There are many reasons to have a short break (in our case at least 30 days) from caffeine,
When is it time to have a caffeine detox?
- You no longer feel the effects of caffeine. I.e., it doesn’t give you an energy boost.
- Your intake has increased by one or more cups a day.
- You feel you can’t get through your day without it.
- You know, or suspect caffeine could be the culprit for health issues.
Common caffeine withdrawal symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Flu-like symptoms – nausea, vomiting
andmuscle pain or stiffness.
Ok so now you are wondering why you are doing this again? Let me give you some benefits.
The benefits of going caffeine free:
- Let’s start with the cost of your caffeine addiction. It can add up to thousands of dollars a year. Even if you only have the 30 days caffeine free you will still save.
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Improve your sleep quality
- Increased energy (after the initial phase)
- Decrease anxiety
- Improve your overall mood
- Increased weight loss due to lessor calories throughout your day.
- Dental health will improve. Goodbye coffee stains.
- Goodbye headaches (particularly after the initial phase)
How to ease the withdrawal symptoms:
Between two – nine days at the most is how long you may expect to have caffeine withdrawal symptoms. However, this is dependent on how much caffeine was consumed daily, along with your individual tolerance levels to caffeine.
Although this can be an uncomfortable time, there are ways to reduce your chances of experiencing these symptoms.
- I highly recommend starting slow. In the lead up to the
waterchallenge begin to gradually cut down your coffee intake by 1 or 2 cups per week, depending on your symptoms. Slow and steady wins the race, well so they say.
- Clear your calendar and start the process on a weekend. Everyone is different. While some experience withdrawal symptoms, others experience none. If you do experience symptoms take the opportunity to binge on Netflix and relax.
- Getting enough sleep to combat fatigue is essential. Aim for seven to nine hours per night.
- Drink plenty of water during this process to avoid headaches and constipation. Both can be common symptoms.
Lastlyeat nutrient densefood. It is important to be fuelling your body with the right food, rather than reaching for sugar to replace the coffee. Eat small regular meals with a balance of proteins, carbohydrates andgood fats.
Although for some this may seem like an impossible challenge. I assure you it’s not when done correctly. The benefits of a caffeine detox every six to twelve months
By Shelley McKenzie.
Nutrition | Naturopath at Freedom Wellness
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