Don’t talk to me! I haven’t had my coffee yet… said one woman to me after I said ‘Good Morning!” For most women, a hot beverage is a requirement to get their engines working at the start of the day. Yes, we have become addicted to it; some see the downside of this dependence and try to cut the habit by doing a detox periodically. Any kind of detox, however, will involve a period of adjustment, where your system is trying to cope with withdrawal symptoms. Following the tips below will ensure your caffeine detox goes smoother and will be less traumatic for you:
Abruptly taking away something you’re accustomed to for years,e. your daily morning cup of Joe, can be harsh and overwhelming on your system. Weaning yourself gently and gradually decreasing the amount of coffee you take on a daily basis is a much better approach. If you normally drink 2 cups a day, cut it down to 1 cup for a few days, and then cut that again in half until you end up drinking only a sip. This will allow you to slowly adjust and also give yourself more time to mentally prepare yourself
There are many drinks you can substitute in the beginning if you find it hard to give up your ritual. The most obvious is going from regular to decaf, either with tea or coffee. Healthier alternatives include roobois tea, barley, lemon, peppermint, jasmine, and other green leaf teas. They smell wonderful, taste wonderful, and are full of antioxidants to boot!
Apparently, Vitamin C does wonders in alleviating withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, muscle pains, and other flu-like symptoms associated with caffeine detox. So just for the duration of the detox, [thirstylink linkid=”8300″ linktext=”drink up on Vitamin C” title=”Vitamin C Capsules”]; you cannot overdose on vitamin C as any excess will simply be flushed out in urine. You can have 1000mg in the morning, following up with drinking another 1000mg around noon, and finally at night, before going to bed.
Drink lots of water; make sure you’ve some handy during the detox. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated at all times but even more sowhen doing a detox. Alternatively, fresh fruit juices are an amazing way to get you through a detox. If you prefer a hot or warm drink, try lemon and honey, especially if you feel like you’re coming down with something.
If you’re working in an office, try to start your caffeine detox on a weekend, to allow yourself uninterrupted rest whenever you feel like it. Your body might feel a bit strange during a detox and your energy levels may be too low to function optimally in a work environment. Come Monday, your body will have adjusted a bit, getting your bearings enough to survive a day at work.
Hang on in there and remind yourself that it’ll be worthwhile afterwards.Keep yourself encouraged by putting reminders all over the place of how good it’ll be after completing your detox. You’ll be able to get rid of your reliance on caffeine to give you energy. You’ll be consuming less cream and sugar as well. You’ll have much nicer teeth… whatever your reason for starting the detox, keep your ‘eyes on the prize’ as they say. There will be challenging moments, yes, but persevere, and you’ll be rewarded. I used to drink 6 cups a day and knew it wasn’t good for me; reminding myself it’s for my health motivated me to finish the caffeine detox.
When you finish the detox, you can go back to drinking again; there’s nothing wrong that. Just bear in mind though that according to experts, it takes 100 milligrams of caffeine to produce dependence on it. Since an average cup of coffee contains 40–120 milligrams of caffeine, limit yourself to one cup a day if you don’t want to be hooked again.