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What is a caffeine headache and how can you cure or prevent it?

Today, we’re going to ask the question:

What is a caffeine headache and how can you cure or prevent it?

A caffeine induced headache often begins behind the eyes and then up to the front of the forehead and can get worse in pain levels as time goes on. Indeed, caffeine headaches have been known to trigger migraines.

But, why do caffeine headaches happen?

Caffeine headaches are mainly caused by stopping consuming caffeine.

Essentially, this is the body reacting to caffeine withdrawal.

Most of us are, whether we like it or not, are mildly addicted to caffeine. In many cases, this has few side cases, but for some of us, caffeine can have side effects like tremors, stress and sleep problems.

So, if we even reduced our caffeine intake by even a small amount, for example 100 milligrams, our bodies can soon react to the withdrawal with a mild headache.

If caffeine is cut out altogether, the effects can be far worse with really strong headaches if you stop consuming caffeine quickly rather than gradually reducing your caffeine consumption.

So, how do you help cure or prevent caffeine headaches?

In the situation when you stop consuming caffeine rapidly and you have a strong caffeine headache, you have 3 options:

1)      Consume more caffeine to stop the headaches and continue your caffeine habit. If you consume caffeine again, the headache should lesson quite rapidly.

2)     Take painkillers and wait for the caffeine headache to finish. This will happen over time as the body reacts to the withdrawal and stabilises. In this situation, the best painkillers for caffeine headaches are ibuprofen and aspirin. You should feel clear of caffeine withdrawal’s effects over the following week. Drink plenty of water.

3)     Consume more caffeine to stop the headaches, then cut out caffeine more gradually. In our opinion, this is the most sensible option. Decaffeinated coffee can be a useful way of both detoxing from caffeine and gradually reducing your dependence on regular coffee.

You can do this by either drinking “Half Caff” coffee – 50% caffeine and 50% decaffeinated coffee blend – or you can combine drinking caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated coffee drinks during the day to gently wean yourself off caffeine.

Here at, we recommend the Swiss Water Process of decaffeination, which uses water (no chemicals) to decaffeinate the coffee beans and is 99.9% caffeine free.

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IMPORTANT: This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Nothing in the content or products should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.

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