Journalist Jen Glantz completely eliminated caffeine from her diet for two weeks and this changed her life and ensures that she can now sleep well at night easily and no longer feels anxiety, although she confessed that at first it was difficult for her body to assimilate this change.
Glantz used to drink coffee, energy drinks, sodas and caffeinated tea, but when she had to work from home because of the pandemic, she started using more caffeine to stay awake. This caused her trouble resting, she felt anxiety and made her more dependent on caffeine so she decided to stop consuming it.
Insider’s reporter recounts that she replaced morning coffee with three cups of lemon water, at lunch instead of sodas opted for water, in the afternoon a decaffeinated soda and ended her day with a decaffeinated tea. However, Glantz confessed that “the first three days were horrible” because without caffeine her body just wanted to sleep and had headaches, but she didn’t give up and involved herself more into physical activities.
As the days went by, the journalist noticed that she felt less anxiety and could fall asleep more easily and did not despair of taking caffeine again after the two weeks of her experiment.
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Psychologist Sabrina Romanoff explained that caffeine is not only capable of producing an energy explosion, but also has an impact on the nervous system and generates a number of hormonal changes in the body.
“This often leads to elevations in levels of anxiety, edginess, rapid heartbeat, and can even exacerbate precursors to panic attacks. If you are predisposed to experience anxiety, caffeine may exacerbate your symptoms,”she explained.
She added that caffeine can affect the body by preventing the body from absorbing some nutrients, such as calcium, iron and B vitamins, that keep it functioning smoothly.
“Caffeine can also cause brain chemistry dysregulation, just like other dependency-inducing drugs do,” Romanoff said.
At the end of the two weeks of her challenge, Glantz felt like a totally different person and decided to integrate a cup of coffee into her day in the morning just in case she wanted to, but she vowed not to drink energy drinks, sodas and caffeinated tea again.