Whether it’s your 5-dollar cup of motivation or from the pot in the office, coffee is the number one go-to for getting your day started. According to Drive Research, about 75% of Americans drink coffee every day, and half of the surveyed participants drink three to five cups daily. Unfortunately, too much coffee may have negative effects on your health. There’s no good way to say it, too much coffee can be bad but reducing your coffee intake can cause caffeine withdrawal. So while coffee seems to make the world go around if you begin to experience headaches, fatigue and/or irritability after trying to cut back from your daily dose of 5 cups a day, these are all symptoms of caffeine withdrawal that you may experience.
To some, this may be fortunate news, and to others, this is worse than a headache, researchers from the University of Sydney have found that drinking a high-quality cup of decaffeinated coffee can temporarily reduce withdrawal symptoms. The study showed that for the decaf coffee to work properly in fighting caffeine withdrawal symptoms it needs to taste like a regular cup of joe to have the impact. So many people associate the benefits of their cup of motivation with the smell and taste, those in the study weren’t aware of the switch to decaf. Therefore, a good quality cup of decaf can do the job!
As much as we rely on coffee there are also other health risks that are associated with too much coffee consumption, such as anxiety, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and difficulty sleeping. Switching to decaf can be beneficial to your health. To all of the adamant coffee enthusiasts, this sounds like a death sentence.