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Coffee Detox

by Lenah

I’m on a Coffee Detox. I’ve done something I never before thought I’d even consider doing. I’ve cut my coffee addiction in half.

I honestly used to look with suspicious eyes on people who don’t drink coffee. How can you possibly wake up in the morning and not think of coffee?

Unfortunately, I also used to feel like my brain would switch to sleep-mode at times when it really shouldn’t. Or, why do I get so quickly anxious and jittery? Why do I often wake up tired after 8 hours of decent sleep? Why do I lack motivation when I need it?

Never once did I blame the coffee for these issues. You simply assume that there is a natural reason for these somewhat small daily struggles, such as lack of vitamins, hydration or maybe it’s because I’m not eating the right foods, etc.

Only when someone mentioned that a hormone or thyroid imbalance could cause these symptoms did I read up on the effects of coffee, because it’s pretty much the first thing that appears when you google above problems. That’s when I saw a link and decided to cut coffee from 3-4 a day to 0-1 a day.

The first few days were terrible, I won’t lie. You can choose to go easy and cut down bit by bit, or you can decide to quit cold turkey.

Withdrawal symptoms are not fun, trust me, and they are very real.

I suddenly found myself knocked out on the sofa at 3 pm, beyond tired, major headaches, and a shi**y mood. After the first week, however, everything felt so much better. It’s now been over a month, and I’m still amazed that I’m feeling awake, I’m alert, the fog has left my brain. I sleep better, which means I wake up less tired. The afternoons are also fine, my skin is better, and my mood is more stable. And no, I don’t miss it. I do take a small cup around 10ish, just out of habit, but never in the afternoon, and I never exceed more than one. If you do stop and you experience the withdrawal symptoms, it means that you are addicted. It means that you depend on a substance to keep you going through the day. Even if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a good thing to try out, if only to challenge yourself. I promise, if you can get past that first tough week, you will, without a doubt, notice a positive over-all change!

Read here about the benefits of coffee detox

 

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