I’ve said it before and I will say it again — I believe a cup of coffee a day can be healthy. That being said, I think most people actually drink between two and six cups!
If this sounds like you, please consider reducing your intake. The problem with too much caffeine goes beyond the jitters. It can cause anxiety, adrenal stress, sleep issues, serious hormonal imbalances and can affect liver function. I know this habit isn’t an easy one to break, so these are my top tips for cutting down on caffeine:
- Start your day with warm lemon water before you have any coffee.
- Drink your coffee before 10am. I try to drink mine around 9am. I’d also advise you to skip the afternoon coffee because caffeine can stay in your system for hours and make it difficult to fall asleep.
- When the craving for your second, third or fourth cup comes, opt for a coffee alternative. I like rooibos chai tea with hot almond milk and cinnamon, or a dandy coffee, green juice or homemade chai latte. I have a great recipe in my book, Living The Healthy Life.
- If you’re craving the pick-me-up you get from coffee, try having something nutritious but sweet, like a JSHealth Bliss Ball.
- Ensure you’re eating enough protein and good fats at each meal to keep your blood sugar balanced. When you don’t eat these macronutrients, you’ll crave things like caffeine.
- Speaking of cravings, give up sugar! This also leads to caffeine cravings. I teach you how to do this is my 8-week online program.
- Make sleep a priority. For most people, that means a solid eight hours a night. When you’re well-rested, you do not crave sugar and caffeine as much!
Unsure if you’re drinking too much of the good stuff? Here are five signs to look out for.
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