Divine Health Monthly Challenge: 21 Day Caffeine Detox

by lydia on February 7, 2013

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‘.

Caffeine Detox

The Challenge

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 ForteThis 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!

Comment below if you plan to join the 21 Day Caffeine Detox – subscribe to my feed and don’t miss the other posts that are coming on caffeine for the next 3 weeks!

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LydiaLydia 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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Liz February 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I’ve been needing to wean off of caffeine to heal moderate adrenal fatigue. Thanks for the challenge to get me motivated.

Melanie February 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Count me it!

Saeriu February 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

On March 30th I will be 3 years caffeine free! Love it too! I am able to wake up by 5:30am every morning without an alarm clock, work out and not be tired all day. (A whole foods diet helps too!)

lydia February 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

That’s awesome Saeriu!!

AmandaLP February 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I quit sodas on January 3rd! I’m mostly on decaf coffee, mainly because I was noticing a distinct rise in anxiety (and lowered sleep) when I drank coffee. So, I can totally go without caffeine until Feb 28.

Rebecca February 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

Really the only thing with caffeine in it that I drink is Jasmine green tea, and organic unsweetened baking cacao (I make sugar free chocolates that are SO good with coconut oil, raw honey, stevia, vanilla, and organic cacao powder and a dash of salt. YUM!)

I still wish that my green tea didn’t have caffeine in it, since I drink about 2 cups per day, but I have not been able to find Jasmine green tea that is de-caf, at a reasonable price (TeaVana has it but it is so expensive to buy the loose tea). If anyone knows where to get de-caf Jasmine green tea (not regular de-caf green tea, it has to be Jasmine, otherwise I don’t like the flavor and I will stick with Chamomile), please let me know. :) Thank you!

Tami Rodriguez February 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

I definitely need to do this! I cannot function without caffeine and that has to stop!

Andrea February 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m in! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while>

Katie February 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

I tried to quit this week, as I have been “weaning” for months. It was ok but i felt really really tried. I would love to join this challenege and get tips and motivation. I have been drinking caffeine since college, so about 16 years. Eeek!

cheri February 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

i have given up coffee but i remember in the beginning i had horrible headaches for about 5 days…withdrawl

Andrea Jones February 9, 2013 at 1:45 am

I’m definitely in. I hate my coffee addiction. I know what it does, and I still fall back and start drinking it again and again. I notice that I do this more before and during my cycle is that a typical desire. I really wish I had more willpower and not keep coming back to drinking my delicious DDs hazelnut ice coffees. So I will accept your challenge.

Stephen Bolin February 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Funny – I just found your site looking for fermentation information, and ran into the “coffee detox” article.

Today I am on the 19th day since I stopped drinking coffee. I went cold turkey. Headache for 2 days. I am feeling better.

A much bigger addiction for me is sugar. I can go for a week, sometimes more, without any “obvious” sugar choices. But maintaining “no sugar” is difficult.

Thanks Lydia for a wonderful website, with so much great nutritional information.


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