WAAAHHHHHHH! I’ve been wanting to quit caffeine for a long time now and I just haven’t been able to do it. Let’s face it, I’m totally addicted to coffee. My friend Amber Dellich started a “30-day cut the caffeine & alcohol challenge” group on Facebook and I joined! Maybe you would like to join too! I have been able to quit drinking for a day but I quickly end up going back to it. I’m only on day 3 and so far, I am feeling the withdraw symptoms pretty bad. I am experiencing splitting headaches. They are bad and it makes me want to sleep. This sleepy feeling is my adrenals catching up. When I drink coffee I’m not getting any energy from it as coffee has zero calories. The caffeine in the coffee taps into your adrenal glands and uses your back up batteries leaving you extra tired. The only way to properly regenerate nerve energy is through sleep. So let’s just say that if you play then you’re going to have to pay. To be honest, I don’t ever want to feel like this again and these withdrawal symptoms makes me want to permanently quit drinking caffeine. My body will feel sleepy until my adrenal glands have recovered.
Your adrenal glands are a part of your endocrine system. Your body works as a whole therefore it is impossible to impact only your adrenal glands and not any of the other glands in your endocrine system. The other glands in your endocrine system are: hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, the ovaries and the testes. The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete chemicals called hormones to help your body function properly. Hormones are chemical signals that coordinate a range of bodily functions. If your hormones are out of wack, then caffeine can be throwing them off balance. There is so much to learn about the endocrine system but I want to stay on topic:)
I’ve been studying Natural Hygiene for awhile now and caffeine is a no no. One reason why is that caffeine is an acidic drink. Our blood wants to maintain a slightly alkaline pH at around 7.4. Coffee’s pH is around a 4.5. Some caffeinated soft drinks like Coke is at 2.52 which is very acidic! Your body has five primary alkalizing minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese and Iron. When you drink or eat acidic foods your body dissolves it’s alkaline minerals to neutralize the blood pH to maintain homeostasis. Essentially your body is dissolving it’s bones where most of these minerals are stored into the bloodstream. Then your liver and kidney’s have to clean the blood which uses nerve energy which is what Natural Hygienist would call enervating. These minerals re-formulate in the kidney’s into kidney stones and we pee out our bones. People with Osteoporosis, Anemia or many other diseases would benefit from eliminating all acidic foods while simultaneously eating alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables. Top acidic foods are meat, dairy, teas, coffees, alcohol, etc. Top alkaline foods are your greens except spinach, chard, mustard greens and beet greens because they contain oxalic acid in them creating that acidic effect. This rolls into a much bigger topic about which foods are acidic or not but we’ll leave that for another post. I simply wanted to explain why giving up caffeine is beneficial because most caffeinated drinks are acidic. Stop putting acidic things into the body that your body has to clean up later. Conserve your nerve energy for your sports.
Clean Blood, Neutral pH
When your body dissolves it’s bones to neutralize the blood pH then it can cause arthritis. Let me explain, your body wants to clean the blood all the time. If there are extra minerals in the blood then the body puts them into the places that cause the least damage, your joints. It is also common for calcium deposits to build up in the feet leaving hard bone growths on the feet. This extra calcium build up can also come from your water supply. Distilled water is best because your body can only absorb organic minerals from plants. Inorganic minerals are plant food, then the plant change the molecular structure into a format that the human body can easily assimilate. Ideally you are only drinking distilled water when thirsty. When you are eating a lot of fruits and vegetables then you may drink less as there is a lot of hydration in these foods. The more that you cook your foods then the more water you may be drinking since cooking evaporates most of the water from foods.
Caffeine is a Diuretic
Another reason is that caffeine is a diuretic. It drains the water in your body leaving you feeling dehydrated. I know this to be true as I race to the bathroom after my morning coffee’s. It’s an irritant on the bladder that can make you have to urinate more frequently and more urgently. If you have this issue, then quitting can help. You need that hydration so you don’t get constipated. The water in your body helps to flush things on through. If you want a flatter looking stomach then you want to stay hydrated so that you are literally not “full of shit”. I know it’s gross but it’s true. Move the poo on out! Think easy in easy out foods all the time so you are not carrying around anything extra. The toxins that are in the stool can get re-absorbed back into the blood stream if they are stuck in the intestines waiting to move on out. Stay hydrated and avoid diuretics to have a healthier digestive system.
Bottom line, I’ve known about these facts for a long time and I have wanted to quit but I needed some encouragement. Many times we have emotional attachments to our addictions. I have lots of memories drinking coffee on the train with my dad and my mom making it for me in the mornings, amongst other things. My friend Amber is certainly a good encouragement. My mom makes coffee for herself every morning and is happy to make more for me if I want it. It’s really me who has to learn how to have the discipline to resist. If she doesn’t want to change then that’s her choice and I have to respect it. However, I do wish she would quit soda and coffee as she regularly has painful kidney stones and she just had a surgery where a stint broke up a large kidney stone into smaller ones so they could pass. Lead by example, I have to go first and be strong:) . I know I’ll feel a lot better letting it go. If you are inspired by this post then please join the group, 30-day cut the caffeine & alcohol challenge, on Facebook. If you aren’t ready to kick the habit then just know that I understand and I love you guys anyway! Thank you beautiful Amber for inspiring me:) I love you guys. Peace, Light and Good Luck!