Do you need a Caffeine Detox?
Going off caffeine is no easy feat.
Caffeinated drinks are some of the most popular and highly addictive stimulants around the globe. It stimulates the central nervous system and can be the contributing factors of: anxiety, headaches, heartburn, digestive upset, irritability, nervousness, jitters (shakes), muscle spasms, increased blood pressure, frequent urination, fatigue (once caffeine leaves body) and dependency.
Caffeine dependency is definitely a real thing. Find the science of it here.
It affects everyone differently. The degree of sensitivity or expression of symptoms depend on a person's metabolism, genetics, health and constitution.
How does caffeine really affect you?
The best way to find out is to go off of it for a week and then invite it back in. Then you’ll be able to truly establish your natural baseline and experience how caffeine affects you.
This is also a great way to lower your tolerance if you find that you depend on several cups of coffee (or insert caffeine of choice) a day.
Here’s how you can wean yourself off to see its effects and reset your tolerance level. Note: caffeine includes sodas, yerba mate, chocolate, green and black teas.
- Reduce slowly over time
Day 1-2: drink 75% caffeine and replace remainder with decaf.
Day 3-4: drink 50% caffeine and 50% decaf.
Day 4-5: drink 25% caffeine and 75% decaf.
Day 5-6: 10% caffeine and 90% decaf.
Day 7: go 100% decaf and stay off caffeine ( e.g. sodas, teas, chocolate for 7-10 days)
For tea drinkers it’s hard to measure exactly but here are some tips:
Days 1-3: Switch from black tea/yerba mate to green tea OR drink half the amount you normally consume.
Day 3-4: Try steeping green tea for 60 seconds. Throw that water out and resteep. The caffeine is released within the first 60 seconds so this can reduce the amount of caffeine.
Day 4-6: Switch to white tea, which has the least amount of caffeine.
Day 6-7: Drink only decaf or herbal teas and stay off caffeine for 7-10 days.
- Find a replacement
Whether it’s morning coffee, afternoon iced tea or your daily soda, it’s A MUST that you find an enjoyable replacement. When fall comes I always crave coffee, Rasa Koffee has been really hitting the spot for me and it’s an incredible blend of adaptogens that support your overall health and ability to respond to stress. Here’s 10% off if you would like to try it. Herbal teas are also a great option.
- Stay hydrated
As the withdrawal symptoms occur, hydration can assist the process of detoxification and may also aid headaches and fatigue.
- Be kind to yourself
You may notice that you feel grumpy, irritable or impatient. Try to give yourself the space to have some alone time or do something to get your mind off things like exercise, meditation, nature or reading.
- Keep with it
In order to truly break your tolerance and witness your honest experience with caffeine, you have to commit 100% and then stay with it so your brain and body can reset. Once you have a full day free from caffeine, stay with it for at least a week. You’ll likely find that you sleep better, have natural energy and feel a sense of overall clarity.
You can do it! Let me know how it goes.