The Answer to Your Coffee Addiction
Over 90 per cent of adults in the Western World consume caffeine daily.
My husband is one of these people.
He works a fast paced stressful job and he needs a boost of energy to get his work day started. But, because he is highly addicted, one missed cup of coffee gives him withdrawal symptoms. It's like a serious case of the man flu for three solid days with symptoms like headaches, tiredness, brain fog and irritability. Even though we've tried serval times to get him off coffee, he wants to try again as he isn't fond of the idea of being dependent on it in order to function properly.
So I'm here to help my husband and you, if this is you, get healthy, get off coffee and offer you a solution (that hopefully won't hurt).
Firstly, you need to read the five reasons why you should quit drinking coffee. This is a separate blog post, which you can read HERE. I was also very brave and made a YouTube Video to explain how coffee affects your adrenal system. Here's the video :)
Let's get real about caffeine
It's important to consider your caffeine habits and get honest with yourself about how drinking coffee affects you.
- Do you find yourself reaching for coffee rather than nourishing your body with food?
- Does it make your heart race or give you the shakes?
- Do you have poor quality sleep because of how much caffeine you consume?
- Does it leave you feeling flat and make you crave unhealthy foods?
Maybe giving up coffee is the next step in your health journey. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised by how much more energy you will have without coffee in your life!
Whether you want to wean from coffee slowly or go cold turkey, it will be hard. But what if you could swap your coffee for a cup of tea that's not only going to help you get you off coffee, but also add minerals and vitamins to your body, rather than take them out.
Matcha green tea is what you've been looking for! It's a special variety of green tea that is a far more nourishing way to start your day.
Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and chlorophyll. One cup of matcha is reported to have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and over 100 times the antioxidants!
Not only this, matcha has also been known to enhance concentration and focus, increase energy, boost immunity, and even elevate mood and an inner calm.
What about Caffeine?
Matcha has approximately 1/3 the caffeine of coffee, with very high levels of the amino acid, L-theanine (which buffers the effect of caffeine!). This perfect balance works to enhance mental alertness, restore your adrenal glands to proper function, and increase energy without the jitters common with coffee consumption. Japanese monks were known to sip matcha tea to help ease their mind for meditation while the subtle caffeine content would create focus.
The differences between matcha and coffee go on and on, but as far as their ability to wake you up in the morning and keep you focused on the task at hand, matcha is the clear winner with both a low dose of caffeine to get you started, and alpha-inducing amino acids to keep you focused and calm throughout the day. - David Shephard, Matcha Zen Blog
This is why Matcha is the perfect substitute for those wanting to quit coffee. If you can't get your hands on Matcha, a good quality organic green tea or dandelion tea may also work as a substitute. Make my Iced Matcha Green Tea here.
Go without coffee!
I am challenging you to a 14-day Coffee Free Challenge - let's see if you can do it.
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