Neutralize the Bad Effects of Caffeine

I’m addicted to coffee, and I’m not giving it up. Instead, I discovered the best ways to minimize the bad effects of caffeine. Check this out!


0:00 Introduction: Is caffeine bad for you?
0:50 Should I consume caffeine for energy?
3:10 Caffeine benefits
3:58 The bad effects of caffeine
6:04 The best ways to minimize caffeine side effects
7:25 Check out this video on bulletproof coffee!

Today, I’m going to show you how to neutralize the bad effects of caffeine.

The benefits of caffeine:
• It can help lower the risk of dementia
• It can help decrease the risk of gallstones
• It can help with a fatty liver
• It can help decrease fibrosis within the liver
• It can help decrease liver enzymes
• It can help increase your fasting time (if you add fat to your coffee)
• It can temporarily increase cognitive function

The bad effects of caffeine:
• It can increase blood pressure
• It can increase cholesterol
• It can increase cortisol
• It has the potential to cause insomnia
• It can increase adrenaline
• It can cause anxiety or depression
• It can increase fatigue
• It can cause arrhythmias
• It can cause headaches
• It can cause panic attacks
• It can cause mood swings
• It can give you neck tension
• It can cause jaw tightness and teeth grinding
• It can cause a vitamin B1 deficiency
• It can act as a diuretic

Many of the negative effects of coffee or caffeine occur in people who have a genetic variation that lowers the ability to detoxify caffeine and other toxins.

Even if you don’t have this genetic variation, you can still do certain things to help detoxify caffeine from your liver more thoroughly.

How to minimize the bad effects of caffeine:
1. Lessen your exposure to caffeine and toxins
2. Do heavy exercise
3. Consume cruciferous vegetables
4. Consume celery and parsley
5. Consume curcumin



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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Give these tips a try to help deal with the bad effects of caffeine. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Howie Will on December 13, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I need this as I drink coffee everyday! Thanks Dr. Berg!

    • Sabrina and husband on December 13, 2022 at 11:20 am

      Same here 😊

    • mausooma hassan on December 13, 2022 at 11:57 am


    • fr33 tr33 willy 12d on December 13, 2022 at 12:54 pm


  2. javier torres on December 13, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Years back, I used to love coffee. Loved it. Then for some reason, I quit. Lately, I tried to drink coffee again and I got sick. My blood pressure went through the roof and I even called an ambulance. When they came, I calmed down and they decided I wasn’t bad enough and asked if I really wanted to go. I said no after a while and felt better. I gave the rest of the coffee I bought to my parents. I don’t drink coffee anymore. At all. I also have an expensive Blood Pressure monitor and it told me I have “irregular heartbeat”. No more after I quit.

    • Miss Peach on December 13, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Same. I loved coffee and the ritual that came with it. But for some reason, I can’t drink it anymore. I tried to have a cup of coffee the other day, but I literally spat it out. I am glad I have found better tasting alternatives.

    • Pash on December 14, 2022 at 2:56 am

      My husband has a-fib and I wonder if he could live without coffee. His heartbeat gets wonky and rapid.

  3. St Marquise on December 13, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Coffee has NEVER given me energy, I just feel normal (I barely drink it). But if I do, I now know how to use it to my advantage, thanks Doc!👍

    • Silver Lining on December 13, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      Prior to fitness training bodybuilding or cardio. You go much better. And Digestive aid , with or after a heavy meal. It’s an acid and it boosts metabolic circulation , but perhaps as for the acidity, normally it’s better to leave that job to the natural gastric acids left in the stomach to do their job

    • Diana on December 13, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Same with me. I only drink 2 cups of coffee every morning. It does not give me energy or keep me awake. When I rarely drink coffee at night it does not affect my sleep.

    • Osayawe Agbontaen on December 13, 2022 at 3:53 pm

      @Silver Lining FYI Coffee has fiber, and most of the folks in the western world get half or more of their fiber intake from drinking coffee.

    • LiveYourLifeExtra on December 13, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      @Osayawe Agbontaen Coffee causes drowsiness bc of dehydration. It restricts the blood vessels which makes you sleepy. Drinking a large glass of water can help to reduce the side effects.

    • Osayawe Agbontaen on December 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm

      @LiveYourLifeExtra Thanks for the info that explains this side effect. I don’t have that issue, but I have heard folks say that drinking coffee makes them sleep, which I thought was weird when I first heard it. There are folks that don’t drink coffee for that reason especially when they are working or on their lunch break.

  4. HRiSHiKA on December 13, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Recently I had to cut coffee completely because I observed that it was giving me anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. I only drink milk tea not after 5-6in the evening, my sleep has improved a lot. Now I am like really sensitive to coffee. Even if I tried to drink it in the morning sometimes, it results in delayed sleep phase syndrome. Thank you for the video!

    • HRiSHiKA on December 13, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      @Pasha Ameen thank you for your suggestion. But I can’t completely cut it because for hectic studying schedule I need it. 🥲
      I try to take other natural tools to fix my sleep, which involves viewing sunlight right in the morning and many. And for Ashvagandha, I will consult before taking it.

    • HRiSHiKA on December 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      @Ameerul Aqmal Malek yeah Ik. But IDK why I am more sensitive to expresso. But there is more of it in coffee than tea. So, let’s say my brain can tolerate the 2 cups of tea/day but not the coffee. I love coffee but sadly it had distorted my sleep. 🥲

    • HRiSHiKA on December 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      @Myles Gray oh sad to hear that. I think there might be other various factors too which caused this. Stress is one of them, if there is already high level of cortisol because of stress and consuming more of caffeine at the time, it will possibly worse the levels, resulting in anxious brain.

    • HRiSHiKA on December 13, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      ​@marian B I hope now you are doing better now.
      I haven’t tried the decaf one yet. But coffee is a no no for me. For like 5 months I had delayed sleeping phrase syndrome and my circadian cycle was so messed up. I had anxiety attacks but as soon as I cut coffee completely, sleep comes easily to me now.

    • Guest Guest on December 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm

      Add me to the list of people who can’t drink coffee at all. Even a cup with milk in the morning would affect me the *next* day, after hampering my sleep the night before. Strangely, this was not the case a few years ago.

  5. Feyza K on December 13, 2022 at 11:39 am

    When I criticized an addicted (cannabis) friend of mine, he asked me how much coffee I drank. When he heard my answer, he replied, ‘You’re also addicted to a substance, then’ I’ve been paying attention ever since.

    • ffwast on December 13, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      @Healthy Disrespect for AuthorityMaybe if they’re too high to deny that they’re a drug addict. It’s always excuses with them.

    • ffwast on December 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      @Donald Partridge Nah. Caffeine and nicotine addicts admit their dependence, point out that a pothead is a drug addict and they go off on a whole spiel to deny and cope that it’s a drug and they’re an addict.

    • Donald Partridge on December 13, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      @ffwast yeah, u right, they tend to act like its not

    • rocmon on December 13, 2022 at 11:02 pm

      Weed seems to lower my testosterone, shame because I just love my ganja but I can loose my testosterone

    • Claire Johnson on December 13, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      @ffwast They are alsoTROUBLE and bring Misery.Everyone one that I’ve known who smokes cannabis have been a total arsehole,mentally deranged ,self absorbed,selfish, narcissistic and abusive.I hate that stuff with a passion.

  6. Nick Collishaw on December 13, 2022 at 11:40 am

    I used to drink 4 to 8 cups a day without even feeling it (I think in all honesty I was addicted – but to the sugar from the 3tea spoons worth that was in the cappuccino powders I used). I started having anxiety after a blow to the head and now just one cup can induce brief episodes / scramble my cognitive abilities

    • The Drone Ranger on December 13, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      I have a theory that you can develop caffeine resistance (same way as insulin resistance.)

      This might mean you feel fine, but there’s still a problem developing.

      When/if it finally becomes intolerable, it might cause instability of body chemistry and wild swings.

    • j nova on December 13, 2022 at 2:11 pm

      @The Drone Ranger Your theory makes sense.

  7. mrfoodarama on December 13, 2022 at 11:49 am

    I like taking a small amount of L-Theanine (100 to 200mg) with my morning coffee. It gives me the boost I need in the morning but removed all of the jitteriness and anxiety that can come along with it

    • LiveYourLifeExtra on December 13, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      @davethetrousers vitamin B1 in the form of non-fortified nutritional yeast is really good for coffee jitters and feelings of edginess. I don’t know about anxiety specifically but I would imagine it could help even if just a little.

    • Johnny's Funzone on December 13, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      Used L-theanine to remove post-Cov19 “fog brain”. It worked.

    • atranimecs on December 13, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      @davethetrousers worse? that sounds like a chemical imbalance. People with chemical imbalances tend to have adverse effects to St. John’s wort and Ashwangandha.

    • SweetBabyGang GRL on December 14, 2022 at 12:23 am

      @Omair TechI find this same thing with some of the vitamins I take 🤔 especially vitamin b

    • Lolitalolipops on December 14, 2022 at 10:06 am

      @atranimecs I responded badl to both aswaganah and st Johns wort ,, At least now I know

  8. Carla Pogson on December 13, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I recently started to limit my coffee intake, I was drinking 5-6 cups a day, I am down to 3 cups now with fresh oat milk in it. It doesn’t seem to be doing anything to me. Thank you for this video, I guess I should get down to one cup.

    • 1Day Free on December 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      It’s poison. Why risk it?

    • Reality Chick on December 13, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Oat milk is not fresh, it’s full of toxic ingredients.

    • marga maranti on December 13, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      Oat milk gave me sevier inflammation in the joints because of the omega 6 from sunflower seed oil…

  9. Anne on December 13, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you! I am one of those caffeine addicts, too.
    I’d like to add that coffee also comes along with oxalic acid, the negative effects of which can be neutralized by an appropriate intake of calcium.

    • Babs on December 13, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      Coffee is more like lectin soup. Don’t drink terrible coffee.

    • TruthSeeker on December 13, 2022 at 3:35 pm

      And citrate. 😉

  10. Silver Lining on December 13, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Yes Eric, a few years ago I have learnt this while working on a research piece it came out caffeine stays in the body for (48/)72hours.. and so in the morning I have learnt to avoid the ritualistic coffee (it did cost me efforts withdrawing from this powerful ritual that was a charming relaxing centre-stage of the breakfast theatre,) in the morning all together because it will mimic the wake hormones to the receptors making the body producing less of it in returns and so making tiredness crippling in much faster and up cycling dependence to caffeine intake. During the day , the wake hormone is produced every 3/4 hours (7-8am/10-11/14-15pm/17-18) depending on metabolism and daylight between 7am & 6pm and these early times 7/8am coffee should be avoided all together to allow the receptors in the brain to read the real levels of hormone and regulate wake throughout the day. Caffeine is not so benevolent at 360° since it flushes the liver of trace minerals and important vitamins creating vicious cycles, of dangerous when protracted, health deficiencies; which then in return can activate dormant illnesses. 1 or 2 nice coffees are much more useful passed mid morning or in mid afternoon (3pm >>> 5) but not later than that if it’s needed preserving early-ish sleep (as for 10pm)

    • LiveYourLifeExtra on December 13, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      Yes I’ve actually read coffee before 9:00 a.m. can raise cortisol levels. I drink decaf now

    • Silver Lining on December 13, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      @LiveYourLifeExtra I would advise not to drink decaffeinated coffee it’s rubbish and meaningless rather move to different organic beverages, even just Ceylon teas or similar, green teas are amazingly good in the morning too

    • Geoffrey Currie on December 13, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      @Silver Lining why is decaf mesningless?

    • bob boscarato on December 14, 2022 at 1:14 am

      @Geoffrey Currie Decaf always leaves a bad taste in your mouth!

    • Geoffrey Currie on December 14, 2022 at 2:22 am

      @bob boscarato prob just the harsh chemicals, lol

  11. Luz Guia on December 13, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    I love Dr. Berg he give us knowledge about everything without promoting any product to buy. He is a genuine helper. God bless him!!❤

    • David Holcomb on December 14, 2022 at 8:19 am

      @RungholeSoup into pots every 3rd, I can said nondu

    • Nikolas Malík on December 14, 2022 at 10:46 am

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    • Nikolas Malík on December 14, 2022 at 3:35 pm

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    • Zero on December 14, 2022 at 4:31 pm

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  12. MrFreeGman on December 13, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    I started getting bad anxiety from my morning coffee and I realized that it was because I was drinking it on an empty stomach. I switched to eating a light breakfast first and everything got better. I guess it’s similar to alcohol in the sense that the caffeine is more quickly absorbed into your blood when there’s nothing in your stomach.

    • Maggie The Cat on December 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      Try organic, low acid coffee

    • Checkmate on December 13, 2022 at 6:27 pm


    • Joe K on December 13, 2022 at 6:47 pm

      Yup only with food for me

  13. HeyBarbara777 on December 13, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    I drink coffee every day but I mostly drink it for fasting. I just found out a tsp of unsalted butter will curb my appetite until I break my fast, this is a great reminder to keep drinking it or give it up. I sleep fine at night and only have one cup a day so we shall see. You’re looking good Dr. Berg, whatever you’re doing is working for you!

    • Diana on December 13, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      I drink only maybe 2 cups of regular coffee, no expresso coffee. I only drink it in the morning. Coffee never gave me energy or kept me awake.

    • LiveYourLifeExtra on December 13, 2022 at 4:29 pm

      Eating butter during a fast is not considered fasting. It will actually break your fast immediately. You will still get lots of benefits bc you haven’t eaten anything else, but technically butter will break a fast.

    • imandan on December 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      @LiveYourLifeExtra wrong, completely wrong

    • G. on December 13, 2022 at 10:53 pm

      @LiveYourLifeExtra a tsp of butter is 34 calories. Technically 50 calories breaks a fast so I think she’s fine. 😊

    • Jonathan Randall on December 14, 2022 at 1:01 am

      Of course it breaks your fast. It has calories.

  14. shadowofthek on December 13, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    you are the best Dr.Berg, i only trust your advice on food nutrients! thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with the world without charging! Everything ive learned from your videos is priceless information i would of never ever known without watching you! 🙂 I have paranoid schizophrenia and the way ive been eating i could not even tell if i didnt just know. I never get anxious anymore…loving my arugula with olive oil daily (of course all diff variations like maybe guac or salsa on top , going to purchase some nutritional yeast and sauerkraut next time i go out! 🙂 these are foods i would of never known to eat. I found you because i kept getting food poisoning for basically no reason and it was bad throwing up for 48 hours at a time over and over ….i started adding these foods to increase my good gut bacteria and of course removing “foods” that do bad things and i have not had an issue since! 🙂 so thank you , thank you… thank you!!!

  15. emma smith on December 13, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    I love Dr Berg’s honesty! It’s the way he says “and I’m not going to give it up” about coffee 😂Don’t blame him, the day I give up coffee is the day they put the last nail in the coffin 😂

    • John “TopperPenquin” Dwyer on December 14, 2022 at 9:58 am

      You should try taking your coffee into a mental hospital… they confiscate it and will not give it back.

    • John “TopperPenquin” Dwyer on December 14, 2022 at 9:58 am

      Nail in my Coffin… Uhm… 🤔…
      “You ain’t seen nothing yet”

    • John “TopperPenquin” Dwyer on December 14, 2022 at 9:59 am

      Kinda like they confiscated my YouTube channel.

    • Patricia Piper on December 14, 2022 at 10:27 am

      @John “TopperPenquin” Dwyer Hi John, like the shuttle and it’s rocket fuel every morning! 😀😀😮🚀

    • Patricia Piper on December 14, 2022 at 10:30 am

      @Cheesecake fan Hi cheesecake, I dont have adrenal glands any more. They withered and died from exhaustion I’m pretty sure!! Thanks for the warning😃🎄🇺🇸

  16. Beaky Twitch on December 13, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    In the pub the argument rages back and forth about whether tea is addictive. Eventually an old man who had been quiet up to that moment spoke up:. ” I can tell you definitively that tea is *NOT* addictive – and I should know since I have drunk it every day for the last 70 years !”

    • Jude on December 14, 2022 at 12:18 am

      Herbal tea is not addictive.

  17. Tim Rainier on December 13, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    I used to drink a pot a day. Switched quite some time ago to no more than 16 ounces a day. I began to have higher anxiety, arythmia, mild panic attacks and excessive jitters. I gave up coffee about 6 months ago. Those symptoms went away completely. I had about 6 ounces of coffee a couple weeks ago to see how I’d react and the symptoms came right back. The jitters made it feel like I had been drinking pot after pot of coffee. I absolutely love coffee and miss it but I do not miss those ailments.

  18. shelveswithstories on December 13, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I am a student, and I cannot let go of a cup of sugarless black coffee in the morning since it helps me exercise as well as study. Knowing that curcumin helps decrease the side-effects of coffee is such a relief since I have a cup of warm turmeric milk every night before bed and it helps me sleep. Thank you, Dr. Berg

    • da no on December 13, 2022 at 10:55 pm

      Turmeric tastes like dirty socks.

    • Y Z on December 14, 2022 at 1:35 am

      @da no lmao no, try the golden milk recipe and use honey bee

    • shelveswithstories on December 14, 2022 at 7:03 am

      @da no haha, I never thought of that since in India we add turmeric in almost every dish and that sort of grows up on you. In case someone wants to start having golden milk, they can start by adding just a pinch of it in milk and gradually increase the amount to a teaspoon full in one glass. Pro-tip; add some spices to your milk like cardamom, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon while boiling it.

  19. Gerald Frank on December 13, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    When I had severe sciatica, coffee was the only consumable that helped with the pain. Even a $500 shot from a pain specialist didn’t do as much as $2 of coffee! 🙏

  20. Nili Ghosh on December 14, 2022 at 5:46 am

    The way Dr Berg communicates is making everything he says so much easier to understand and apply. This is my favourite channel. Thank you. I was under the impression that coffee boosts energy. I reach for a cup of coffee immediately after rising. I like coffee because of the flavour and the aroma. I love greens. When it comes to diet, we tend to gravitate towards green as we believe natural food are more healthy.

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