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How to Get Caffeine Out of Your System

How to Best Handle Caffeine

Caffeine can stay in a person’s system for many hours. The awake and jittery feelings can disrupt sleep patterns and make it challenging to enjoy rest. Apart from sleep, caffeine affects everyone’s body differently. If caffeine can make people feel sick, having a few ways to handle caffeine could come in handy.

Physical Activity

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Drinking caffeine increases adrenaline in the body, and performing a physical activity is the only way to burn it off. Exercise and movement will help use the excess energy caffeine provide and helps to break it down quicker.

Coffee and exercising both increase blood pressure temporarily. Anyone with a preexisting condition should instead consider a more leisurely physical activity. Simply walking may be all a person needs to return to normal energy levels.

Drinking Water

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The first method of working caffeine through the body is to drink water. Dehydration makes caffeine more potent and causes it to linger. The coffee may not cause dehydration, but drinking plenty of water is essential to keep the digestive tract working and for the stomach not to become irritated by the various acids found in coffee.

Drinking water is also great for overall health. The numerous benefits include keeping skin healthy, regulating blood pressure, and cleaning teeth.

Eating Food

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When drinking coffee on an empty stomach, the caffeine will make a person feel more jittery. This is because the coffee can diffuse faster in a person’s stomach and the caffeine will be more pronounced.

Refraining from eating may be a good choice to work through the caffeine faster, but it won’t be as pleasant. Eating food can slow the impact of caffeine and curb its edge.


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Caffeine’s side effects are substantial but do not last forever. Coffee’s half-life is approximately six hours. After this time, a coffee drinker can expect to feel a crash, and the effects of the caffeine will diminish further.

Since coffee can take a long time to digest, drinking coffee in the afternoon is not recommended. Instead, think ahead before drinking coffee and consider the best time to enjoy caffeine’s benefits.

While waiting out caffeine may be unpleasant, it is often the most effective solution. To enjoy a drink in the afternoon, the Dilettante Mocha Café recommends a warm hot chocolate. Like mocha drinks, Dilettante provides four different flavors of hot chocolate, each customized using Dilettante’s Chocolate Scale.

Try New Drinks

Try new coffee drinks to find the perfect amount of caffeine.

Coffee comes in many different shapes and sizes. A lighter coffee drink like a frappe or a latte won’t have the same caffeinated edge as something heavy like a drip coffee. When visiting a café past noon, these sweeter and lighter drinks may be the best option.

Those searching for a delicious flavor and the perfect amount of caffeine, Dilettante has something for everyone. Enjoy teas, frappes, Italian sodas, hot chocolate, mochas, coffee, and more at Dilettante’s Mocha Cafés. Visit during the cool fall months and stay cozy with a pleasant variety of caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks.

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Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan has a fondness for the outdoors, music, and coffee. Some of his favorites are Dilettante's Chocolate-Covered Bing Cherries and L'Orange Truffles. Through his writing and content, he hopes to grow the Dilettante community.