It’s finally time for another challenge and this one could be a hard one. Why? I’m gonna challenge you to detox from caffeine. Yep that’s right! Now, don’t be mad at me, you do not have to do this, it’s a choice. However, if you have this sense that you maybe should, but don’t want to – you might be the perfect candidate. Often when we have foods/beverages that we just can’t imagine giving up, it’s likely we need to give it up to see if our bodies do better without it. Could it be an addiction that is harming us? Could it even be that we are allergic to the coffee we are drinking? Not everyone will have the same negative effects from caffeine, however if you are using it as a way to drive your energy, consider doing this challenge.
First off, caffeine has no nutritional value, it actually is nutrient depleting and dehydrates the body as it is a diurectic beverage. For every 8 ounces of coffee or soda or caffeine you need to replace it with 16 ounces of pure water. How many people who drink caffeinated beverages actually do that? Caffeine’s diuretic effect causes loss of potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals. It also reduces the absorption of iron and calcium. I don’t know about you, but I am working hard to re-mineralize my body, I don’t need anything antagonist to that goal. It’s hard enough to get adequate nutrition in this day and age. Caffeine can raise blood pressure in some people who are more sensitive to it. Also, high amounts of caffeine can cause insomnia, restlessness, excitement, trembling, rapid heart beat, increased breathing, ringing in the ears, and heartburn. If you find it hard to live without it may be worth considering you need to detox for a bit. For more reading on issues with caffeine, read this post; ‘Caffeine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly‘.
For the next 21 days work to wean off of caffeine and stay off of caffeine and see how you feel. Do not go cold turkey! If you are drinking 2 cups of coffee per day, you may need to go down to one cup for one week, then maybe cut it with decaf and have half and half the next week, then just decaf the following week, then after that switch to herbal tea or something. The same goes for iced tea, energy drinks, soda or hot black teas. (Refer to this chart to find out just how much caffeine is in your beverage of choice). The idea is to not depend on caffeine to drive your energy! Drink plenty of water and consider getting a really good multi-vitamin. I like this one by Biotics – BioGlycozyme Forte! This chart lists the caffeine content in beverages – if you are consuming drip coffee that has the highest caffeine content and at the very least you should consider cutting back or switching to a lesser caffeinated beverage. Maybe you are not ready to do this challenge in full, but want to cut back – by all means DO THAT! At the end of 21 Days – I bet you will feel much better! So, who’s in? Let’s do this! Come join myself and others over at Divine Health Monthly Challenges private facebook page and get encouraged daily!
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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.
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