The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

Break your addiction to caffeinated beverages with this plan.

The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

By Toni Gasparis

Coffee, soda, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages are a staple in many of our lives to help keep us awake throughout the day. But too much caffeine is not good for our bodies! If you've developed an addiction to caffeine use this detox plan from nutritionist Maya Feller to detox your dependency in just one week. Feller promises that this plan will help you avoid the side-effects of withdrawal, like headaches, and will improve your mental clarity, sleep quality, and energy levels.


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Stop Drinking Before Bed

All caffeine consumption should stop eight hours before your bed time. That means, if you usually go to sleep around 10 p.m. you should stop drinking coffee or soda by 2 p.m. Caffeine stays in the body for 14 hours so if you have a dose in the early afternoon it should keep you alert and energized throughout the rest of the day. Consuming caffeine too close to bedtime can disturb your sleep cycle and result in poor sleep quality.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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