Quick health tip: 5 benefits of kicking your coffee habit

October 8, 2014

Want to know the real reason your morning cup of coffee works as a pick-me-up? Because a caffeine-addicted body is cranky and low-energy without it — and that unpleasant state is your new baseline. Simply put, a shot of jolting joe makes you feel like you’re climbing to new heights, but you’re really just climbing back to normal.

Research says that an easy way to boost your day-to-day productivity is to kick your coffee habit. Here are five great benefits:

• better sleep (caffeine has a six hour half-life, which means that the effects of a morning cup linger until bedtime);
• better control of your mood and emotions;
• better cardiac health, including lower blood pressure;
• decreased jitters and anxiety;
• fewer headaches.

And if you can’t kick caffeine completely, avoid drinking coffee after 12 pm; a cup at noon will leave 50% of the caffeine still in your system at 8 pm. Or switch to green tea, which contains a third of the caffeine as coffee.


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