How To Wean Yourself Off Caffeine & Heal Your Adrenals
If eliminating caffeine sounds like a death sentence; especially for those who either need the caffeine to get going in the morning, or just love the taste of a nice hot “cuppa” as part of a morning routine… this is a must read!
Caffeine is a well-established anxiety producing stimulant, so when you have adrenal fatigue syndrome, it’s worth at least moderating your caffeine intake and trying to reduce it over time. You may find that you need less caffeine than you think to get going on a daily basis, and you may end up with more energy and less anxiety if you don’t overload your nervous system with this potent stimulant.
The good news is that cutting down on caffeine doesn’t require total elimination of all caffeinated beverages. In fact, going “cold turkey” on caffeine can actually lead to an increase in mental distress and symptomatic anxiety.
Caffeine withdrawal is a legitimate condition, and one that many of our clients experience when they attempt a sudden cut of caffeine consumption. They usually feel like they have been hit by a truck, and it’s not just the emotional attachment to coffee causing the problems; there are REAL symptoms that come from a sudden removal of caffeine.
Instead of going cold turkey on your morning cuppa, try reducing the overall caffeine you consume on a regular basis by half. Maybe that means going from 6 cups of coffee per day to 3, or try switching out one or two cups of regular for decaf coffee or green tea instead.
Continue to cut down by half every few days until you’re ready to stop drinking caffeine or happy with 1 up. Doing it slow and steady will help you avoid the uncomfortable caffeine withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced.
Bunny Approved Caffeine Alternatives
If you miss having a hot drink in the morning once you quit coffee, here are some of my favourite (mostly) caffeine-free alternatives:
• Dandy Blend – Features the health benefits of dandelion and the rich, full- bodied flavor, smoothness and texture of real coffee.
• Chicory Root Tea – Chicory is the most popular coffee alternative in France. French coffee is famous for its smooth, less acidic flavor because approximately 30% of French coffee is roasted chicory root.
• Rooibos Tea – High in antioxidants and caffeine free, rooibos is thought to assist with nervous tension, allergies, and digestive problems.
• Matcha Green Tea – Contains Caffeine. May be appropriate for those who are more caffeine tolerant and want a high anti-oxidant, slightly caffeinated beverage.
• Hot Water with Lemon – Nothing more simple than this!