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Coffee: To Quit or Not to Quit

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Why Not Quit?
Even without the support of highly publicized, conclusive studies, experienced medical practitioners, especially those who take a holistic approach, know that there are many medical problems and symptoms that may be aggravated by caffeine and that a trial period of several weeks without the stuff might well be warranted to see if symptoms subside. Hypertension, irregularities in heart rhythm, sleep disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraine and tension headaches might abate if people reduced or even eliminated their coffee intake. Even people with chronic musculosketetal pain syndrome in the form of head-aches, low back pain, joint pain, and so forth paradoxically often find relief when they avoid caffeine, which is sometimes used in pain medications prescribed for those very symptoms.

Another reason for eliminating caffeine is that doing so will reduce our stress and toll it takes on our lives. We all know that adrenaline is one of the key hormones responsible for the body’s stress response. Caffeine is essentially an adrenaline equivalent it acts in the body to block the enzyme responsible for deactivating adrenaline’s effects, thus accentuating and prolonging the action of circulating adrenaline. Avoiding coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine is a biochemical means of reducing your internal stress level.

For those interested in yoga, there is another reason to find substitutes for dietary stimulants the challenge of tapping into the vast energies that lie within rather than depending on a drug. Overcoming periodic dips in energy through exercise, relaxation, postures, breathing practices, and meditation will revitalize and replenish the body. Caffeine only depletes the body further by masking the symptoms of fatigue and thereby sustaining a pace that the body and mind are protesting against. Lack of energy is a signal that rest and revitalization are needed, not a weakness to be overridden by chemical stimulants.

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Megan, selected from Yoga+ Magazine

Yoga International is an award-winning, independent magazine that contemplates the deeper dimensions of spiritual life--exploring the power of yoga practice and philosophy to not only transform our bodies and minds, but inspire meaningful engagement in our society, environment, and the global community.

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4:13AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I'm not overkeen on coffee actually, I find it too bitter and I can only have very weak coffee so I usually stick to tea! I kind of want to like it though since a lot of other people do but I'm not into it.

3:56AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I like coffee one cup a day or week it's no problem.

1:40PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

i drink it so infrequently that it probably doesn't effect me much

1:52AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:06PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Ah heck, no point in giving up now.

8:10AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Great read,thanks. Everything in moderation...1-2 cups of coffee is okay.

1:17AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Interesting and useful info, thanks!

8:24AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Useful information.

8:13PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks

4:27PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

I love my cup of coffee when I get up and I doubt anything will change that, thanks for posting.

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