There seem to be a numerous amount of detoxes in this world—skin detox, diet detox, social media detox. The list goes on. But how familiar are you with the word ‘’caffeine detox’’? You might have stumbled across it every now and then, but really how familiar are you? Especially if you’re a heavy caffeine consumer. Truth is, our bodies do work hard doing a ton of detoxification; our livers, kidneys, bladders, digestive system, skin, etc., are all working all the time to rid toxins from our bodies as they enter through environmental and voluntary input. So needless to say, our bodies are in desperate need of some detox.
We know that the idea of separating from our morning coffee for even a small period of time can send some of us spiraling, or even make us react angrily. We get it, it’s your one major vice, you work hard and you deserve it! We won’t take that away from you. However, you must understand that when things are going south health-wise due to something we are consuming, the only way to get better is, you guessed it, a little detox.
According to Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist, said, “Caffeine is a substance whose effects are highly individualized. Because of the uniqueness of each individual’s microbiome, some people react to caffeine— even the smaller amounts in a cup of matcha or green tea—in a way that can be overly stimulating and even cause hyperactivity, stress, or anxiety over time.’’ She then continued, “Caffeine can give us a ‘boost’ in our alertness and focus, but leave us with an all-too-familiar ‘crash’ when it wears off. And if you’re getting your caffeine from energy-boosting or focus/alertness beverages on the market, you may be overloading yourself with both caffeine and added sugar.’’ That’s quite a lot of voluntary input on the daily that our bodies have to reckon with.
“However, refraining from caffeine for a designated amount of time, or in essence, a detox, can eventually provide individuals with a sense of calm, improve sleep, and reduce feelings of anxiety,” she says. “Depending on each individual’s sensitivity, abstaining from caffeine can provide us with an improved sense of natural stimulation and recognition of body intelligence, one of my pillars of nutritional psychiatry. “When we remove ourselves from the cycle of ‘powering up’ and crashing (often followed by another burst of caffeine), we are best able to tap into our body’s needs, and choose to fill up our proverbial cup with nourishing food, adequate sleep, and a vibrant lifestyle. Yes, get it? Now you better switch for some good herbal tea, instead.