Coffee Addiction: Causes and Treatment
Coffee addiction has a great correlation with the results of the DIY body-oxygen test, according to clinical research of over 160 Soviet and Russian medical doctors and my experience with my breathing students. The cause is simple: breathing retraining provides a large boost in energy and natural mind alertness. Hence, as I have seen this in dozens of people, with normal and high body and brain O2 levels, the effects of coffee becomes very different.
But before we discuss exact results and numbers, let us consider this chart that explains the key cause of explosion of stress and anxiety leading to coffee addiction during last several decades.
When someone's automatic breathing at rest is too frequent and/or deep with less than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test (see the PET scan of the brain below), he or she commonly suffers from anxiety, stress, mental confusion, lethargy, low levels of energy, and many other effects and symptoms of hyperventilation. Note that the normal body O2 content, as it was found in studies done over 80 years ago, is about 40-50 seconds.
Treat coffee addiction with meditative breathing exercises
Obviously, artificial stimulation of the senses and the body has a positive effect on well-being: there is an increased feeling of energy and alertness after drinking coffee. Even medical studies report increased physical fitness after 2 or 3 cups of coffee for modern ordinary people, since these people commonly have about 20-25 seconds for the body O2 test. Therefore, there are proven temporary positive effects of coffee. This creates a dependence and sometimes coffee addiction.
Russian doctors confirmed that people with less than 10 seconds for the body O2 test often have severe coffee addiction.
However, when the same person, with an existing coffee addiction, gradually slows down his or her own breathing and gets up to 35-40 seconds for the body-oxygen test, the effects of coffee are very different. Hundreds of my breathing students discovered this physiological effect due to breathing exercises (that are among oldest known meditation methods) and higher body O2. Instead of a feeling of energy and alertness, an intake of coffee causes nervousness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and worsened physical fitness. As a result, as it has been confirmed by thousands of people, they do not like coffee after they achieve normal body oxygenation. Therefore, the most natural treatment of coffee addiction is to increase body oxygenation.
For more details, click this link to the page that explains how to stop an addiction. The table below shows typical changes in chosen lifestyle for people with various body O2 levels.
Natural lifestyle choices before and after breathing retraining
|Lifestyle factor:||Body oxygen < 30 s||Body oxygen > 50 s|
|Energy level||Medium, low, or very low||High|
|Desire to exercise||Not strong, but possible||Craving and joy of exercise|
|Intensive exercise with nose breathing||Hard or impossible||Easy and effortless|
|Typical mind states||Confusion, anxiety, depression||Focus, concentration, clarity|
|Craving for sugar and junk foods||Present||Absent|
|Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs||Possible||Absent|
|Desire to eat raw foods||Weak and rare||Very common and natural|
|Correct posture||Rare and requires efforts||Natural and automatic|
|Sleep||Often of poor quality; > 7 hours||Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally|
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