you!