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How many people have given up caffeine, how long and how do you feel?

I quit caffeine 2 months ago today.. I feel nothing less than FABULOUS!
Anyone else out there want to share in the success story? How many people have given up caffeine, for how long and how do you feel?

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    Oct 10 2013: Last year I did a caffeine detox and it wasn’t pretty for me nor the people I live with and it seems like the more caffeine a person consumes, the greater the intensity and duration of the withdrawal.

    We decided to put together a list of the most common caffeine withdrawal symptoms so when you’re experiencing them, you’ll be comforted to know that you aren’t really dying but just detoxing from the caffeine.

    Also, for those who aren’t normally caffeine drinkers, these symptoms can be noticed after quitting caffeine even if it was only consumed for a few days in a row.

    Top 10 Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
    Headache
    A caffeine headache usually starts behind the eyes and then moves up the front of the head.
    Sleepiness
    This just isn’t your normal tiredness, this is sitting up straight but still can’t keep your eyes open tiredness.
    Irritability
    Everyone and everything gets on your last nerve. It’s best just to lock yourself in your room during this stage.
    Lethargy
    Forget about productivity at this stage because you’ll be unmotivated to do anything.
    Constipation
    Caffeine stimulates the bowel, so without its daily does the colon gets a little cranky too.
    Depression
    Caffeine withdrawal can take away all hope for living. Temporary blues are one thing, but if you already struggle with depression this could be a big issue.
    Muscle Pain/Stiffness
    If you normally have some caffeine prior to exercise then during caffeine withdrawal you could feel as though your muscles have weights strapped to them.
    Lack of Concentration
    Forget school, studying, brain surgery, or jet engine repair during this stage of withdrawal.
    Flu-like symptoms
    Stuffy nose, blocked sinuses and even vomiting have been reported by people withdrawing from caffeine.
    Insomnia
    Some people are strange and actually can’t sleep when going through caffeine withdrawal.
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      Oct 10 2013: So are you still caffeine free?
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        Oct 10 2013: Giving up caffeine isn’t easy and the withdrawal symptoms aren’t pretty, but unless you’re giving up caffeine for medical reasons why would you ever want to?

        Caffeine withdrawal isn’t a laughing matter and it, for sure, is a very unpleasant experience. Luckily these symptoms only last a few days to a week so there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

        However, even after the withdrawal period is over, I personally still never feel quite as good as I do when I’m drinking caffeine all of the time. This is most likely due to the changes that occur with the dopamine receptors in the brain because of caffeine. I guess mine might be forever altered.
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          Oct 11 2013: Thanks for the reply Shubham.

          The fact that the body undergoes caffeine withdrawal is indicative of something.....and I don't think it is good.

          That is why, although I have been kidding around, I am all too well aware of the adulteration of foods in the world. We just don't know what is used inside certain food items, and if it is done purposely to get us to like it and depend on it.

          I am of the same mindset as Mari.....once I stop consuming caffeine, I would not opt for decaffeinated. I would simply drink natural beverages........water, milk, fresh juices.....etc
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        Oct 11 2013: I love this list.. It is right on! I am still detoxing.. today ..example.. feel like I have a bug.. etc.. but as the day went.. I worked out... (THE BEST HELP EVER FOR DETOXING).. ate a healthy dinner and I am back to my normal self and energy.. Out with the old(caffeine) in with the new (an amazing feeling of energy and calm!)

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