We are not an anti-coffee company. Why? Because high-quality, organic coffee in responsible doses can be beneficial for the brain (IF you metabolize caffeine well.) So we will never take the stance of being against coffee! It’s also so rich in culture. In fact, many of our potion peeps drink one or two cups a day, plus their potion(s.)
HOWEVER. Caffeine can be a real problem as many people are addicted to it. It’s a problem because it can disrupt your life in specific ways in which you don’t want… YET- you just can’t seem to break the habit. Potentially it can even be dangerous to your physical and/or mental health if you really overdo it. But even just simple setbacks with caffeine (which we will discuss) is worth getting over and working through.
If you’ve come to this article, you’ve likely made the decision to take a break or give up coffee (or caffeine) completely.
CONGRATS. You got this. Step one, believe that you can! Right? Believe that you can!
And the rest? We’ve got you covered in this article if you want to try our method. It’s not medical advice, but it should get you jump started with your research! If you need instant rewards to look forward to: Read up on the benefits that drinking less (or no) coffee can offer.
But let’s get into it.
When excess caffeine can becomes too much
Again this is not medical advice, just a mere observation and intentional reporting on our end.
As a company, We believe that a caffeine addiction is a true problem if one would experience withdrawal symptoms should they choose to quit. So if you’re like, “cutting caffeine is really going to suck”... Well, again congrats, because you’re going up against a true problem for yourself and finding a solution! Withdrawals can be both physical and mental, by the way.
The New England Journal of Medicine stated that withdrawal symptoms could range from: lethargy, headache, muscle pain or stiffness, and dysphoric mood changes-- aka general dissatisfaction or feelings of unease. The mean consumption of this study was about 235mg a day, which is about two cups, but according to the National Coffee Association, the average America drinks over 3 cups of coffee per day! So these withdrawal symptoms came from people usually drinking 2-3 cups a day.
One could theorize (but this is not in the study) that people’s caffeine metabolizing genes also play a big role here. Meaning, what is 235mg to one person, could be feel like 135mg to another.
The ever so popular WebMD concludes that while caffeine withdrawal symptoms might be a pain in the butt (our words), the symptoms are not dangerous. So that’s good.
But nonetheless, we should check our caffeine dependence from time to time. Which clearly you are doing right now!
Do we NEED coffee/caffeine to function? Do we fixate on it until we get it? Is it making us anxious throughout the day? Is it affecting performance in certain areas in a negative way? Is our sleep starting to suck?
All things to check on when it comes to you and your caffeine usage.
Potential Coffee Detox Side Effects
- Hard time concentrating - You’re probably using coffee to get that boost of energy and focus it provides. So reducing your intake will take a toll on your productivity the first couple of weeks. Accept it! You can still be productive.
- Headaches - These are the most common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. Caffeine causes blood vessels in the brain to constrict and slow blood flow. Reducing your caffeine consumption can cause more blood to be sent to your brain causing headaches as your brain adapts to the increase in blood flow.
- Fatigue - This one is obvious given how we all use caffeine. As we reach for coffee over and over we become dependent on caffeine for our energy which means our body needs to adapt when we give it up. You’ll likely feel more tired at first. Be willing for things to get harder before they get better (And not just better but way better than before!)
- Tremors - While these are the least common of the symptoms, for those who drink a lot of coffee, going cold turkey can cause themselves to become jittery. These tremors usually occur in the hands and should only persist 2 days to a week.
How to detox yourself from that overly-caffeinated life
Well great, those symptoms sound like a lot of fun. *eyeroll* But don’t feel discouraged, we’re going to give you some actionable tips and even walk you through your first 5 days of detoxing without coffee.
1. You gotta be mentally firm
You are (at least for a while) going to avoid your standard coffee and even teas (like yerba mate and matcha) that have a ton of caffeine in it. Tell yourself, these are off-limits, but there are other amazing things I will put in its place that will serve me in a greater way when it comes to dopamine boosts and energy.
Research shows us (we love this from Stanford University) that our minds can change reality. Tell yourself: It’s going to be good! I’m looking forward to this change. Instead of, this sucks… I’m going to be miserable. The mind can shape the reality you are about to have without your coffee. Take advantage! Know the power of your mind.
2. Tell yourself that it’s possible withdrawal symptoms are going to happen
And sometimes things need to get worse before they get better. Accept the toughness of this. Accept the challenge! Strive for that freedom of not needing heavy caffeine to power you through the day. You can also biohack it just right so that the withdrawal symptoms are less or even non-existent (depending on how severe your addiction is) but be willing to accept the challenge!
The rest of this list are active tips to take to minimize withdrawal.
3. GO SLOW
There is no need to go cold turkey. If you do, that’s fine. But if you can cut back slowly… why wouldn’t you do that? Make it easier on yourself. There really is no need to rip off the bandaid here. Unless you really are that “all or nothing” kind of person, then we respect that too. A good plan: If you usually have 3 cups of coffee, drop to two cups of coffee for a week. Then one cup of coffee for a week. Then half a cup for the following week (or half caf.) Then completely switch to your potion. ;) JK… but not really. So many reasons to drink a potion. But we digress!!
Go as slow as you can and remember that caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. Just because it’s normalized, doesn’t mean it can’t be a real addiction. With real addictions and getting off the “drug” can come withdrawal symptoms, and going slow can greatly minimize this.
4. For headaches, look to anti-inflammatory foods for relief
Things like turmeric and ginger. While excedrin might look fine and dandy, over time (and even acutely) that’s not great for your liver. Also, excedrin tends to have caffeine in it. But in NSAIDs in general, talk to your doctor about it but we encourage avoiding it when you can. During the first week of detoxing caffeine is the time to consume veggies, healthy fats, seeds, etc. Keep those meals as BALANCED as possible (healthy fat, healthy carb, healthy protein!) And be more diligent with nutrient dense meals than you usually are. Right now is time for the extra care! Make no mistake about it, the right kind of food can lower inflammation. The effort to make that happen is worth it.
What’s causing those headaches is inflammation stemming from withdrawal. Fuel yourself. Consume anti-inflammatory foods. You deserve this.
5. Do not forget to hydrate
You know that caffeine withdrawal is a big cause of headaches. You know what else is a big cause of headaches? Not getting enough water. Lack of hydration.
You’re already going to be doing all you can for the caffeine withdrawal-- make it easier for yourself and get plenty of water. Half the ounces of your body weight is usually sufficient but everyone is vastly different. Chances are you know how much you need to feel great. It’s just a matter of if you actually drink that much or not! This week, drink that much. :) But you want to make sure you are getting plenty of minerals too so you can hydrate on a cellular level. Every now and then throw some celtic salt into your water.
But drink up!
6. Take note of your adrenal’s state of wellbeing, lean on adaptogens
Hello! This is why potions were born! To help strengthen and soothe your adrenals, especially through the use of adaptogens. Too much caffeine is incredibly taxing on the adrenals. Adaptogens are nourishing for the adrenals.
Adaptogens are plants that have been scientifically proven to help support your HPA axis. That’s the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenals. They all work together to help regulate stress, emotions, etc. All three points play a role in you being in a state of fight or flight (sympathetic mode) or rest and digest (parasympathetic mode.) You want to easily slip into rest and digest as often as you can. So it’s good to be supportive and thoughtful of your HPA axis!
A healthy adrenal function allows you to do more easily access parasympathic mode. This would look like a calmer (but more internally energized) you. A more relaxed you. But not tired! Doesn’t that sound so nice?
Healthy adrenals = more natural energy and less reliance on caffeine. Be in a long term relationship with adaptogens and see how your emotional spikes start to soften, and your natural energy starts to come back to you.
7. Drink a Violet Fog Potion
We think potions are so much more than just a coffee alternative. They nourish your adrenals. They are like brain fertilizers. They are supportive of the immune system and they provide such a nice dopamine boost like you would get from coffee. It’s an earthy chocolate flavor with no sweeteners (you can add your own if you’d like) and it’s meant to be sipped slowly.
No fillers or artificial crap either! Like why add that? It’s so unnecessary.
We want you to be feeling GREAT after drinking a potion.
Most people getting off caffeine are trying to be more present and find more calm moments throughout the day. They need this calmness but without feeling tired… Potions come into play here. It is the most gentle pick me up, nourishes the adrenals, and the act of drinking a potion encourages you to SLOW DOWN just for five minutes. Bonus if you stretch right after for a few minutes, it feels amazing.
5 Day Gentle Detox From Coffee
According to a paper published by Drexel University, symptoms typically peak between 20 and 51 hours. Fortunately, we’re going to help you get through this time. For this protocol, you’ll need a few things:
1 - Violet Fog Potion
2 - C-B-D (Don’t want to get censored)
3 - Ginger Root + Turmeric Root
4 - Decaf Coffee (optional)
Day One - Drink your coffee… but start 60 minutes later than you normally would have it and have your last cup 60 minutes earlier than you would normally stop.
Day Two - Drink your first cup of coffee at the same time as day one and consume 25% less coffee than you normally would. Our suggestion would be to drink a Potion instead of your afternoon coffee.
Day Three - Ok, things might start getting harder here. We recommend hydrating extra on this day. Also, this would be a great day to add CBD into your routine for inflammation. Can also pair it with your afternoon potion as it can help with headache discomfort.
Today you’re going to drink 50% less coffee than normal. Definitely lean in on the potion. The cacao we use will give you a nice blissful boos, the maca will help boost your mood and energy and the reishi mushroom will help with any mal-ease of nerves.
Day Four - You’re over the hump. You’re going to drink 75% less coffee today than you normally do. Stick to your potions!
Again, hydrate as much as possible and use CBD when needed to help with headaches.
Day Five - Drink only a potion today or decaf coffee if you really want some. You did it, you’re first day with no caffeine. Give yourself a pat on the back.
You need to decide if this is going to be the life for you. Is this something you want to stick with? Or is this something where perhaps you want to cut back to one cup per day now that you’ve shown yourself you can go completely without?
Really by WEEK TWO is when your full energy starts to return. Maybe sooner! So keep that in mind as well.
When you find adaptogens and rejuvenating foods that really work for you, you’ll be less likely to reach for more caffeine because you won’t need it. And think of all those added benefits of your adaptogens! A powerful food indeed.