Headache without my Dr. Pepper, what is my body withdrawing from?
Before you say caffeine ~ I'm trying to cut all of the unhealthy junk I drink out of my diet because I know it is reeking havoc on my anemia & other conditions... since I would be a total bear if I cut it all out at once, I'm trying to pace myself.
So, first thing out is the carbonation & possibly some of the high fructose corn syrup... I've switched from my Dr. Pepper & Coke to Brisk Ice Tea & Coffee ~ still getting my caffeine ~ but I have a terrible headache. Is it carbonation withdraw?
It seems like our brains can associate specific activities with pleasure. Take a cigarette smoker for instance who starts using a nicotine patch. They may find that they still need to do something with their mouth, such as chewing gum or sucking on a nicotine-less cigarette, because the activity itself has become associated with the pleasure of nicotine.
I'm just speculating, but what your brain perhaps is missing is the associated elements of drinking Dr Pepper: the taste and the sweet fizzy deliciousness of carbonation. Maybe the sugar as well.
I gave up caffeine a few years ago and it really wasn't as hard as I expected. Didn't seem to get headaches, despite having them previously if I missed a cup or two of coffee. The thing that strikes me with carbonated drinks is I think the caffeine gets into the system quicker 'cos of the bubbles. Maybe your system is adjusting to the speed of delivery. Or maybe you picked a bad week to quit. Good luck with your project.
You might like to read up on the effects of caramel coloring in our foods. This site
could be an interesting starting place.
There are other chemicals in America's "packaged" food, including Dr. Pepper (which used to be my favorite).
Try drinking only water or fresh fruit juice. Stay away from packaged anything.
The chemicals in American products are killing its citizens. In fact, all Western-oriented societies have the highest rates of cancer in the world. Health is affected by what you put in and on your body. It couldn't be any simpler than that.
And, btw, Corporate Party is ruining America, so boycott all corporations. Tough? Yes, I know. But the more you do, the healthier you become and the healthier America becomes. Somewhere along the line, Corporations need to be kicked out of Washington -- Permanently! Including the FDA!
Pharmaceuticals are poison.
I stopped all that garbage and I feel far healthier.
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