7 Benefits I Found from Quitting Caffeine that Can Help You Be More Productive | Ep. 138 | Body Podcast
People believe caffeine gives them a boost in energy, productivity, and overall well-being. It does, when…not used on a regular basis.
If you use this drug on a regular basis it becomes less effective and can actually be net negative to your health, productivity and overall well-being.
Listen to this episode to learn to how I detoxed off caffeine, how it went and the seven benefits I found from quitting caffeine that can help you be healthier, more productive, and successful.
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Hello Friends. Welcome to the show. Today we’re taking a turn on the health side of your business owner journey and we’re talking about seven benefits I found from quitting caffeine. Here we go. Welcome to build a business success secrets. The only podcast that provides straight talk for entrepreneurs whether you’re an entrepreneur starting with an idea or growing your business. This show is for you, we’ll teach you how to build a strong mindset, powerful body and profitable business so you can achieve success and here’s your host, Brandon See White,
About four months ago I decided that I was going to detox myself if that’s the right word or d addict myself from caffeine. And the reason is I just wanted to see what would happen and if I would feel better I did over the pandemic probably get a little bit out of control with my caffeine and I drink tea but I was drinking like six cups of tea a day and I started to feel like it was getting a little bit out of control. So I broke the addiction.
I slowly went off of it. I didn’t go cold turkey. I went five cups or baseline where I was which was probably five cups. Then I next week I went four, then I went three, then I went to and then I went one and then I went off of it and I think that taper helped a little bit, I don’t know if it prolonged the agitation that can happen. There’s definitely withdrawal from caffeine that happens, but it wasn’t as terrible as I guess it could be if I had gone called Turkey. So that was my process. And here are the seven benefits that I’ve found from quitting caffeine. Number one, I broke the addiction and there was this cycle and it was just going on and on, it was getting worse because your body builds up a tolerance.
Not only did caffeine, but it builds up tolerance almost anything that you do. And it was killing me in that sense and it was going to just get worse and probably going to six cups and seven cups. So I broke the addiction number two, benefit from quitting caffeine. I had much better sleep. And it makes sense because the half life of caffeine can be anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, that means take 10 hours as an example, you drink caffeine 10 hours later, you still have half of it in your system and then another half. And another happened basically. What happens is is that you’re never without caffeine in your system. If you’re drinking it late into the day, even after lunch, which I was drinking a cup after lunch, I tried not to drink caffeine after 12, but I found myself in this addicting cycle, drinking a cup after lunch to make me feel better, sort of pep up my If uh combination, if you will was a 20 minute siesta after lunch with a cup of tea, I would drink the cup of tea before 20 minutes later, it’s in your blood stream.
I wake up, I was arrested and I felt better and that’s what I was getting in the cycle. I usually sit outside for 20 minutes after lunch to get vitamin d. So I was sleeping and to this day I’m sleeping way better through the night. This was probably one of the biggest benefits so far. Number three. Better mood. Sharper brain. And what I mean by that is is that when I came off the caffeine in the afternoon or I didn’t have caffeine, you can be agitated and that’s because you’re going through withdrawal. And I found that while caffeine has shown to make you more attentive, so to speak. And a lot of writers take it and things like that to help them. I actually found that once I was off of it and done the withdraw that I have been much sharper.
And what I mean by sharper is I just have some clearer and I’m able to focus more. Which makes sense because caffeine can activate the fight or flight in your system. You start breathing in your upper chest instead of breathing from your belly where you should be breathing. And it puts you in this if you will manic state. So I’m just way sharper. Number four, I stay hydrated, much longer caffeine does contribute to dehydration because it makes you go to the bathroom all the time. So that’s why when you drink coffee you find yourself going the bathroom all the time. And while I was drinking the water, I was trying to take in enough water along with drinking the tea and my body was just expelling it. Also by the end of the day I could be wiped out. Not because of just the withdrawal from caffeine that was starting to happen, but because I was dehydrated and now you have this combination effect and then it’s really hard to figure out what actually the problem is. So I’ve been way better hydrated and it made me feel a lot better at the end of the day. I’m not wiped out. Number five, I’ve had less headaches.
Now, I didn’t get a ton of headaches because what was happening with this addiction is that when as soon as I got a headache I drink caffeine and that’s what led to the five cups and was going to lead to the six and seven. So I get a lot less headaches now during the withdrawal, I did have some headaches. But I think because I tapered it wasn’t as bad as it could be. So you certainly could go cold turkey. That’d be pretty brave. But I think if that happened and you’ve been drinking caffeine a long time, you can expect some really bad headaches and I just didn’t want to experience that.
So I’ve had less headaches. I actually can’t remember the last time. I’ve had a headache since I’ve been off caffeine now for probably two months number six, decreased anxiety and or what might be called manic behavior and like I mentioned earlier when you drink caffeine, it’s giving you a heightened sense, that’s why you feel good when you get up. Now. Part of the reason you’re drinking caffeine when you get up and you feel that urge isn’t just because of you want that pep, it’s because you’re actually withdrawing overnight. You’re going your body is going through withdrawal and you wake up in the morning and you’re like, I need that to feel better, what you need. It is to satisfy that addiction that your body says it needs.
But I’ve had really less anxiety. There’s been times when I drink different type of tea and I start to get jittery or my hands even were shaking, which is sort of scary in the sense that when you think about what this drug can do, but I’ve had a lot less. I’ve been much easier going now, I am commenting on all this stuff outside the fact that and I’m trying to separate it from doing exercise because I do ride my bike for regularly and I lift in the gym which also has a great benefit and helps me sleep better than all that. But even with doing that, I have still with the caffeine as significant difference. So I’m just not as jittery and I have the focus and the energy to what I would say is more clear focus when I get up in the morning and sit down and do it a task. I’m not jumping around. And also while I think you should get up regularly from sitting, I’m not getting up every whatever 30 minutes to get another cup of tea.
So I don’t have that sort of manic behavior. And number seven is financial savings actually saved a bunch of money because and time money money and time, but the time equals money. And what I mean by that is a few things. One is I used to go, I love, or I did iced tea from Mcdonald’s and they have a very special filtration system they use for all of their soft drinks, that’s why they’re coke and things like that are good and a long, long, long time ago I got off the diet drinks, but I used to get diet coke from Mcdonald’s which was really good. So I don’t have t, I was using artificial sweetener, which I think he, even though it was natural stevia. E I think taking it in the doses that I was taking it in was probably not healthy. So I don’t have to buy the zing, which I was buying from amazon. I don’t have to buy the T anymore.
And when I’m out and about, I don’t have to spend Really what affects to 10 or 15 minutes going through the drive through line to get the T, which I’m scared to even add up how much time I wasted doing that and then the expense of buying all this. So I’m saving money and to give you, if you’re listening out there and you don’t make your auntie, but you buy it say from Starbucks and you get a Starbucks latte that’s probably costing you about 3 85 a day, Which is $27 a week, which is $1405 a year. If you’re a monster energy drink person, that’s about $3 a day, that’s $21 a week and 1000 and $95 a year. If you do home brewed coffee, which some of you are probably saying, well Brandon, I don’t buy my stuff, I may get at home Awesome. That’s going to cost you about 71 cents a day, which is $5 per week $259. Still a few 100 bucks here we’re talking about.
And if your K cup person, which I know there’s all these environmental issues but about it. But as long as you recycle maybe it’s okay. But that’s about 65 cents a day and that’ll run you 2 37 a year. And if you’re a five hour energy drink person, which I know a lot of business owners like yourself are, That’s $3 a day, $21 a week, $1,095 a year. Now here’s the kicker it is likely that if you are a Starbucks person that you don’t just do one latte, probably do one in the morning, maybe do one big morning. Or even if you don’t do latte, whatever you do some sort of coffee and you go to Starbucks If you do too, I’m not gonna even do the math on 34 because it scares me. But if you do too, that’s like $2800 a year. That is a lot of money. So there’s a huge financial savings. So as a review seven benefits I found from kicking caffeine to the curb is it broke my addiction.
I’ve had better sleep. I’m in a better mood. Sharper brain. I’m hydrated more where it’s easier to stay hydrated. I have less headaches decreased anxiety and or manic behavior I’m calling it. And huge financial savings from not only the money itself, but the time to make the coffee and do all those things. So with that if you’re on the caffeine, I encourage you to give it, do an experiment but stay committed because when I stay, when I mean stay committed is it will be easy to try to break the commitment because you will get headaches, you will have some anxiety but I promise you that it doesn’t last forever. I’ve heard some people say at last two weeks. I haven’t really heard that many people that say three weeks.
Depending maybe if you went cold turkey, it could, but just try to drink one cup less a week and see how you start feeling after you’re off of it. I would Give it a legitimate four weeks and see what happens until the next episode. I’m rooting for your success. Thanks for being generous with your time and joining us for this episode of build a business success secrets. Before we go, let me ask you a quick question, Are you the type of person who wants to get 100% out of your time? Talent and ideas? If so, you’ll love our monthly built a business Success Secrets newsletter. It’s a monthly playbook about the inner game of building a successful business. Recent issues have shown how to avoid losing money on Facebook and Instagram paid ads with this science-backed strategy, how to build a pitch deck to raise money in 13 simple slides three tips.
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