The Effects of Caffeine

Because of its stimulation to the Central Nervous System, long term caffeine consumption has been associated with muscle tension and nerve irritation in four areas of the body.These areas or hot spots are:

The base of the skull

The neck and shoulder blades

A band above and between the eyes (across the forehead)

The lower back

The following problems have therefore been associated with daily caffeine consumption:

Headaches, including migraines

Heavy heads and brainfog

A feeling your neck cannot support your head

An ache in the neck and in between the shoulder blades

A band of pain above the eyes

Heavy & achy legs

Restless leg syndrome

Chronic lower back pain

Other well documented effects of caffeine include:

Cyst  formation, particulary benign fibrocystic breast lumps

Insomnia, or inability to sleep well, plus nocturia (night urination)

Bloating and fluid retention

Chronic fatigue due to caffeine adverse effect on iron absorption

Nervousness, agitation and irritability due to caffeine effect on the Central Nervous System

Female infertility (Lancet Medical Journal 2: 1988)

Sinus congestion and pain

As you have been advised, when caffeine is eliminated from the diet certain withdrawal effects are very common, irrespective of how much caffeine is consumed or how weak the beverages.

These withdrawal effects are:

Headaches, sometimes severe. Vomiting, mainly bile, occasionally accompanies the headache especially in females who have consumed 5 or more cups of tea or coffee daily for 10 years or more.

A heavy head

Nausea

Achy legs

Extreme fatigue and lethargy “ lasting up to 1 week. This is because the blood sugar level is no longer artificially elevated by the caffeine stimulant.

Virus  like symptoms including muscle aches, etc.

Weight loss quite rapid in some people.

NOTE: It is important to understand that the above withdrawal symptoms are only temporary, for a few days at most, and that is possible by resting and eating very lightly you enable your body to eliminate chemical irritants more rapidly.

Only medicate withdrawal symptoms if absolutely necessary, as this adds to the toxic load of the body.

SOURCES OF CAFFEINE

Mainly tea & coffee, chocolate and chocolate type drinks, cola drinks and some over the counter medications.

WHAT SHOULD I DRINK?

Herbal teas

Substitute coffees like Caro, Ecco, Bambu, Natures Cuppa

Warm water with freshly squeezed lemon

Mineral water (plain) soda water

Freshly squeezed juices (dilute one-third with water)

NOTE: Only drink when thirsty and so as not to dilute the acid enzymes in the stomach. Try to wait 45 minutes after a meal before drinking. This helps eliminate bloating. If drinking before a meal, make it 20 minutes.

LAST WORD

Some people eliminate caffeine from the diet without any unpleasant withdrawal effects, but they are the minority. The improvements in symptoms and general health is well worth the temporary discomfort.

If any advice or reassurance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic.

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