In all the dietary recommendations in my Nutritional Pathology book. One thing for sure is to give up coffee, tea and caffeinated beverages. Caffeine is an artificial stimulant that dehydrates you. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, caffeine is the first thing off your list and water is the first thing on it. There is actually something called a caffeine withdrawal headache. I don't know about you, but if you are actually having withdrawal symptoms from a beverage, that can't be good for you.
Coffee is also the worst thing to drink first thing in the morning. You are already dehydrated from your sleep and all the metabolic clean up that is done during sleep. You want to flush out these metabolic toxins with a big glass of purified, room temperature water. This will help to support your liver and kidneys and get things moving in the morning. When you are drinking your first glass of water in the morning you will be surprised how truly thirsty you are.
I know you are thinking...that's easy to say but I'm still not giving up my coffee. You are probably also thinking, what does she know about this coffee withdrawal thing. I would have agreed with you if I hadn't experienced it for myself. I have had a long love affair with coffee. It was only when I did a five day juice cleanse and was caffeine free that I experienced caffeine withdrawal headaches.
Surprisingly, by giving up caffeine entirely, you have better mental clarity, more energy and sleep so much better. It is also good if you have stress in your life with adrenal fatigue or if you have any inflammation issues as caffeine is highly acidic. You can drink all the herbal teas you can stomach hot or cold. You can start weaning yourself off caffeine with a good quality organic decaf. Or you can buy this product featured in the picture.
Dandy Blend dandelion tea tastes and looks like instant coffee. It contains chicory root which also helps it taste like coffee. I bought mine from Pomme Natural on Aulds Road, Nanaimo. It is expensive so if you can wait, buy it on the last Wednesday of the month when they have Wow Wednesday where most products are discounted. Nevertheless, in comparison to the price of coffee it is great value. I am still trying to make a dent in my big bag and this is the first one I've had to buy.
Dandy Blend is non-GMO, gluten free, 100% caffeine free, no acidity and no bitterness. It contains over 50 trace minerals in each cup. You will also not experience caffeine withdrawal headaches when you switch to Dandy Blend. I head about this product by watching a FMTV improved lifestyle seminar and thought it sounded like a great idea. Give it a try, you'll thank yourself for it.
I am a registered holistic nutritionist, open-minded vegan and cooking enthusiast.