Cut Down on Caffeine

    • If you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, you could be hooked on the most widely used drug in the world: caffeine.


    • Caffeine takes effect in about thirty minutes and lasts from two to eight hours. It stimulates alertness chemicals in the brain, and that perks you up. But it also raises insulin levels, and that brings you down. Irritability, nervousness, insomnia and increased blood pressure can all result from 300 milligrams of caffeine — about the amount contained in three 150 ml cups of coffee or six cans of soda (cola). Energy drinks contain as much or more caffeine as most coffee.


    • Here are some suggestions for healthier alternatives that should keep the cravings at bay.


    • If you absolutely must have coffee, and because it is highly addictive, many people are unprepared for how difficult it is to go ‘cold turkey’. So if you find you struggle to get through the day without at least one cup, don’t despair: you can still enjoy coffee sensibly in moderation.


    • One good habit is drinking one similarly-sized glass of water for each mug you consume, as this will help to cancel out the dehydrating effects of the caffeine. This is a particularly good idea if you suffer from stomach cramps or headaches when you over-do the coffee.


    • It’s also advisable to avoid drinking any caffeinated beverages after the middle of your day, as these will continue to have an effect into the evening, possibly disrupting your sleep.


  • Decaffeinated coffee is often frowned upon by those who really know their beans, but some varieties can be quite convincing. Chicory tastes similar to coffee, has the same taste and aroma of hot coffee but there’s no caffeine at all.


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