Why would you give up coffee? For many reasons. Here’s why I did a while ago and why I have just done it again.
I was getting bad hot flushes, and I know caffeine doesn’t help. I also wasn’t sleeping well, you guessed it – caffeine.
Some people metabolise caffeine well and others don’t. I guess I don’t.
Have you ever tried to give up something you love, tried to change a habit you’ve had for years? It’s not easy, is it?
That’s because your brain doesn’t like to think, it’d much rather keep doing what it’s always been doing – getting you through your day easily.
Then one day you say to yourself “That’s it! Today’s the day!” And your brain revolts. You start arguing with yourself about how this thing you’re trying to change isn’t the problem in the first place and there’s got to be a magic pill you could take to stop your symptoms.
No! Not a caffeine one! Lol!
So why is caffeine not a great idea, and how does it affect hot flushes?
Caffeine is a stimulant, and so has an affect on your adrenal glands. It fires you up and tells the adrenals to produce adrenaline.
That adrenaline rushes through your body and puts you on high alert. Now you’re ready to fight that tiger! Or run away. Whatever you choose.
But there is no tiger, only a stressful day ahead, which keeps you on high alert until you come back home and have a glass of wine to relax.
The majority of women have tired adrenals from this constant stress by the time they get to menopause. Consequently their hormones are out of whack.
Here’s a brief outline how these hormonal imbalances have happened:
Caffeine is not the only cause of hot flushes, but it is one that is easy to address. Hitting your adrenals every day with a stimulant like this is certainly not going to help you.
It’s one of the things you can change in your life to gain back some energy, possibly even sanity!
Start with cutting back. Drink 3 cups now? Then have 2 for a few days and taper down from there. Know that you may get headaches, or feel crabby, or have no energy.
These symptoms won’t last, and you may find you start to have less severe hot flushes, as well as start sleeping better, and feel generally calmer.
And your adrenals will thank you by starting to do what they are meant to do.
If you’re keen to give this a go, then here are some alternatives for you – The Best Alternatives To Coffee
Other things you can look at are your food quality – is it real, whole food? Are you eating processed food? Are you drinking alcohol? Are you having too many starchy carbs?
Do you drink enough water?
Changing anything takes time, so you won’t see results immediately. But if you stick at it you will notice things are different.
Knowing why you want to change can help a lot. Why do you want to change? What is important in your life? For me it was the hot flushes. I had had enough.
For you, it may be the same or it may be different.
So, find your why and go from there. Keep that Why in the front of your mind when you feel pulled back into your old habit. Ask yourself “If I am wanting [insert your Why here], then does doing [this action] help or hinder my progress?”
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