Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Drinking Coffee for 30 Days

By Nick Hadji 7 months ago

Your teeth could look whiter

Image Source: revitaliseUnfortunately, drinking coffee doesn’t help dental health and so cutting it out could do you a lot of favours in the long-run. This is because coffee is highly acidic which erodes tooth enamel and will stain your pearly whites. Even 30 days could improve your smile.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

You might get constipated

Image Source: adobestockYou might not expect this one, but caffeine helps everything move through your gut and can also be used as a natural laxative. Once you stop drinking coffee you might noticed you feel more blocked up, but there are other things you can do help like eating lots of fibre.

It might help you save some money

Image Source: prepscholarblogHave you ever added up how much you spend on takeaway coffee each month? It might shock you to find how easy it can be to spend a lot of money on your caffeine addiction each morning, so cutting it out for 30 days could save you a small fortune which you can spend on more important things!

You might experience some painful headaches

Image Source: timesofindiaIf you quit cold turkey, you will most likely experience some painful headaches when you stop drinking coffee. This is because your body isn’t getting the adrenaline and dopamine from the caffeine, and instead you get a rush of adenosine which will result in a headache.

It might help you get a better nights sleep

Image Source: masalaCaffeine is a natural stimulant which keeps you alert and awake...so if you decide to stop drinking coffee for 30 days, you will probably find you start to get a better nights sleep because even if you only have caffeine in the morning it can still disrupt your sleep cycle.

You might find it harder to concentrate

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Once again, caffeine is the thing which will help keep you stimulated boosting your focus and levels of concentration. So if you decide to cut out coffee and reduce your caffeine intake, you might find it harder to concentrate on things throughout the day.

You could lose some weight

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This one might come as a surprise as most people are under the impression that coffee can help subside hunger and lose weight. But what most people don’t realise is takeaway coffee can be full of hidden calories, so cutting them out could help you drop some pounds.

It might make you feel lethargic

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We all need an energy boost to get us through that day, and for most people this comes in the form of coffee to get a caffeine fix. So if you decide to cut out coffee for 30 days, you might feel tired and struggle to get through the day as your body has become reliant on the caffeine.

It might make you more irritable

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We’ve all experienced a time where we couldn’t get our hands on our morning coffee and find ourselves particularly grumpy and irritable…well, you can expect this to happen throughout the 30 days you quit caffeine until your body adjusts to the big change!

It might make you feel more relaxed

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The caffeine in coffee is great for giving you an energy boost, but sometimes it can over-stimulate you and make you feel jittery and unsettled. So if you decide to take the plunge and cut out coffee for 30 days, you might start to feel calmer and more relaxed.

You might actually gain weight

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If you’re someone who drinks endless cups of black coffee throughout the day, you might find that cutting it out will cause you to gain a few pounds because you will be looking for something to replace that craving…which will usually be in the form of sweet or savoury snacks!

It might make you feel nauseous at first

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Nausea is another common caffeine withdrawal symptom people may experience if they stop drinking coffee, as well as fatigue and dizziness. But don’t fear, most people say the nausea passes after a few days so make sure you stick with it to get to the other side!

You could miss out on getting antioxidants

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It turns out coffee is an antioxidant which reduces your risk of life-limiting diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. But don’t fear, if you decide to cut out coffee you can easily replace it with more fruit and vegetables to increase your antioxidant intake.

You might feel more energetic

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If you’re someone who drinks endless cups of coffee throughout the day, you might not realise that you are depriving yourself of water which dehydrates your body and will leave you feeling tired and run-down. So, cutting out coffee might actually increase your energy levels.

You won’t need to go to the toilet so much

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You probably haven’t noticed that you’re going to the toilet more frequently than normal…and that is probably because of how much coffee you’re drinking! Caffeine is a diuretic which means it speeds up your urine production, so cutting it the coffee will reduce your bathroom trips.

It might lower your blood pressure

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Coffee contains a substance which narrows your blood vessels which will raise your blood pressure as it forces your body to work harder to keep blood flowing around your body. Cutting out coffee will put less pressure on your body and help drop your blood pressure.

Your skin could feel healthier

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I’m sure this one will persuade you to quit coffee…caffeine actually slows down the rate which our body makes collagen, the protein which helps keep our skin healthy and supple. So removing coffee may help avoid wrinkles and saggy skin, helping you stay youthful.

It might enable your body to absorb more nutrients

Image Source: huffpostCaffeine can actually stop your body absorbing vitamins and minerals, which reduces the amount of nutrition you are receiving from your diet. So if you decide to cut out coffee, your body will be able to get more from your food and improve your internal health.

You may experience nasty withdrawal symptoms

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Unfortunately caffeine has addictive properties which can result in people becoming dependent on their daily coffee intake. So if you decide to stop drinking coffee for 30 days, you will probably find the first few days are the worst as your body fights the withdrawal symptoms.

It might make you start drinking more water

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Once you cut out your regular cups of coffee throughout the day, you will probably find yourself turning to cups of water to replace them. Keeping your body hydrated has many benefits and so just 30 days without coffee might help you install some healthy habits.

Your hormones might balance out

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Caffeine can impact women’s hormones, including altering oestrogen levels and sometimes making symptoms of the menopause worse. This means that cutting out caffeinated drinks, like coffee, might help even out your hormones and alleviate hormone-related issues.

You might lose your morning energy boost

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If you are reliant on getting your energy boost from your morning coffee each day, cutting it out for 30 days might be a struggle…not only that, but caffeine can help us fight the midday blues and concentrate throughout the day, so this challenge certainly won’t be easy!

It might make you less anxious

Image Source: OffshoreIf you struggle with anxiety, a high caffeine intake may be to blame. Although caffeinated drinks like coffee can increase our energy levels, it can also trigger our ‘fight or flight’ hormones and make us feel anxious...so cutting out coffee might be the answer to your problems.

Your head might feel clearer

Image Source: HealthcareOnce you get through the first few days without your caffeine fix and the withdrawal symptoms finally pass, you will probably find your mind feels clearer than ever. Your brain will adapt to this new level of blood flow without coffee, giving you clarity and focus.

You might have fewer headaches

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Although when you initially cut out coffee you might experience headaches due to the caffeine withdrawal, once this stage has passed you might notice that you get less frequent headaches. That is because research has found that caffeine can cause chronic headaches.

It might make you age better

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As we mentioned earlier, caffeine can disrupt the formation of collagen which keeps our skin healthy. It also promotes hair and nail growth, making it an important protein in our body. So, if you decide to cut out coffee it will probably make you age better.

You’ll save time on your morning commute

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If you live in the city, you will know what a nightmare it can be to endure the queues to get your morning caffeine fix. So one benefit of cutting out coffee will be saving time in the morning and not have to deal with the hustle and bustle of busy coffee shops.

It might make you turn to other forms of caffeine…like sugary drinks

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Coffee isn’t the only caffeinated drink out there, so if you can’t live without your fix there are other options. However, these drinks are usually high in sugar like coca-cola. So if you are considering cutting out coffee, make sure you do your research into other ways you can get that energy boost.

You might become less reliant on your coffee addiction to get through the day

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As we mentioned before, caffeine has addictive properties which can make people become reliant on it. So one benefit of cutting out coffee and reducing your caffeine intake is no longer feeling so dependent on something to get through the day, which is a much healthier habit.

You might start opting for other hot drinks with additional health benefits

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If you are a big coffee drinker you will probably miss out on those hot drinks throughout the day. But don’t fear, there are so many other options you can choose from that will also improve your health. Green tea is a great alternative which can strengthen your immune system.

You Might Feel Some Anxiety

Image Source / Nursing in PracticePeople who don't react very well to caffeine and coffee can end up feeling more anxious, but if you cut out coffee altogether, it could also have this effect as well. Because the body is suddenly without the thing it might have become dependent on (caffeine), you may feel more anxious without it.

You Might Also Have Tremors

Image Source / Cleveland Clinic Health EssentialsYou might think a serious crate of coffee would give you tremors, but it's also possible to experience them during caffeine withdrawal, too. For those who decide to quit coffee cold-turkey after consuming caffeine regularly day after day, this can also lead to tremors most notably in the hands if you're having the 'lack of coffee' shakes.

Seriously Flagging Energy Levels

Image Source / TODAYIt's no surprise that taking away the thing that gave you that energy boost would leave you feeling significantly lacking in the energy department. If you're giving up on caffeine, you'll undoubtedly feel like low energy is your new permanent state - which will make you crave coffee even more!

You Might Notice Your Breasts Are Less Sore

Image Source / www.self.comThere hasn't been any commonly-known links between caffeine in coffee and breast pain, but some women have said that they have a lot less tender breasts when they take coffee out of their routine. So if you do suffer from sore breasts a lot, you might want to see if they're less sore if you quit coffee!

You Might Feel More Calm Without Coffee (Shock, I Know)

Image Source / Law 365While coffee is good for energy levels, it's not exactly a thing that specifically relaxes you. You may feel better when drinking coffee, but it wouldn't exactly fall under the relaxation category. Caffeine is a stimulant which can raise adrenaline, so if you find you're often stressed and worked up, then less caffeine can limit that adrenaline and have you feeling more calm.

Your Brain Chemistry Might Balance Out

Image Source / Grand Canyon UniversityCaffeine has the ability to alter brain chemistry, which is why coffee and other caffeinated drinks are powerful tools in affecting your mood. This brain chemistry can also relate to what could be considered drug dependency - so the chemistry in your brain can undergo withdrawal symptoms from caffeine in the same way you'd get withdrawal from drugs.

You Can Enjoy A Healthier Digestion Process

Image Source / ThoughtCoWe've already mentioned caffeine being a type of laxative (or at least having a laxative effect) so you might find that you have a more comfortable and smoother digestion experience if you lay off the caffeine. This could mean healthier bowel movements and might make it less likely for acidic tendencies like heartburn or acid reflux.

You Might Find You Have More Time In Your General Schedule

Image Source / Everyday HealthIt's amazing how those 'quick coffee breaks' eat into the time of your day. Especially if you drink a lot of the stuff, a huge chunk of your day might be brewing up, waiting in queues or even chatting and getting distracted in the break room because you decided to make another coffee. If you're someone who spends a lot of time finding coffee on-the-go, you might then find you have more time in your schedule when you give up the habit.

You May Feel Like You Have The Flu (Which Sucks)

Image Source / University HospitalsWithdrawal from caffeine dependency may feel a lot like the flu. It could mean jitters and shakes, headaches, trouble sleeping, or alternatively the need to sleep a heck of a lot just to sleep off that lack of energy. It might be best not trying to withdraw from coffee during cold and flu season, just in case! Nobody wants to put up with that.

You'll Amaze Yourself Over How Much Willpower You Actually Have

Image Source / Welldoing.orgIf you've always depended on coffee all day every day, then managing to quit it is a pretty huge deal. Making the decision to withdraw from it is a huge testament to your willpower. It might help you feel more confident in thinking 'I can give up unhealthy drinking or eating habits'.

Grumpy Is Your New Middle Name

Image Source / Disney Wiki - FandomMood swings are highly likely when you're giving up caffeine, if you depended on it before. If you're dealing with other withdrawal stuff, too, then you're bound to have a shorter fuse. It's a good idea to explain to your nearest and dearest that you're giving up coffee and to brace themselves...

You're Going To Be Going Through A Whole Lot Of Coffee Cravings

Image Source / Medical News TodayIt goes without saying that giving up something and knowing you can't have it are going to make the cravings a whole lot worse. So giving up coffee means you can naturally expect to want coffee A LOT - it's the forbidden fruit of your daily routine.

And Your Social Habits Might Make Cravings Worse

Image Source / TripAdvisorIf you're a coffee lover, chances are meeting at coffee shops with friends or having a coffee at their home is part of your routine. Which means it's going to make it even more difficult if you give the stuff up - and your friends don't. You may find your cravings difficult to cope with if your friends still want to meet up at coffee shops.

The Coffee Withdrawal Can Be Just As Bad As A Hangover

Image Source / Medical News TodayThought those awful hangover feelings were only for alcohol? Think again! The experience of giving up caffeine and the icky headaches that come with it can rival even the worst hangovers. So you may feel like you're suffering through one even when you haven't been drinking.

Your Blood Vessels Will Dilate (Which Is What Leads To Those Headaches)

Image Source / The Franklin InstituteWhen caffeine is eliminated, there will be an increased number of receptors in the brain, which is why you'll feel both very tired and have a headache or two leading to the increased dilation in the blood vessels.

Productivity? Never Heard Of Her

Image Source / Inc. MagazineThis one can very much relate to the mental strain of something when you're going without coffee. Suddenly everything seems a lot harder to process and you may feel like getting your brain to work is a struggle. This inevitably means that a lot of tasks are harder to focus on - and might not get done at all.

You Might Get Intense Cravings For Other Stuff

Image Source / Prevention.comThought you'd just get cravings for coffee alone? Think again! You might find that you have super duper cravings for things you normally have in moderation, like sugar, or you may find you have a hankering for things you would never have usually thought of - just to have something to consume and distract you from the lack of coffee...

You May Find It Easier If You Switch To Another Hot Drink

Image Source / Teahouse EmporiumAs a lot of coffee drinkers will tell you, it's not so much about the drink itself, but the routine (or ritual) of it all. It's the trip into the kitchen, the routine of preparing your hot drink first thing in the morning and relaxing with it. So you may find that you switch to another hot drink - like herbal tea - to ensure you still have that ritual, without the coffee. And that's a good idea, too!

Your Bedtime And Waking Time May Be Drastically Altered

Image Source / Greater Good Science CenterThis could be a good or bad thing, depending on what type of person you are! But with lack of caffeine and coffee comes increased tiredness, which will probably mean you find yourself heading to bed a lot earlier. You may also find this means you rise earlier than you usually would.

But It's All Temporary

Image Source / Everyone HealthWhat's important to remember is this is just a withdrawal phase - all of the things on this list aren't going to be your permanent state of existence after giving up coffee. If you can just get past this difficult bit, you'll find that eventually you'll settle into your new routine and feel great!