How To Quit Coffee
Things you will learn in this article:
How Coffee Impacts Your Hormones
How To Quit Coffee & Caffeine in Just 4 Weeks
Low & Zero Caffeine Options
Recipe Tips for Caffeine-Free Lattes
There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to start your day out the right way. You climb out of bed, head over to the kitchen, and get your favorite brewing method going. You pour the coffee in your favorite mug, add your favorite sweetener or not, and take that first sip. Yah that's good! Now you can let the day begin. Until your coffee break that is.
You may find that once that first cup wears off, you’ve lost your focus. Maybe you start to feel tired. Maybe you even feel a bit irritable. Now you also crave “something sweet” like a candy bar or donut. See where this is going?
People who struggle with estrogen dominance, thyroid issues, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and low libido should continue to read the rest of this article.
Are any of these issues directly related to coffee? Is it my amazing coffee breaks (all 5 of them daily) contributing to the decline of my condition? Yes, it certainly could be. Here is how...
One of the first things we need to make clear about coffee is that it does not impact everyone the same way. Some people can have it and be well, others not so much. There are even some who are far more sensitive to it and suffer a lot without even realizing it. Here are some signs coffee might not agree with you:
Jitters and energy crashes
Inability to focus
Anxiety and irritability
Mood swings and anger
Insomnia and poor sleep quality
The “coffee runs”
Chronic gut health issues
Thyroid isn’t improving despite making many changes over time (plus, your Hashimoto’s antibodies remain high)
Poor body odor (you can NOT go a day without deodorant)
Lumpy breasts that won’t improve in spite of doing Hormone Balancing Protocols
PMS from hell (obviously this sign is for females only)
How Coffee Impacts Your Hormones
Many declare that coffee is not a problem for them. You won't really know if it is or not until you try to quit. Caffeine is a highly addictive substance, even though we don't really think of it as harmful, it can be. Admitting your dependence on it is the first step in dealing with the problem. If you are struggling refraining from coffee for a full 2 weeks, I think it is a safe bet, your addicted.
I challenge everyone in the Elite Medical Family to try and give up coffee for 2 weeks. The results may surprise you. Many who do, they report less anxiety, less stress, and/or anger, reduction of hot flashes and night sweats, better sleep, no sugar cravings, less lumpy breasts (again, women only) and ironically.... more energy throughout the day.
Coffee, and more specifically caffeine, is a stimulant. it increases blood sugar levels, stimulates the adrenal glands, reduces thyroid hormones, contributes to overproduction of "dirty" estrogens, and causes an inflammatory response. Not to mention, depending on where you source your coffee from, you could be adding in pesticides, mold, and toxins into the mix. All of these on their own are bad for the body, together they wreak havoc with our hormones.
This is a list of the specific effects on our hormones:
Spikes cortisol by increasing blood sugar.
Exhausts adrenal glands as the stimulation increases cortisol production.
Contributes to Estrogen Dominance within the body.
Decreases the availability of thyroid hormone.
Inhibits thyroid hormone conversion (T4 to active T3) due to its promotion of estrogen dominance and thyroid binding globulin (TBG).
Increases inflammation, which contributes to all types of hormone imbalance.
If you have already implemented several health improvements and still struggle with hormonal issues, I would highly recommend giving up coffee for at least 2 weeks.
When you are ready to take up this challenge, the next step is, how to detox. For some people its no problem, others its a 2 week detox fiasco. You won't know until you try it (you can do it) but be prepared for headaches, restless sleep, poor mood, possibly poor energy and brain fog.
Giving Up Coffee and All Caffeine, or Just Coffee?
We often get this question which is important to address as it’s a nuanced answer that depends upon your body chemistry.
I’ve found that there are people who don’t do well on coffee but can have other caffeinated drinks (matcha, chai tea, etc.) and free themselves of the symptoms I covered above. I’m certainly one of them. When I drink coffee, I get smelly body odor, bouts of anger, poor sleep, sugar drops and cravings, and extreme fatigue by 2pm. But, I can have various caffeinated teas such as green tea without any problems.
So what is the bottom line? It depends on your body chemistry, you will just have to try and see if you fall into one of the categories mentioned above on your own.
Whichever way you choose to go ahead, we have created a simple 4-Step Guide to support you in this effort.
How to Quit Coffee & Caffeine in 4 Weeks
If you need some solid advice to wean yourself off coffee, here you go:
Step 1.) Prepare- Stock up on organic decaf coffee as well as other coffee alternatives you care to try out.
Step 2.) Cut your caffeine by 50%. For 4 days, drink 1/2 regular coffee, and 1/2 decaf coffee.
Step 3.) Cut back 75%. On the 5th day, use only 1/4 caffeine with 3/4 decaf.
Step 4.) Start drinking only decaf coffee. On day 6 & 7, its time to switch to all decaf coffee (which still has some caffeine in it).
Step 5.) Add in other low caffeine/coffee options to switch it up some. Do this for a week.
Step 6.) Add in zero caffeine beverages and find out what you like. On week 3, find some zero-caffeine healthy beverages and give them a try for a week.
Step 7.) Make the switch to 100% caffeine-free beverages. By week 4, you're entirely off coffee & caffeine! (I knew you could do it)
How to Mitigate the Detox Effects of Caffeine
I don't know about you but I get pretty bad detox effects when I quit drinking caffeine. Even when I don't drink it that much, like only one or two cups daily. Here are a few things I have personally tried which have helped me in the past.
Sea Salt - I started the day with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of water (you can also add some apple cider vinegar). This is a home remedy to help your adrenal glands recover while relieving the headaches a bit.
Tyrosine - I would do 1,000 mg of tyrosine twice daily (before breakfast & lunch) which is a dopamine precursor. Caffeine gives us a dopamine hit so quitting can result in mood and motivation challenges. But I know this can help some as my mood was improved while taking it.
Essential Oils - I've used these in the past to help curve the headaches. To achieve the relief, rub a drop of peppermint and lavender on your temples, this can reduce the headache/migraine by up to 80%! Just be sure to avoid getting the peppermint in your eyes, because you will instantly regret it.
Vitamin B - I took our Vitamin B supplements from our clinic, they have certainly helped with energy levels and my mental state/function. Usually takes about 20 minutes for the headache to disappear after taking.
Napping - It may be a good idea to start the detox process on a weekend, leaving one time to take a nap if needed during the first 48 hours. Naps are not just for infants and the elderly.
Electrolyte Drinks - I have found that my mind gets sharper and I get a lot more energy when I drink this mixture of salt, lemon juice, and cream of tartar (an excellent source of potassium).
When Quitting Caffeine is Too Much
If you are going to give up coffee but not necessarily caffeine in general, here are a few much more healthy options. We all need options, the more options, the better our chances of success. Here you go:
Decaf Organic Coffee (Swiss Water Process or Mountain Water Process)
Dirty Rasa (coffee combined with herbs, about 35 mg caffeine per 8 oz cup. 1/5 a regular cup of coffee)
Matcha (this is the one I drink daily)
Note: tea is a better caffeinated option over coffee. With coffee, you may feel the "hit" of caffeine right away, but the effect quickly wears off. This unfortunate cycle is what we call the "rush & crush" situation. That's when you reach for your second cup, crave sugar or get tired. Since the cycle repeats after each cup, it's easy to see why you keep reaching for another. This up and down roller coaster happening all morning (or all day depending on your consumption) can leave you feeling exhausted.
On the other hand, tea provides a calm rise of energy that lasts. Particularly the L-theanine found in green and black teas (those with high blood pressure should probably avoid green tea altogether). L-theanine is an amino acid that works with caffeine to provide balanced energy that lasts throughout the day, helping you focus, accomplish mental tasks, and exercise without the jitters, and without the crash.
Hormones Still Out of Balance?
Many people the world over struggle with hormonal issues. They are not to be underestimated, because they usually lead to bigger health risks, if not dealt with in the right way, and in the appropriate time. Luckily, helping men & women balance their hormones is one of our specialties here at Elite Medical Center!
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