Are You a Caffeine Junkie?
Coffee is very seductive; it is often the first thing on my mind as soon as I wake up and is most certainly my go-to for an afternoon boost.
But what if this liquid gold (aka: coffee) is doing more harm than good? And, what if I want to create my own energy throughout the day instead of relying on my morning fix?
What’s the problem with coffee?
Coffee taxes your adrenal glands, as well as your liver and kidneys. This means that coffee does not give us energy; and instead, it releases energy that is stored in the kidneys. This precious substance (kidney energy) should never be squandered recklessly. Besides, coffee is very acidic and dehydrating and can seriously disrupt your sleep.
What happens when you ditch coffee?
You have MORE energy, feel calmer, are better able to handle stress and sleep better. You can also expect to feel sharp and awake, with a steadier energy from morning till night.
How to quit or just cut down
Have a game plan. It’s best to taper off slowly to minimize headaches and withdrawal symptoms. Be gentle with yourself, drink more water and try to get some extra rest.
It’s also essential to find a coffee substitute to make the transition go smoothly. Here are some suggestions:
1. Water with Lemon: If you use coffee to help go to the bathroom in the morning, another option is to have a glass of water (hot or cold) with half of a lemon squeezed into it. This will alkalize your body, re-hydrate you, and it helps with elimination. It also helps the liver to get rid of toxins, so this is a great way to start the day.
2. Yerba Mate Tea: This tea provides the same buzz that coffee gives, Yerba Mate is preferred by many as it’s packed with nutrients, too. Yerba Mate is made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree. It is widely known for not having the heavy “crash” that coffee can bring.
3. Matcha green tea is a favorite. It still has a little caffeine, but feels much cleaner and greener than coffee. I stir a half teaspoon of matcha with a bit of coconut milk and then add boiling water and some stevia to sweeten.
4. Vanilla “Latte”: If you want something warm and comforting in the morning, you can heat up a mug of unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk (on the stove) with a dash of cinnamon and stevia to taste. It’s delicious! You could also add a teaspoon of cacao powder for a chocolate-y treat.
5. Kombucha Tea: also known as the “Immortal Health Elixir”. It aids digestion and gut health. Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. There are many benefits, such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, mood stability and cancer prevention.
Sarah McGuire R.Ac