I am just back from the yogic yoga & health retreat and feel incredibly amazing, lighter, brighter and somehow uplifted. (My husband Will even said that I was glowing when I came back home!). 

Because of the detox headache some of my retreaters (and myself) experienced, we discussed one possible reason for that, the caffeine story, quite extensively. 

Eliminating or reducing caffeine out of our diet is also part of the present #30days2cLean challenge were I introduce the challenger to gradual habitual changes for a cleaner (and leaner) life that will support their yoga practice and their emotional, spiritual and physical complexion.

Have a look how caffeine can influence your whole being (holistic health wise and weigh loss related) and how you can reduce or eliminate it for good: 

What is does: 

  • Caffeine is acid-forming. To be healthy and glowing we want to eat foods that help us to raise alkalinity of our blood and body. 
  • Caffeine can deplete you of nutrients. Heavy coffee or black tea consumption can result in vitamin B deficiency. Which can make us feel fatigued, achy and nervous. Nutrients can't be absorbed effectively in our small intestines, which may lead to more nutritional deficiency. 
  • Dark circles under the eyes and sweet cravings? Caffeine stresses the adrenals. It can irritate the lining of the stomach and promotes gastric acidity. So we secrete adrenaline, which stimulates insulin secretion, which then can turn into hypoglycemia. If you experience dips in energy, moodiness or your are craving sweets a few hours after you had your last chai latte, you might be able to connect the dots now. 
  • Too much caffeine can overload the liver which effects its ability to efficiently burn fat and cleanse other toxins in our system. Which then impedes us having clean blood and the ability to regenerate and grow healthy tissue.  
  • Too much caffeine increases our levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is linked to excess fat storage, especially around our bellies.
   

Caffeine and yoga: 
You wonder why you feeling stiff at your 6 pm yoga class? Remember the cup of black tea in the morning, during morning tea, at lunch and maybe after work with your friend? Coffee is a diuretic, which means it takes water out of your body. Up to 70% of our body is water. You draw the conclusion.                        

Yoga practice is about balance and riding the waves of the mind in order to be able to listen to our intuitive spirit, our light that (we know) is our real guide. May it be sugar, coffee or other stimulants, they create an electrical roller coaster in our nervous system, which makes it definitely harder to achieve yoga - union. 


How to let go off caffeine :
Be quick! Let it go. I know, you love it (so do I) but really, that you can't give it up is your own story you are telling yourself. And you can change this story. (I do love surfboards, but I don't buy them all the time. It is just too expensive and there are many other things I like to spend my money on. I am trying to find a balance.) If you change your inner script about coffee, you can change your caffeine habit to the better and be able to reduce or even completely eliminate it out of your life. Yes, you can! 


Be mindful. Expect symptoms of caffeine withdrawals (and a pretty good evidence how toxic caffeine really is): 
Headaches, sleepiness, irritability, lethargy, constipation, muscle pain/stiffness, lack of concentration, flu-like symptoms and insomnia. Don't worry: THIS WILL LEAVE YOU AFTER ONE OR TWO DAYS. Trust me here you will feel amamamaaaaazing. 


Alternatives to getting a caffeine hit on an energy slump:

  • Drink water. Often times tiredness is related to dehydration. 
  • Replenish with coconut water. You haven't tried it yet? Coconut water rehydrates you and helps you over the energy slump, letting you fly over possible sugar cravings. 
  • Exercise. Get out and inhale some fresh air. Go for a walk, a swim or just hop on your mini trampoline! 
  • Sleep. Sometimes a rest is better running on artificial fuel to push through the day. 


What helps you for mental clarity?

  • Ginseng: Ginseng has been used to reduce depression an stress. It helps you to feel more awake and alert. 
  • Yerba Mate as a transition drink: Yerba Mate has a similar chemical compound as caffeine in coffee but with fewer negative side effects. Studies have even shown that it reduces anxiety and insomnia. 
  • Vitamin B12: is know for its mental and energy enhancing properties. 

I wish you well and hope to inspire you to try it out. Let go of caffeine and let me know how you go.

I am so honoured to have you being part of the tribe. Remember, if you liked this content, feel free to share this article with your family, friends and those who would benefit from it. 
Sara Howes
06/23/2013 10:52pm

Your the best alexa :-) love Sara

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