There are some pretty amazing things that happen to your body when you stop drinking coffee. For me, my last cup of coffee was in October 2014. I didn't actually stop through choice - it was from a severe case of acid reflux which lasted 2 entire days. As you can imagine, from then on the desire to even taste anything coffee related disappeared. But I will admit, I absolutely love the smell!
For many people, coffee is an addiction - come on, we all know that person who simply can't function without coffee. So what happens when you take coffee out of the equation? Well, I'll tell you...
Depending on your level of dependence on coffee, when you
stop, you are actually allowing your brain to function without altering the brain's chemistry. The more you have the more you want. The more you want, the more you need. If you're one of these people who just can't function without their morning coffee, or you rely on coffee to keep your energy levels up during the day, chances are you are in the stages of a coffee addiction. Learn to replace the coffee with a herbal tea or hot water and lemon - this will break the coffee cycle and will free the need of requiring more and more coffee to achieve your desired results.
Sound like you?
Directly related to the first point, coffee alters your mood. Hands up if you admit to being grumpy before your first cup in the morning?
Yes? That's because you will experience greater mood swings when your body is relying on coffee to get you going. For many people, as soon as lethargy sets in, off to the coffee machine they go. Try to replace this habit with spending a few minutes moving and stretching to increase your blood flow. Drink some water and take 3 deep breaths. Within a few short days, you will find your moods have stabilised and you won't be such a grump in the mornings!
Did you know that removing coffee from your diet has been known to decrease anxiety? This is due to coffee acting as a stimulant to the adrenal glands. These glands are literally the size of a walnut and they sit on top of the kidney and they command the most powerful hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. Elevated levels of these can exacerbate anxiety which in some people can then lead to other health complications including fatigue and depression.
Coffee is a major trigger for headaches and migraines and even the slightest alteration from your normal daily coffee routine can result in a caffeine withdrawal headache.
Once you get through the first few days, your body will quickly re-adjust to your new 'normal' and you will find that your mind feels less clouded and you will have greater levels of clarity and concentration! Headaches and migraine frequency should also decrease.
Increased health and possible weight loss....These are additional benefits, depending on how you take your coffee. A study from the University of Victoria found that when sugar is added to coffee, people are likely to consume more coffee than when sugar is not added. Look at it this way:
Quitting just 1 Latte with 1 teaspoon of sugar per day saves 250 calories per day. That's 1,750 calories a week, or 91,250 calories a year! For those of you having 2 or 3 per day - work it out!!
Want white teeth? Coffee is known to stain teeth and if you are taking sugar with yours the combination can erode tooth enamel and cause decay. Eliminating coffee results in whiter and healthier teeth and we all want that!
Thinking of booking that weekend getaway or splurging on an overseas holiday? Well give up that daily coffee and you might just have it sooner than you think. Here in Perth we have some of the most expensive coffee in Australia, so it's not just your body that will thank you for giving up - your wallet will be grateful too!
My research has found that a regular Cappuccino from a well known coffee haunt is $5.20. One of these five times per week will set you back $26.00. It may not seem like a big deal but over the course of the year this is an extra $1,352 in your pocket! To me I equate everything with traveling and that comes to one return flight to Europe - I know which I'd rather!
These are just some of the amazing things that can happen if you stop drinking coffee. There are heaps of other benefits like better quality of sleep, no more hand jitters, less strain on the heart muscles and so on....so.... should you quit? Well that's up to you to decide! If you find that you're becoming a slave to your coffee cup, maybe it's time to assess and see what it's doing to you!
Love & Light
xx Sandra Stoitis xx