Does Being Caffeine-Free Lead to Better Productivity?

Getting through the work day on high power is a work habit that’s more common than not. From the espresso concoction from Starbucks to the green tea from the organic coffeehouse, there are plenty of ways to get the daily buzz. Today’s newest caffeine-infused products even include gum, chocolate, and caffeinated water. But could caffeine be getting in the way of your natural productivity?

Caffeine has long been used as a central nervous stimulant to provide mental focus, increased energy, and a convenient rush when you need it. However, many people are touting the benefits of a caffeine-free lifestyle, claiming that caffeine is counter-productive to thinking clearly, making us anxious, jittery, and contributing to our stress levels. But are we ready to forego that cup of java each day?

According to health researchers and physicians, caffeine is a major contributor of many health conditions and disease such as:

  • Severe stress
  • Mood disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Indigestion and upset stomachs
  • Acid reflux and GERD
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Interstitial Cystisis

An increased heart rate and high blood pressure can also lead to increased stress; if you’re already experiencing a significant amount of stress in your life, caffeine might worsen the problem. Extreme anxiety can also be counter-productive; think about how difficult it is to focus if you’re constantly in fight-or-flight mode. Excessive caffeine also interferes with sleep and natural resting patterns. Sleep problems and mood disturbances can take a toll on your daily productivity, making it difficult to focus and even get up in the morning. Without a healthy sleep schedule, you can become irritable, anxious, and find it difficult to concentrate.

The coffee buzz that keeps you running on all eight cylinders may be great for your to-do list, but chances are it’s taking its toll on your health. Reducing the amount of caffeine in your diet might just offer some valuable benefits for both your brain and your body.

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6 Responses to Does Being Caffeine-Free Lead to Better Productivity?

  1. MK September 22, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    Tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks and chocolate share the same nerve toxin (stimulant), caffeine. Caffeine, which is readily released into the blood, triggers a powerful immune response that helps the body to counteract and eliminate this irritant. The toxic irritant stimulates the adrenal glands, and to some extent, the body

  2. Tom September 24, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Tea, however, is GOOD for you. It contains antioxidants that help fight certain toxins in your body, especially green tea. There are even some health benefits in coffee. I wouldn’t quit drinking either of these — just drink in moderation.

  3. WalterL September 29, 2007 at 7:47 am #

    I find green tea irritating to me, because it also contains caffeine but releases it more slowly than coffee. The same goes for black tea. I prefer red tea (rooibos). You could drink it in the morning and in the evening in any amounts. It doesn’t stimulate and is caffeine-free.

  4. bee July 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I’ve been caffeine free for 3 years and am definitely more focussed, more productive and less anxious. When I was drinking coffee or tea-or anything with caffeine in it- I was anxious, jittery and tired. I even developed obsessive compulsive disorder which I was treated for with other drugs. I wish I’d known what the cause was! It wasnt until I had a caffeine overdose (only 3-4 glasses of coke and a cup of tea), felt like I was dying, nearly convulsed and went to the doctor who diagnosed sensitivity that I quit for good.

    On the OCD note, caffeine is known to cause the symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disoder, OCD and psychosis in many people. The drug companies must be loving the fact that they can market antidepressants, sleep aids etc. to people who would not need these products if they cut out a legal yet powerful drug- caffeine.

  5. Maddy January 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    where the hell and in which research did u find that caffeine harms the body…to be specific no research till date has proved that controlled intake (upto 500mg per day) of caffeine has any side effects…so stop fooling around the people by this rubbish arctile..and if you think wat u have written i correct please refer the arcticle or explain the science behind it…

    excessive intake of any damn thing in the world would of course lead to side effect…


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