Here's why you should cut back on coffee before a cleanse

By Kristen Underwood — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Can I drink coffee during my cleanse?

Summer means warmer weather, more sunshine and a new opportunity to cleanse yourself of everything that doesn’t serve you. There’s no better way to start than with your health, of course. Most of the world is waking up day after day, falling over themselves and sipping down mounds of coffee just to get them going. Do you want to talk about being counterproductive? Let’s talk about it.

Why is caffeine not advised during a cleanse?

In life, to get something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. For many of us, that’s waking up and NOT starting with a cup of coffee. The purpose of a cleanse is to give your body a break from many of its daily routines of in an attempt to “clean house” on our digestive system, often with the benefit of freeing your mind and soul as well.

Caffeine is metabolized by our liver by a process that includes oxidation. This means our liver’s mission is to safely package and remove caffeine’s compounds from our bodies. Consuming your daily cup will give your body more work to do and end up hindering the overall effectiveness of your cleanse.

How can I cut back on coffee before a cleanse?

You’ll want to get a jumpstart on cutting back from caffeine to avoid withdrawal symptoms. At least a week out from your reboot, try these steps to ease you through this hell:

  • Days 1-2: Cut your coffee intake in half. If you need a full cup, split it up with ½ decaf, and while you’re at it, don’t tell anyone I said that. I’ll deny it. Stick to 1-2 cups per day. 
  • Days 3-4: Challenge yourself. Can you go all day with just one cup of coffee? Try it. Then, add a cup of green tea.
  • Days 5-6: Sip down 3-4 cups of green tea per day. Make the second or third cup decaf green tea.
  • Day 7: Ditch the caffeine and make the switch. It’s decaf green tea or nothin’. You’ve got this.

What happens if I don’t cut back on caffeine before my cleanse?

So, you didn’t cut out caffeine before your detox. It’s not the end of the world.  Here’s how to handle your withdrawal symptoms you could have avoided if you listened in the first place.

  • A typical cup of coffee contains 70-120 mg of caffeine, while tea is typically around 30-45 mg. Green tea contains natural anti-oxidants and many other benefits similar to those of coffee. By doing this, you’ll get your caffeine fix and save the best (coffee) for after your cleanse is over if you so choose.
  • We use caffeine to wake us up, so make sure you get a good sleep schedule on lockdown, so you aren’t relying on your cup of coffee to get you moving. By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you’ll reduce the severity of headaches that often go hand in hand with the first few days of a detox.

Should I go back to drinking coffee after my cleanse?

Before I answer this, let’s get one thing straight. You’ve just cleansed your system and you’ve turned your caffeine addiction into a healthier habit, so you aren’t relying on it to wake you up every time you crack a yawn throughout the day. However, I’d be INSANE to tell you never to drink coffee again. The thought of giving up my daily cup makes me cringe. But, if you’re thinking of falling back into your post-cleanse routine, leave it at the curb and stomp it. If you’re ready to take advantage of the benefits your cleanse just added to your health, try avoiding added syrups, sugar or artificial sweeteners and keep your badass streak going!

Related: Coffee could help you with your weight loss resolution


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