Did you know that consumers spend more than $150 billion/year on coffee consumption?
Being such a commodity, I can now understand why there are so many studies being performed on the effects of caffeine. I also realize where America runs on Dunkin and there is literally a Starbucks coffee shop like every 150 ft in Boston.
Hello, my name is Nicole and I am a coffee addict.
How do I know this? Well, I have been dealing with digestive problems for the past four years. Frequent and disruptive bouts of heartburn with the occasional lunge out of sleep in the middle of the night after nearly swallowing the vomit I heaved up during my sleep! Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
Fearful of that possible night when I don’t wake up while literally vomiting in my sleep, and instead, choking to death on it, I decided to do a little internet research.
Yep, coffee is definitely killing me!
Ever hear of this wonderful thing called Adrenal Fatigue? Here are some of the common symptoms of it:
- black under your eyes
- can’t wake up in the morning (even with caffeine)
- exhausted after work out or exercise
- sore in joints, neck
- gut problems
- the feeling of being overwhelmed by daily tasks that once were not so daunting
I think I honestly have EVERY ONE of those symptoms. And if that was not enough, after one angry (but accurate) morning weigh in, the realization hit, I needed to lose about 40 to 50 pounds!
So what am I going to do?
For one thing – I am going to have to TOUGH OUT the withdrawal period. From what my research has shown, it will take approximately 3-4 weeks before I stop wanting to rip everyone’s heads off. I have also read that the pounding headaches should cease at some point during weeks 2-3. Finally, if I survive the next 3-4 weeks, I will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes as a stress-free, smaller wasted, and fewer episodes of sleeping like a college girl who drank too much at the Frat house party!
How will I accomplish this?
I am going to try a natural replacement for my morning coffee ritual offers the following benefits:
- Temporarily helps promote alertness and endurance when you start to feel tired
- Helps to further support cognitive performance when combined with Mind Health
- Contains 55 mg of naturally derived caffeine
- Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals
- Low-calorie, and features natural flavors, cane sugar, and stevia
- Formulated without artificial flavors or colors
I will keep a journal of my coffee detox that will document my mood, my energy level, and my weight. If ALL three of these items are even remotely tipped toward the favorable side of the scale, then I am SOLD.
Moral of the story. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Use common sense when using caffeinated products. If you are finding you can’t fall asleep at night, don’t drink coffee after noon and see if that helps. If you find that after a few cups of coffee, you feel anxious, try cutting back. Find your sweet spot. And, finally, consult with your doctor about whether your health is at risk by drinking coffee.