Those who regularly drink caffeinated beverages will experience a host of unpleasant symptoms associated with caffeine withdrawal if they suddenly decide to stop. These symptoms include headaches, lethargy, irritability and moodiness as well as strong cravings for caffeinated drinks. According to the University of Florida, most caffeine headaches are vascular which means that alternating constriction and expansion of the arteries in the brain causes pain and pressure on the arterial nerves. Thankfully, there are several natural remedies and techniques that will help make withdrawing from caffeine a gentle and relatively pain-free experience. If your headaches persist, contact your regular health practitioner.
Reducing your caffeine intake gradually is far more preferable than stopping suddenly. This will allow your body time to get used to the lower quantities without triggering strong cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Devise a schedule to reduce your caffeine intake over a period of one or two weeks before stopping altogether. This will help to reduce the unpleasant symptoms and give you a better chance of giving up caffeine for good.
Drinking plenty of water, fruit juices and other non-caffeinated beverages will help your body to stay hydrated and may help you avoid the headaches. According to “Endocrinology and Metabolism,” drinking extra fluids will improve your overall health and help to flush out the extra toxins from your blood and liver. This will help to speed up the detox process and relieve some of the pain. Many caffeine headaches are the result of the body’s reaction to the release of caffeine stored in the liver and other tissues. The body releases these toxins into the bloodstream whenever you suddenly stop consuming caffeine beverages to try and maintain its usual equilibrium.
Coffee and other caffeinated beverages lower the body’s internal PH level causing several chemical reactions that result in headaches and other unpleasant symptoms. This is known as acidosis and it can lead to a large number of serious health problems. Alkalizing your blood allows your body to create a healthy internal environment where it is better equipped to fight disease and promote better wellbeing. It is possible to change your body’s pH level by consuming mainly alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking lemon juice or apply cider vinegar diluted with water.
According to Dr. Theodore Baroody in “Alkalize or Die,” mixing ½ a tsp of cream of tartar with 8oz of water helps to alkalize the blood and can cure a headache almost instantly. Cream of tartar is a mild acid that has the ability to create an alkaline-forming state in the blood. Dr. Baroody recommends this remedy to treat severe headaches and nausea and also for periods of extreme stress. Although there are no known side effects of drinking cream of tartar, it is advisable to check with your regular doctor beforehand.
Homeopathic Bryonia Alba
The homeopathic remedy Bryonia alba, or Bryonia, may be useful for severe migraines and headaches that are the result of caffeine withdrawal. Those needing Bryonia, will most likely experience headaches that are made much worse by any form of motion. Even moving the eyes can cause extreme pain that is felt throughout the head, neck and occiput. Patients will also exhibit symptoms such as irritability, extreme thirst and will prefer to be alone. Any of these symptoms may indicate that the person is in need of Bryonia to help relieve their headache. Bryonia is available over-the-counter from health food stores.
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“The pH Miracle”; Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young; 200
“Alkalize or Die”; Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; 1991
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