Join us for the first Wellspring Health Kick Caffeine Challenge!
Recently in the news we have heard about some of the “benefits” of coffee—so is it good or bad? There is a small percentage (less than 5% of the population) of people who can benefit from the consumption of coffee. However, when the positive advice is applied to the population as a whole, 95% of people are receiving bad advice. While coffee has some health benefits, the health risks outweigh them. There are other more healthful ways of getting the same benefits without any of the risks that come with caffeine.
So, why is coffee “bad” for you? It is really the caffeine. We would never drive our car with one foot on the gas and one on the break, constantly battling one another, and that’s essentially what caffeine does to your mind and body. There is also a high risk of addiction because of stimulating the dopamine receptors in your brain.
If someone wants to quit caffeine how, do they begin? There are some basics you should abide by. First of all, definitely don’t quit cold turkey or you risk withdrawals. Taper your caffeine consumption off by making your morning coffee half decaf, 3/4 decaf and then, finally, you’ll be ready to skip it all together! Second, we recommend joining our “Kick Caffeine Challenge,” which is a group we’re hosting on Facebook for the month of February 2010. Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, founder of Wellspring Health, will log on daily to share tips about how to give up caffeine, the health risks associated with caffeine consumption, the health benefits of kicking the habit, caffeine substitutes to help you through long days and she’ll be able to answers questions about your experience along the way.
You have nothing to lose. If you don’t feel better at the end of the month, you’re always able to pick back up where you left off with your caffeine habit, but we know you’ll never look back.