How To Cut Down Your Coffee Intake

How to cut down your coffee intake

Why is coffee bad for you ?

Health issues:

  • It injures the liver.
  • Dehydrates the body !
  • Puts you in a state of adrenal exhaustion
  • Disrupts sleep
  • Aggravates PMS
  • Impairs digestion
  • It's addictive. You can get afternoon headaches if you skip your mornig cuppa.
  • And much much more...

Beauty issues:

  • Aggravates rosacea by engorging veins
  • Yellows the teeth
  • Helps body to retain fat
  • Aggravates break-outs
  • Interferes with a good night's sleep, which is essential to good skin.
  • Contributes to undereye circles, by exhausting the adrenal glands

   I highly recommend Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske, who spent 10 years in researching the effects of caffeine on the body.
Quoting from his book:
“Caffeine does not provide energy - only chemical stimulation. The perceived energy comes from the body’s struggle to adapt to increased blood levels of stress hormones… "

How to kick the habit:

Kick it:

  • You don't need to swear never to even look at a coffee machine again. Cutting down your coffee intake, and drinking less strong brews is already a big step.
  • It takes 60 days for your body to eliminate all the caffeine and really see the results.
  • Try using smaller cups. I realised that I craved the smell and taste of coffee, but after the few initial sips I wasn't that interested in drinking the rest. I switched to tiny cups.
  • Identify what it is that you really crave from coffee: Something warm ? The taste ? Or the kick ? Or just something to occupy you during work / whatever
  • Can't function normally without your morning cuppa? Either your mind & body have forgotten how to do it themselves, or you are not getting qulity sleep. To get alert in the morning, try drinking a fresh tea, doing yoga, or gazing out of the window at the morning light. Fresh fruit or vegetable smoothies are also a great way to energise in the morning. Also, check your sleep: waking up and not being refreshed after a night's sleep is not ok. Is your bed uncomfortable ? Are you eating too much sugar and carbs that make you sluggish ? Do you sleep too few ? Do you eat your last meal too late at night? (You shouldn't eat after 9.00 pm, because the later it is, the slower your metabolism is). Or... is coffee disrupting your sleep ?
  • Do you drink coffee because it's fun, and everyone else does too? Coffee has been glorified by today's culture. It's not about the taste: it's about Mary-Kate Olsen in a fantastic outfit accessoried by a Starbucks mug in her hand, coffee advertisements that are as stylish and expensive as those for alcohol ...
  • Love the taste? For something with a similar flavour, try decaf, herbal coffees like Teeccino, or a raw cacao smoothie.
  • Want something warm? Endless varieties of herbal teas out there!
  • Need the stimulation? Try hot cacao! That was my drug of choice. It has a strong taste, it's delicious, healthy, and even gives you a slight kick without the jitters. Or make a raw smoothie that gives you a slow but steady burst of energy.

   "Using coffee for mood enhancement is a short-term blessing and a long-term curse. While the initial adrenal stimulation may provide a transient anti-fatigue ‘lift,’ caffeine’s ultimate mood effect is a letdown, either subtle or profound. Advertisers and coffee ‘institutes’ have kept this side of caffeine from public view…”
      ---  Caffeine Blues by Stephen Cherniske

Recommended read: The hidden dangers of caffeine -- How coffee causes exhaustion, fatigue and addiction.

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