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9 Ways to Kick the Coffee Habit

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How to cut back on caffeine

by Amanda Gardner

There's nothing wrong with coffee, unless you have acid reflux or other reasons to avoid it.

"Caffeine tends to [open] the lower esophageal sphincter," says Robynne Chutkan, MD, assistant professor in gastroenterology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Giving up caffeine helps acid reflux, as well as sleeplessness and anxiety. But it can also make you cranky, tired, and give you headaches. Try these tips to kick the habit.

Next: Gradually cut back

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