I know exactly what you’re thinking…why in the hell would you cut out coffee?! That’s the same thing phrase that crossed my mind when my Ayurvedic doctor informed me I needed to cut out my daily caffeine fix a couple weeks ago. Coffee has literally been my obsession, how in the world was I going to get by without it. But my body needed a break. Keep reading to find out exactly why I gave it up.
*Now before we get started I do want to state that I am by no means a doctor or professional that can provide medical advice. This is what I’ve gathered from my personal experience and I encourage you to do your own research or consult with a holistic doctor to find what’s best for you.*
1. Adrenal Fatigue
With my body being under so much stress the past few years from constant life changes and events, my adrenal glands are being overworked and have become quite frankly, flat out exhausted. (Your adrenal glands are endocrine glands that produce a variety of hormones including adrenaline and the steroids, aldosterone and cortisol.) Everytime I reach for a cup of coffee to give me a boost, my adrenals are squeezing out adrenaline that they can’t really afford to give up. Times that by multiple cups a day and those poor babies are probably screaming for a break.
While I never “felt” the affects of caffeine – no rush, no shakiness, no anxiety – I was extremely dependent on my coffee. Bad day? Go to Starbucks and get a coffee. Bored? Go to Starbucks and get a coffee. Tired? Coffee. Stressed? Coffee. Late night ahead? Coffee. You get the gist. While coffee is definitely the lesser of so many other evils, it was still a dependent behavior. By breaking my tendency to reach for coffee as a vice, I now have to actually face whatever is going on to make me feel those feelings and find healthier strategies to cope with the stress. (more on that coming later.)
3. Less Headaches
In the last six months, I started developing really bad headaches on the left side of my head that last several days. At one point, it got so bad that I landed myself in the ER. While I am not entirely sure caffeine was the culprit, I do know that I haven’t gotten one since cutting out caffeine and caffeine can be a major trigger for headaches and migraines.
4. Better Sleep
No more afternoon coffee stops means better sleep through the night. Cutting out caffeine should also help stabilize my cortisol levels which will also increase the quality of my nightly snoozes.
5. Healthier Alternatives
It definitely helps that my Ayurvedic doctor has an alternative that tastes SO much like coffee with zero caffeine. It’s an herbal substitute made with Capomo “Maya Nut,” Ashwagandha (great for its energizing effects and adaptogenic properties), Chicory Root (has an earthy flavor). I highly recommend it if you’re looking to switch and want to make it easier on yourself by still having something to enjoy in the morning.
Now, I completely understand if you read this and decide you will never give up your daily coffee. And that’s completely okay. Do what’s best for you and your body. Listen to what it tells you and seek medical advice if necessary. I highly suggest Ayurvedic medicine if you are looking for a more natural/holistic route.
How do you feel about giving up coffee? Leave me a comment below!