Caffeine withdrawal advice (was Re: Is Medicine Healthy? addiction
Fri, 9 Apr 1999 11:33:34 EDT

In a message dated 99-04-09 05:14:34 EDT, (KPJ) writes:

> A relatively short time
> ago I read about the caffeine withdrawal symptoms and I decided to try
> to experience and recognize them. I therefore ended caffeine consumption,
> and experienced two weeks of horror and misery. After these two weeks the
> mental iron curtain rised. I note much lower stress levels, and generally
> an increased intellectual and memory functionality. Much less information
> overload now.

> I suggest others try the caffeine fast, to see if they can confirm the data.

Caffeine is a diuretic and leaves you dehydrated. Part of the withdrawal from caffeine (not all) comes just from the symptoms of dehydration. So if you go on a caffeine fast, drinks lots and lots of water.

I don't notice any advantage to being off caffeine in general except that when I'm drinking caffeine regularly I have to make sure I'm getting the right dose -too much or too little causes trouble. Off caffeine, the dosage is easy (= 0)

(Just to tweak the hunters of the Great White Nootropic, caffeine is one of the
best nootropics known. :-)