For a great many of us, if not most from usNo morning can really begin before we’ve had at least one cup of coffee. But how much benefit do we actually get from caffeine in terms of energy and how much is just habit? YouTuber Chase Barron conducted a month-long experiment to find out that caffeine was given up completely for 30 days to see what effects it was having on his body. And perhaps the most surprising result of his entire experience was that … well, he felt fine.
“Nothing crazy happened,” he says. “I didn’t have a headache, I wasn̵
However, he admits that one of the reasons he might not have been deprived was because he prepared for the challenge by cutting his caffeine intake a little the previous month, swapping half of his coffee for coffee in the morning, and drinking in the afternoon Herbal tea.
But it wasn’t just about getting coffee out of his diet. He soon discovered that there was caffeine in an ingredient in foods and beverages that he had never noticed before. “If you’re trying to cut out any caffeine, you have to be careful,” he adds. “Caffeine is in a surprising amount of stuff.”
Barron also discovered that his energy levels were more constant than when he was drinking coffee, with fewer ups and downs. “I used to have peaks and valleys full of energy all day, but without the caffeine I feel a lot more stable,” he says. “I don’t ride this roller coaster of ups and downs anymore … I stay in the middle all day and I really like it.”
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Just because he is fine without caffeine doesn’t necessarily mean he will continue to abstain. “I’ve learned that caffeine isn’t absolutely necessary or necessary for my life to last. I just don’t need it. But I still want it. Especially in the form of coffee,” he says. “I miss the taste of coffee, I miss the smell of coffee, I miss the routine, I miss going to coffee shops … There is a huge social ritual around coffee that I just enjoy participating in.”
Rather than giving up caffeine altogether, Barron says he will moderate his intake and have a deeper understanding of his own relationship with the substance: “I don’t need to rely on caffeine to consistently develop energy.”
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