Coffee break or Coffee fix
Coffee, is it good or bad for us? Almost everyone I know drinks coffee.
Now I know what it’s like to adore coffee, my love affair with what felt was my best friend lasted for over 10 years. I remember that 1st cup of coffee in the morning and the kick that it gave me to start my day seeing clients. Between each client I would have another cup of coffee and then on my days off I would like nothing better than to visit my local Starbucks and have a skinny latte with a touch of caramel while I chat to my friends.
But over time my body began to nag me with headaches, poor sleep and severe irritability, so just over a year ago I decided to go caffeine free. I got my body back to a place where it felt calmer and when my body clock could finally know where it stood.
So why is coffee such a hot topic in today’s media health circles? Now whilst there are many controversies about coffees anything from the prevention of Parkinson’s disease to breast cancer, it does seem that research shows that caffeine in coffee might be the culprit responsible for the secretion of high levels of insulin from the pancreas. Now considering that diabetes affects 1.7 billion people worldwide then perhaps even this fact alone should set the alarm bells ringing and end our love affair with coffee good.
As a hypnotherapist many of my clients come to me suffering with stress or anxiety and one of the first questions I will ask them is how much caffeine do they have in your diet. Caffeine as we know doesn’t just exist in coffee but also tea, chocolate, soda/energy drinks etc so we can very easily be consuming high levels of caffeine without even realizing it.
So how does drinking too much coffee affect us?
Drinking caffeine can lead to leaky bladder
It makes you think you’re okay with sleep deprivation
It can raise your blood pressure
It can make you rational and irritable and even depressed
It can cause insomnia
It will create adrenaline thus making your heart race faster
it can cause anxiety
It can cause headaches
As you can see coffee really does have effects on us both physiologically and emotionally. As it’s the start of the new year, why not decide now to kick coffee to the curb and begin to detox your body. Now there are some that say that when you decide to give up coffee you should go cold turkey, others say do it gradually. From my own personal experience I tried gradually and after a few days it just began to increase again so for me cold turkey was the only way forward.
Now If you’ve never completed a caffeine detox them below are just some of their withdrawal symptoms that you may experience
Lack of concentration
Flu like symptoms
Easing the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal
Drink plenty of water
Get plenty of rest
Take any pain relievers
And eat healthily
What benefits we experience after a week detoxing
Your blood pressure will lower
You will sleep better
You’re general mood will improve
Your anxiety and stress will decrease
You will have fewer headaches
You will have fewer trips to the bathroom
You will have healthier teeth
Don’t worry, after you’ve completed your detox it doesn’t mean you can never have coffee again. Indeed a cup of coffee first thing in the morning actually seems good for us, but when you let your habit turn into an addiction then it will affect your health, your productivity at work and your motivation to do daily tasks.
So as we all like to say, “everything in moderation”