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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Cut Back Slowly

You cannot successfully quit anything cold turkey and expect to see a positive change. Luckily, nutritionist Maya Feller says a gradual cut back is best. She recommends replacing a 1/4 cup of your coffee with decaf every two days. This means that on days one and two your cup will be 3/4 regular and 1/4 decaf. On days three and four your cup will be 1/2 regular and 1/2 decaf. On days four and five your cup will be 1/4 regular and 3/4 decaf. Then, day five through day seven and onward you will drink all decaf. This process helps you wean yourself off easily. You can also use this method for soda or energy drinks: just replace with seltzer water.

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