I Gave Up Caffeine For Health Reasons — Here's How I've Adapted Almost a Year Later

3/6/2020 12:25:00 AM

Check out how one editor with a bladder condition is living without caffeine.

Check out how one editor with a bladder condition is living without caffeine.

I cut out caffeine from my diet due to a bladder condition called 'interstitial cystitis.' Here's how I've learned to manage my caffeine-free life.

have not found exactly what causes it yetSince my symptoms weren't debilitating like they can be for some women, my doctor explained that the first course of action would be to cut out triggering foods and drinks from my diet. Note: there are people who can control their IC by diet alone and others have persistent and severe symptoms that requirer prescription drugs, therapy, or surgery. It's different for everyone, but generally speaking, triggers include

. This stimulates the bladder, which is already tender,"and it's just like having a sore back or a sore arm or a sore neck: the more you have to work it, the more symptoms you're going to have."I experienced withdrawal). But, here's what I've done so far to help me maintain a decent amount of energy throughout the day.

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Desert Harvest , described IC as an abnormality in the lining of the bladder meant to protect the muscle nerves from toxins.I WON'T STOP FIGHTING @Jeopardy Alex Trebek says he almost gave up on life during his battle with cancer, but he's glad he didn't and is celebrating a huge milestone.FR E! Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience..

"The bladder is designed to be a reservoir to hold waste. That protective layer is defective in women who have IC, which allows that waste product to get into the muscle nerves of the bladder wall," he said. The one-year survival rate for stage 4 pancreatic cancer is only 18%, but Alex just crossed the 1-year mark!!! He says he's had good days and bad days and joked that he tells friends the cancer won't kill him but the chemo probably will. There's no known cure, and doctors have not found exactly what causes it yet , though Dr. Would you like to view this in our UK edition? E! Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience. Jarnagin said that there is some precondition of getting IC as well as a trigger that damages the bladder and sets it off. Most ominous ."That trigger can be anything," he noted.

"It can be having a vaginal delivery, it can be having a surgical procedure, it can be having a car accident, it can be having a UTI.. Möchtest du ihn in der deutschen Version anschauen? E! Is Everywhere This content is available customized for our international audience." There's also no test for IC specifically; it's diagnosed by exclusion once you eliminate other potential conditions. ADVERTISEMENT Since my symptoms weren't debilitating like they can be for some women, my doctor explained that the first course of action would be to cut out triggering foods and drinks from my diet." Scary words, but he says he realized giving up on life would be a betrayal to his wife, God and other cancer patients. Note: there are people who can control their IC by diet alone and others have persistent and severe symptoms that requirer prescription drugs, therapy, or surgery. Would you like to view this in our French edition? E! está en todos lados Nuestro contenido está disponible y personalizado para nuestra audiencia internacional. It's different for everyone, but generally speaking, triggers include , anything spicy, and caffeine..

For me, the game plan focused on ridding my diet of OJ and other citrus (I had a clementine around Thanksgiving time and regretted it the next morning), most carbonated drinks and alcohol, and, tragically, coffee. Caffeine can cause flare-ups in symptoms because it's a diuretic, Dr. Trebek is in the midst of the fight of his life, battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. ¿Te gustaría verlo en la edición en español? E! está en todos lados Nuestro contenido está disponible y personalizado para nuestra audiencia internacional. Jarnagin said, . This stimulates the bladder, which is already tender,"and it's just like having a sore back or a sore arm or a sore neck: the more you have to work it, the more symptoms you're going to have." How I've Gotten Through Almost a Year Without Caffeine As someone who lived off copious cups of coffee and Starbucks Doubleshot Espressos in college and relied heavily on my morning (and afternoon) fix to get me through workdays, I was devastated to find out I needed to say goodbye to caffeine.

I experienced withdrawal and had headaches for the better part of two weeks. There are ways, though, that I've learned to live a caffeine-free life. Plus, the even better news is that my bladder pain felt noticeably better once I made this change and cut out other drinks like OJ. (My IC symptoms as of right now are under control!) I'll start out by acknowledging that I can 100% make improvements (one of those being learning to ). But, here's what I've done so far to help me maintain a decent amount of energy throughout the day.

I make sure to eat breakfast. I used to rely on coffee to help me feel awake in the morning, but I now try to eat a full-enough breakfast to give me energy when I start my workday. I've always been a breakfast person; I'm just more cognizant of it now. After that, I try to eat smaller meals at work more frequently. To keep my energy levels up, I make sure I'm eating smaller meals that have .

I maintain a normal exercise routine. I typically work out four days a week. On top of that, exercise is recommended for IC patients to and pelvic floor (low-impact is recommended for those who experience flareups from higher-impact exercise). I stay hydrated. I'll be the first to admit that I need to get better at this, but I've really been trying to drink more water.

This especially helps with IC because, as Dr. Jarnagin explained, it dilutes the waste that sits in the bladder and flushes it out. Decaf, decaf, decaf. .