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Experiencing Caffeine Crashes? Here’s How to Stop Them

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Coffee is great for a morning pick-me-up, but sometimes, it might feel as though your caffeine jolt has backfired come afternoon. You get a dreaded caffeine crash, and more coffee seems like the only option. But is it?

You can help prevent caffeine crashes by making one simple change: eating with your coffee.

If you’re anything like me, you tend to make coffee your breakfast, but that’s what could be causing your crash. Coffee works by blocking adenosine molecules from binding to receptors that control sleep and energy. When they’re blocked, you feel as though you have more energy. Unfortunately, that’s a false sense of energy, and if you’ve put nothing else in your body when it wears off, you’re pretty much destined for a crash.

Bulletproof Whole Bean Coffee Kit

Bulletproof coffee is, in part, used to prevent crashes.

The solution is to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Without eating, your blood sugar levels could be all over the place which will exacerbate the crash feeling when your caffeine wears off. Eating breakfast and lunch with a good blend of protein, fiber, and healthy fat can keep your blood sugar levels balanced and give your body the real energy it needs.

While it might be tempting to skip breakfast or snag a fast-food meal for lunch, providing your body with healthy foods instead of relying on more and more coffee is how to truly stay energized.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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