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Day 303: Hanging in there without caffeine

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Yesterday was Day 303 of my streak. Got a good amount if fitness outside with clear air including a hike with Flash.

To continue my goal to go 48 hours without caffeine, I had no coffee this morning or tea early this afternoon. As expected, I have a headache, but it's not too bad. My sleep has been significantly better since I started cutting down on caffeine.

I read the half-life of caffeine is about 5 hours. This means if you drink caffeine at 9am, then 5 hours later at 2pm 50% of the caffeine will still be in your system and 5 hours after that at 7pm 25% of the caffeine will still be in your system. In other words, while the effects of caffeine are almost immediate, this drug stays in your system for a fairly long time.

There are still many questions about whether or not caffeine is good for you. There can definitely be benefits including increased focus. The biggest problem I've always had with caffeine is the temptation to use caffeine as a crutch/quick fix instead of working on other areas of a healthy lifestyle that will make you less likely to NEED caffeine. Caffeine can then end up masking other health issues or possibly even making them worse.

From what I've read over the weekend, it seems that the more you NEED to have caffeine, the more likely it's not healthy for you and can lead to negative impacts over time. This partly appears to be from putting more of a stress on your body. So, if your body is already stressed either physically or mentally, this is just one more thing to add to the list.

I'm not sure what I'll do ongoing. At a minimum, I'll try to only have caffeine first thing in the morning. And I might cut down from a full cup to a half cup. I'll see how this goes, I might even give it up completely for a while to see the results.

If you drink caffeine, just try hard to stay on top of the other areas of living a healthy lifestyle so you are more likely to enjoy the benefits of caffeine without the negative aspects.

Best wishes for a good start to your week.


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