What I experienced when I reduced the amount of coffee I was drinking… Now before you click away, thinking to yourself “This chick is crazy”. Let me begin by saying I LOVE coffee. I love the smell, the taste, the colour, drinking it socially, or simply within the comforts of my own home.

However for me personally (and I am sure many others out there can relate to this), my love of coffee over the last 12 months has grown from me simply enjoying a hot beverage from time to time, to it being a complete part of my daily life. I go to bed excited to wake up because I know I will be going past my favourite coffee shop for my daily pick me up. I believe it is a great and healthy thing to have excitement for the things we enjoy in life.  Unfortunately though, due to the amount of coffee I had been consuming, it was starting to take a toll on my overall health. Here is a list of some of the negative side effects I had been experiencing, just to name a few.

  • Fatigue (Particularly in the afternoons once my morning pick me up has warn off)
  • Inability to settle down for sleep at night despite feeling fatigued
  • Increased body odour
  • Inflammation
  • Heart palpitations/ Anxiety
  • Headaches

There were and are plenty more negative effects that I could list, however I chose to limit it to fatigue, increased body odour, inflammation, sleep restlessness, anxiety, and headaches, because I experienced these effects the most. People have also been known to experience various other negative effects of excessive coffee intake such as;

Negative Side Effects of Coffee: 

  • Body odour
  • Inflammation (Bee pollen can be a great way to reduce inflammation in the body)
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty sleeping/ Insomnia
  • Coffee dependency
  • Fatigue
  • Low moods/mood swings
  • Skin itchiness
  • Digestive issues
  • Muscle breakdown
  • High blood pressure

What I Experienced The First Five Days Of Detox:

  • Day 1 – Tiredness (All I wanted to do was sleep on the couch) and mood swings (I was very much on edge throughout the day to say the least)
  • Day 2 – Chronic headache, tiredness, muscle aches, and I noticed a little bit of shakiness.
  • Day 3 – Mild headache, slight tiredness in the afternoon, heart palpitations stopped, and more energy overall.
  • Day 4 – No more fatigue, no more headaches, inflammation going down drastically.
  • Day 5 – My energy levels completely balanced out, as well as the inflammation within in my had almost completely cleared.

After day five I felt completely like my old self and just about all of the negative side effects I was feeling due to the coffee had ceased. I also found that the addictive craving I typically had for coffee had ceased and I no longer had the overwhelming desire for and no longer needed my morning pick me up. Overall the positive benefits of this decision to reduce the amount of coffee I consume, have been amazing for my overall health and well being.

Positive Benefits Of Reducing Coffee Intake:

  • No more body odour
  • Clearer hydrated skin
  • No more anxiety
  • No more heart palpitations
  • My energy
  • More productive
  • Clearer Mind

TIP: If you make the decision to reduce the amount of coffee you are consuming, allow yourself one to two days at home to give your body time to rest. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water (at least two litres) also to assist your body during its time of detox.

Now as I leave you to ponder this, let me just clarify that I do not intend on never drinking coffee again because I believe it is so important to have a healthy balance with the things that you love. I know if I felt like I could never have coffee again it would leave me resenting having a healthy lifestyle, however I have made the decision to now only consume one to two coffees per week maximum! And I no longer buy a medium or large coffee. I stick to purchasing a small. It’s enough for me to enjoy what I love, however not leave me feeling the negative benefits that I was experiencing prior to me detoxing coffee from my body.

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