7 Reasons to Kick Your Coffee Habit

“Do we have to give up coffee?”

This is one of the most frequent questions we get from our newbie cleansers. And, unfortunately we have to be the bearer of bad news because after all this is a cleanse, and when we’re working on resetting the body’s system, part of this involves looking at what we’re dependent on for energy.

coffeeaddiction Although highly addictive, if you read any of the studies out there it quickly becomes confusing as to whether or not 1 cup of coffee a day will help prevent Alzheimer’s and colon cancer or if it’s the reason you can’t sleep, deal with anxiety, depression and even unwanted pounds.

We firmly believe that taking a break from your Americano is not only beneficial, but also extremely empowering. If you can kick your caffeine habit, what else is possible for you and your life? We say it all the time because it’s so true: The foods you love and crave the most are often times the foods causing the most problems in your health.

Below are the top 7 reasons for replacing your beloved latte with a new non-caffeinated morning beverage. And, if you can’t even fathom a day without coffee, then consider it one more reason to take a break from it for a few weeks. Nudge, nudge!

We know this is a hot topic for many people and we want to hear from you. Try it for yourself and tell us what happens. Notice how you feel, that is, after you come off your initial “coffee hangover.” You might just feel like a million bucks and have more energy than you’ve had in a long time.

With caffeine-free kisses,

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P.S. Your caffeine addiction might show up in other forms like diet soda, energy drinks, or black tea, so don’t think you’re off the hook if you’re not a coffee drinker.

7 Reasons to Kick Your Coffee Habit

  • Coffee is acid-forming. Highly acidic, coffee wrecks havoc on your gut, affecting the natural balance of your flora. 80% of our immune system is located in the gut, so you can imagine that when your digestive system out of whack, the rest of you is gonna be out of balance too. For optimal heath, we’re striving for an alkaline state, which means bye-bye acid forming drinks and foods.
  • Coffee is full of chemicals. With all of our focus on the dirty dozen, we often lose sight of our favorite hot drinks, which are laden with nasty toxins. Coffee crops are sprayed heavily with pesticides, especially when imported from other countries.
  • Coffee messes with your vanity. Yes, seriously! Most of us know that coffee is a diuretic, which means that it dehydrates the body. But did you know that dehydration could also lead to premature aging of the skin and kidneys. No thanks! We’d rather have vibrant glowing skin.
  • Coffee leads to unwanted pounds. You’ve probably heard that coffee helps you lose weight. In reality, coffee spikes our blood sugar leading to higher levels of insulin in the body. After the spike in insulin, our blood sugar crashes and thus the nasty cycle begins. The blood sugar roller coaster and high levels of insulin send a signal to store excess sugar as fat. Avoiding the muffin top might be your motivation to ditch the coffee, but the way you feel when you kick the habit…priceless.
  • Coffee strips your body of key vitamins. Maybe your thinking, “vitamins, schmitamins.” But here’s the deal, too much coffee depletes your supply of B vitamins, which is your natural source of energy. Caffeine also causes the body to dump other key nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. Have I made my case yet?
  • Coffee can affect your mood. Instead of boosting your mood, caffeine actually produces stress hormones, which can trigger anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Most of us are already running around in a state of “fight or flight,” so ditching coffee is essential for helping us stay calm in our stressful lives.
  • Coffee is void of nutrients. One of the key principles of the Conscious Cleanse is to focus on nutrient-dense food. Not only does coffee deplete the body of nutrients, it’s got nothing to give us in exchange short of a very temporary pick me up. Enough said! Coffee you’re fired!
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  • Annette

    Does this include decaf coffee during the cleanse?

    • Julie Peláez

      No decaf on the cleanse. It’s super acidic, oftentimes highly processed and still has a small amount of caffeine it. Use decaf to step down and off of the stronger stuff. Great question!

  • Janet Kovacs

    I’m on day 3 (pre-cleanse) without my morning java. It’s tough – and does feel like a hangover, but each day the head hurts less for a shorter period.
    Had to take Advil day 1, but yesterday and today I’ve had a green smoothie and am able to manage the withdrawal. (My mantra for myself has become no whining :)

    • Jo Schaalman
      Jo Schaalman

      Coffee withdrawal can be super tough! Hang in there and be sure to drink tons of water to help flush it out faster. Maybe treat yourself to a hot Epsom salt bath and dunk your head under to help relieve the headache, too. I love your mantra, you’ve got this! :)

    • Jonathan M

      I recommend that you eat liver from pasture raised, free range cows. It replaces the vitanins and minerals that coffee takes away.

      • Jo and Jules
        Jo and Jules

        That’s not a bad idea when not cleansing, Jonathan. Thank you for your comment.

  • Angela Ierardi

    I’m the second day of my 3 day detox cleanse and I have to confess I had a cup yesterday and a 1/2 cup today. Otherwise have stayed completely on track- have I reversed the affects of my cleanse?

    • Jo Schaalman
      Jo Schaalman

      That’s ok Angela! You have absolutely not reversed the effects of the cleanse. Think about all of the healthy practices that you’ve incorporated into your life. A little bit of coffee won’t change the results of the cleanse for you. Ask yourself what you really needed when you drank the coffee. Try to find out what was driving that decision…were you tired, stressed, or sad? Use this as a learning opportunity! Most of all be gentle and kind with yourself. You’re doing great!!

  • Janice Hogeboom

    Is there another hot drink( it’s a comfort thing for me)? That you use to get over the caffeine urge?

    • Jo and Jules
      Jo and Jules

      Hi Janice, Thank you for reaching out and great question. The “comfort” that the morning cup of joe offers is very common hurdle many struggle with. To answer your question, YES, we do offer another hot beverage in place of coffee. We’ve partnered with The Tea Spot for a Conscious Cleanse line of teas. These are all designed for the cleanser in mind. Most of them are herbal except we do offer one green tea for those who are scaling back their caffeine intake. You can find them here: http://bit.ly/ConsciousCleanseTea We hope you enjoy them! XO, Jo & Jules

  • Marjoire Johnson

    My husband has nutritional deficiencies we are finding due to the terrible sciatic nerve pains that come and go. He used to be a binge alcohol drinker for a while and used to drink quite a bit of beer a very long time ago, for much of his life.
    I think he has a severe B vitamin deficiency. I gave him one of my B complex capsules last night..he was complaining of the nerve pains and bone pains.
    He loves pleasure and loves to drink coffee. He has cut way back on the caffeine. I am not sure if getting him decaf will help the situation and nutritional deficiencies.

    • Jo and Jules
      Jo and Jules

      Hi Marjoire, Thank you for reaching out. Vitamin B deficiencies are common with those who drink/drank alcohol heavily. So you may be on to something there. We can’t say whether decaf would be better. Decaf still contains caffeine as well as 2 other stimulants that regular contains as well. You may want to see a holistic physician who can run a nutrient panel and further investigate this. He may also try doing a cleanse with us. Our whole food cleanses are a great way to cleanse the body and boost nutrient levels. The next cleanse starts March 8 and you can find out more here: http://consciouscleanse.com/programs/.

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