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How to Quit Caffeine or Coffee
13 May 12 - By TheRazzLine Compilation

How to Quit Caffeine or Coffee

Compilation of tips and advice for how to get off caffeine from members of TheRazzLine.






How to Quit Caffeine or Coffee





I've done it! My successful action was to wean myself gradually by adding decaf to regular coffee in increasing amounts (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc.) and staying at each level for about a week. I had no headaches or side effects. I think what worked best was making sure I had good quality coffee so I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything during the weaning off period.

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In my opinion, getting off caffeine (like getting off nicotine) is a 2 step process:

1) Really know that you can make a decision
2) Make the decision to get off caffeine

This is all you really need to do. However, you may want to have a different hot beverage to retain the same enjoyment. If you can keep off the caffeine for at least 5 days, you're out of the woods.

Doing the above has worked for me.

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1. Get a good green tea. It’s an anti-oxidant so it actually makes you feel better. I never drink coffee in the morning. Green tea got me off coffee totally. Buy a tasty green tea with a flavor you like; rich and nutty.

2. Allowing myself one or two really good cups of coffee a week, usually during the early afternoon, so I’m not totally deprived of coffee.

3. Seltzer water with lime alkalinizes the body which helps you feel better. I used an individual cup-sized thermos all summer long and really enjoyed this. Also, try plain water with lime.

4. Try lots of different herbal teas to replace coffee.

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Here’s some advice from an old caffeine junkie. If I have one tea or coffee, in exactly 24 hours I’m craving it like crazy. True caffeine-aholic! When I first stopped, I cold turkey’ed it and passed out for 3 hours, then I was fine, but I was also 27 years old.

Some people get bad, bad headaches when they stop. I never did. Now, if I find I’m back on a bit, I just wean off with chocolate, decaf, and coffee substitutes. However, I’m also doing a nutrition program with Dr. Cindy Clayton. She uses Freddie Ulan’s program, so if you’re really addicted that could help.

One dramatic benefit of being caffeine free is that I wake up instantly in the morning; no jump start needed.

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I did it! I found a book entitled "Caffeine Blues" written by a MD who seems to be very holistic-minded. Here is a link to some info on it:
http://chetday.com/nocaffeine.htm. I applied the data in the book as to why caffeine can be such a difficult drug to quit, why it must be done on a gradient (which is contrary to my style) and followed the regimen in the book.

Basically, it has to be done on a gradient because it is a much more powerful drug than most people recognize. The regimen worked for me and I think the author researched the subject very well. I quit almost a year ago and I have absolutely no desire for any caffeine.

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What doesn't work well is cold turkey. I got an extreme migraine and nausea. What worked is tapering off daily which can take just a week. Take a high dose of B-Complex and a high dose of B-1 as well (not just what is in the capsule). I took 200 mg of B-complex, 1000 mg B-1, and vitamin C in the morning right away with food. At lunch I would take maybe half as much as my morning dose. It's the vitamins that do the trick.

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Try half caffeinated/half decaf and just drink less and less over a week or two. The second time I stopped drinking coffee this is what I did, and it worked like a charm!

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Just like I got off cigarettes, I quit coffee cold turkey. Take vitamins and drink water. I had a headache for a few days and then it was done. I have a cup of decaf every once in a while. I was a coffee and cigs at all times person! As of now I have been off cigs for 13 years and coffee 8 years.

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I went off caffeine for a while when on Feline Butcher's program, except for one decaf in the a.m. I just reduced the coffee intake and drank more water. Start with eight ounces of water in the morning before anything. Drink eight ounces of water when you want caffeine. I tried the fake coffees from the health food store, but they just didn't taste good to me. I was supposed to go totally off but just loved that hot drink with half and half in the morning too much! Then after a while she said that black tea was okay; a better caffeine for the body than coffee. Now I'm mostly a tea drinker.

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What I find is drinking a cup of hot water or hot herbal tea really satisfies the desire for a hot beverage. I still drink one cup of coffee a day, but if I ever crave more than that substituting herbal tea or hot water completely satisfies me.

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I got off caffeine by drinking one cup less each day; sometimes one cup less every other day. It worked. I had been drinking 12 cups a day.

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Cold turkey on the coffee and a bottle of pomegranate and blueberry green tea to sip on as needed.

Green tea is not a diuretic (does not dehydrate) like coffee, nor does it interfere with the insulin system like coffee. Green tea actually enhances it the insulin system and is a strong antioxidant. I don't drink very much caffeine as it is like speed to me.

Yesterday on the news there was recent report that caffeine can kill cancer cells, so maybe drinking it in moderation with a little green tea is ok.

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I was a coffee addict for years but finally got off of it. One myth is that it must or should be done by gradually weaning off coffee. I just quit cold turkey. I went through a little withdrawal, a headache or two but then it was over.

Make sure you don't just bridge over to other caffeine sources, like Coke, Mountain Dew etc. Just get off caffeine, period. The after-effect of coffee dependency is then to be dealt with. My nutritionist did some testing and found my adrenals had been trashed by caffeine. She is giving me supplements to deal with it and my body is returning to normal.

I no longer feel hyper or slightly drugged. I am definitely happier.

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To assist weaning off caffeine, try mega dosages of B-complex vitamins. I recommend Twin Labs Maxi-Life multi capsules (with the red trim label). Enhance with a capsule of niacin and the amino acid called DLPA.

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I am one of the few people that I know who ingests no caffeine whatsoever.

I used to drink at least a pot of coffee a day. I did this for many years. I assume you have already experienced the multitude of negative effects caffeine produces in one's body, thus your desire to get off coffee.

I have been caffeine free for over 5 years now. Over the many years of drinking coffee I was aware of the negative effects it had on me and tried many times to quit.

I evaluated all the times I tried to quit and realized that although I had quit drinking coffee, I was still ingesting caffeine in many different forms. It seemed to act as a restimulator on my desire to drink coffee. I stopped ingesting ALL forms of caffeine. No decaf products (as they contain trace amounts of caffeine), no black tea, no green tea, no white tea, no chocolate, nothing that contained chocolate, etc. I include not smelling products that contain caffeine. I was and continue to be ruthless on this. This tactic worked.

If you experience headaches, all I can say is get lots of sleep and whatever nutrional handlings work for you to alleviate the pain. The other thing I did was to quit on a Friday night so that I could sleep until Monday morning! I was sooo lethargic at first.

I didn't take any kind of supplements to speed up the healing process for the adrenal glands and thus it took several YEARS to get a high energy level back, and even today I don't do well without a full nights sleep. So, I would recommend doing some research on this also, as in my case the adrenals just weren't working anymore.

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In my personal experience, the best thing to do is cut back the dosage about half every day until you give up out of silliness. I've quit many times, and this is the best way I've found to make it without the excruciating headaches. At one point I was drinking 2 full pots of coffee on an overnight shift and it took me about a week to safely come off of it.

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The kidney rejuvenator and the liver rejuvenator at Peter Gillams seemed to keep the headaches from coming this time. I had gone on and off coffee and always got bad headaches for a few days no matter how many vitamins I took. During a headache some crushed B1 (250 mg) and a B complex in a ½ cup of water or juice opened the blood vessels enough to relieve it for a few hours at least.

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When I really wanted to get off of coffee, I bought Swiss process regular and decaf coffee. Instead of using all caffeinated coffee, I used ¼ decaf for about 4 days, then switched to ½ caf,  ½ decaf, and gradually came off the caffeine in order to avoid the withdrawal headache. Once I was not addicted to caffeine I used Cafe Roma, which I believe is made from barley...not sure.

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What worked for me was reducing the amount of caffeine consumed VERY gradually over a three week period. Later, I switched over to green tea which still some caffeine, and then reduced THAT down to where now I only drink herb tea. I was still very tired for a while, even reducing my caffeine intake that slowly. Caffeine is ADDICTIVE and some bodies like mine really react to the absence of it.

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After a few massive headaches, I realized my body was thoroughly addicted to caffeine. I've been a big coffee drinker forever. Realizing that I had to drink the coffee was enough for me to decide "No I don't!" and I just stopped. I researched it and there didn't seem to be any good nutritional cures. I can say that I got a chiropractic adjustment to ease the caffeine withdrawal headache and the symptoms eased enough for me to carry on with my activities.

Make sure you have your nutrition in balance and then quit. Good luck. By the way, I sometimes still drink coffee but not in a solid pattern. I go days without and I've pretty much convinced my body that I am the boss.

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To ease the caffeine withdrawals take 500+ mg of vitamin C per day, and a calcium-magnesium supplement each day.

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For expert information on quitting caffeine read Stephen Cherniske’s book Caffeine Blues, which is available at most of the large bookstores. It has excellent, TRUE information as well as practical methods to use to quit caffeine.

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Drink lots of water and go to a chiropractor who does pressure point testing and carries Standard Process supplements. Taking those supplements, lots of vitamin C (especially Emergen-C), and getting lots of sleep is key! Start with walks at night to build up exercise and expand from there. Follow the nutritional advice of Adele Davis too. No matter what, you have to keep drinking a lot of water, eat WELL and make room for the body needing more catch up sleep.

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When I was pregnant, I cut my caffeine down to nearly nothing by doing it on a gradient.  I went down to one cup of coffee a day, then gradually diluted that with decaf until it was only half a cup or less of regular coffee. I wasn't trying to stop entirely at that time.

The main thing I found I had to avoid was headaches, and weaning yourself off at a gradient handles that. Caffeine is definitely addictive, but doesn't seem to have the same atrocious side effects and withdrawals as other addictive drugs. Headaches were always the worst problem I got from reducing my caffeine intake. This is all in my opinion, and thus is "only anecdotal" information.

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Do it on a gradient by reducing your caffeine intake ½ a cup at a time every few days. If you reduce your caffeine intake too quickly you can have some really heavy withdrawals. Take lots if vitamin B-1 with proper calcium/magnesium, vitamin C and B complex. Also, get your adrenal glands checked. People who need coffee to "get going" usually have weak adrenals. I also take B-5 (only in the morning) for my adrenals and some adrenal supplements.

Energy usually drops when weaning off of caffeine so get extra sleep. Caffeine withdrawal headaches are common and sometimes last for a couple of weeks but they will go away.


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What worked for me was doing it gradually. Years ago when I was drinking 8 cups of coffee a day, I cut back by 1 cup for a few days, then another and so on until I was only drinking 1 cup a day. I eventually made that one cup with half decaf and half regular. I increased that to more decaf over the weeks until I was using only decaf. I then went to weak green tea but I found that to actually have too much caffeine. I seem to be very sensitive to caffeine now so I gradually cut it out completely.

There is also a product called Teecino (sp) that is good but you won't mistake it for coffee! You make it just like ground coffee and you can find it in Whole Foods.

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Quitting caffeine cold-turkey never worked for me and gave me headaches like crazy. What worked was increasing my vitamin B-1 intake from 50 mg to around 200 mg per day while reducing the amount of caffeine gradually. It helps to start substituting coffee for black tea, then green, then non-caffeinated tea. The body likes hot drinks, so the substitute really helps by not taking all the pleasures from the body at once.

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The "need" for smoking or for coffee (and for many other things) actually comes from an acidic condition in the body (versus an alkaline). The handling for it is relatively simple and can be done without withdrawal symptoms. I quit both habits after I started drinking SuperGreens and PrimePH from Inner Light.

Getting the body back into an alkaline balance will make you want to stop drinking coffee or smoking. Thus it does not become an effort to stop but a pleasure. It handles the cravings, not any mental issues connected to it. I still had for a while the "need" to smoke or drink coffee when in a stressful situation.

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I started to drink coffee when I was 15. I drank it a lot and strong. Last year (age 27) I started having troubles with my body as it was too acidic, and coffee was contributing to this condition. I HAD to stop. If the body gets too acidic it develops illnesses. That was my motive.

My husband had to help as an outside source. He was like an angel watching me and motivating me every time I DIDN’T drink coffee. This was an important part! It took me 3-4 months to actually stop drinking coffee. The next 5 months, I drank coffee maybe 1-2 times a month.

When I felt a strong need for coffee, I ordered hot chocolate. I know it sounds funny, but I was able to satisfy my body cravings with that! After withdrawing step by step, I don’t think about getting a cup of coffee anymore. Every time I go with someone for a “coffee” I order hot chocolate, tea or apple juice; something that’s delicious enough to satisfy my body.

Also, I took an incredibly good quality vitamin supplement containing all necessary nutrients for body. When I take this regularly, plus Cal/Mag every night I really don’t think about drinking coffee and my body doesn’t crave it.

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