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End Your Addiction to Caffeine With These Tips

By Genevieve Cunningham

Caffeine is a lifesaver. Do you ever feel like this? Like you'd be practically sleepwalking through life if you didn't have access to caffeine? Unfortunately, most people are heavily dependent on this stimulant -- especially first thing in the morning. We need it to wake up, get moving, and be productive. Of course, addictions aren't good for us, and if we can find a way to function without them, we'll be much better off. If you would like to get serious about your health, beat the caffeine addiction, but still have energy, take a look at these tips to try today.

Back Off Slowly

Believe it or not, you don't have to just cut yourself off from all caffeine right away. You can back off of the addiction slowly. Caffeine isn't great for the body, but it's not so bad that you're endangering your life every time you have a sip of coffee. If you normally drink two cups, cut back to one for a while. If you have caffeine at lunch, consider replacing this first. Take your time and be intentional about cutting back. Over time, your body will become less dependent and the process will become so much easier. 

Focus on Sleep

If you're not getting enough sleep, it doesn't matter how much caffeine you consume, you're still going to be tired. If you focus on good sleep -- with a regular bedtime routine, comfortable environment, and other healthy habits -- you'll decrease the need for caffeine. And this can make the process of quitting easier. Start with sleep and you'll enjoy far more benefits than just less need for caffeine. 

Increase Water Consumption

Water might not sound like a big energy booster, but it can do much more than you think. The body needs and craves water. When we're probably hydrated, everything in the body works more efficiently and we're often left feeling more energized. Consider following your morning cup of coffee with water. Consider setting big goals to make sure you're consuming enough. As your body finally gets the water it needs, you may find less need for caffeine and more natural energy at your disposal. 

Caffeine is certainly not the worst habit out there. But is it healthy? Not really. Even if we don't give it up completely, it might be a good idea to cut back. Use these tips to manage, cut back, or quit caffeine altogether so that you can gain back your energy and healthy and feel better every day. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, Calif.

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