Can you drink coffee while juicing? This is a question that many people have. The answer is not always black and white- it depends on the person. In this blog post, we will give you 5 tips to help you decide if drinking coffee while juicing is right for you. We will also provide some information about the benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee while juicing.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a natural way to wake you up. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and chocolate. (Both “Your Super Power Matcha” and “Energy Bomb,” which we’ll talk about below, have caffeine in them naturally.)
Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug because it can get into the brain. More people use caffeine than any other drug.
More than 90% of adults in the United States drink caffeine every day. The average amount of caffeine taken each day is more than 200 mg. That is the same amount of caffeine as in two 6-ounce cups of coffee or five 12-ounce cans of soda.
Caffeine does not have any nutritional value on its own.
Can you drink coffee during your fruit juice cleanse?
No, to put it simply; you need to take a break from your relationship with coffee. It is recommended that you refrain from drinking coffee during a juice cleanse. Additionally, it is recommended that you gradually reduce the amount of caffeine that you consume in the days leading up to and following a cleanse.
What are the negative effects caffeine has on our bodies?
There are several ways in which coffee affects your body (and several reasons why you shouldn’t drink coffee while juicing), even though it may seem like a magical beverage from another planet sent to save us all from groggy mornings and afternoon slumps.
1. It stops your brain from letting you sleep.
A molecule called adenosine helps people sleep. Even though the name sounds fancy, the way it works is pretty simple. Adenosine is a byproduct of digestion. When it binds to certain cell receptors in the brain, it slows down the activity of those cells, which makes you feel sleepy.
Adenosine blockers are things like caffeine. This means that when caffeine gets into your body, it binds to adenosine receptors and speeds up cell activity instead of slowing it down. Caffeine tricks your brain into thinking it has more energy, so you feel like you have more energy. This is also why caffeine can make it hard to sleep well at night.
2. It can make stress hormones rise.
Once the caffeine has woken you up, it causes your cortisol (steroid hormone) and epinephrine (adrenaline) levels to rise, which is similar to what happens during short-term stress. We like getting a boost of energy just as much as the next person, but not one that is caused by stress.
3. It can change the pH.
Because coffee is acidic, drinking too much of it can mess up your pH levels, cause acid reflux, and upset your stomach, especially if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s not worth the risk when you’re trying to clean out your system and get it back on track.
How to reduce caffeine before you detox?
If you think it will be hard to give up coffee or other sources of caffeine during the detox, cut back on how much you drink at least a week before you start the detox.
Here is an example of a plan to cut back on caffeine before a detox:
- Day 1-2: Cut in half how much coffee (or soda) you drink. (For example, if you usually drink 4 cups, drink only 2.)
- Day 3 and Day 4: Stick to one cup of coffee (decaf, if you can!) or one Power Matcha latte.
- Day 5–7: Only drink herbal tea (unlike green or black tea, herbal teas are caffeine-free).
Cut back on the coffee.
Start with tapering off a bit in the days before your cleanse. Try switching to decaf a few days out from your cleanse, or even better – herbal tea!
Not only will this help wean you off the caffeine, but it will also help get your digestive system used to drinking liquids other than coffee.
You can only have one cup of coffee.
On the day of your cleanse, stick to just one cup of coffee. If you can make it decaf, even better! Drink your coffee black or with almond milk – no dairy allowed!
Only drink herbal tea.
Herbal tea is a great alternative. If you find yourself struggling without caffeine, try herbal tea instead! Herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free, so they won’t affect your detox. There are plenty of delicious herbal teas to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that you love! If you’re not a fan of tea, there are also caffeine-free coffees and sodas available. Just be sure to check the labels to make sure they’re truly caffeine-free.
How do survive you cleanse juice coffee free?
While giving up coffee may seem like an impossible task, there are some strategies you can use before, during, and after your cleanse to help you succeed.
One cup at a time, slow down.
There are a variety of approaches you can take when it comes to coffee. One option is to gradually cut back on how much you drink each day, or you can completely stop. Decaffeinated coffee (the lesser of two evils) or herbal coffee can be added to your morning brew.
Try out this ratio strategy:
- Have your coffee in the morning as usual.
- Mix 50 percent of your regular coffee with a coffee alternative.
- Drink 25% regular coffee and 75% another kind of coffee.
- On day seven, the change is done! Feel free to change the amounts and length of the schedule to suit your tastes and how much caffeine you need.
Cut out sources of caffeine you didn’t expect.
We don’t think you should stop drinking coffee all of a sudden, that’s crazy. You might want to get rid of caffeine from more than just coffee before you start your cleanse.
Start by getting rid of the less obvious caffeine sources, such as:
- Chocolate-flavored caffeinated beverages
- Teas that contain caffeine (like green tea and black tea)
- Liquors made from pop culture references to coffee
- decaffeinated Coffee
Yes, decaffeinated coffee! It can contain anywhere from 0.1 percent to 3 percent caffeine, depending on where it’s sourced from. Those with food sensitivities or those trying to completely overhaul their diet may find this amount to be too much.
Caffeine should be avoided the week before your juice cleanses, but the best approach is to gradually reduce your caffeine intake. This gives your body time to adjust and reduces unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (like headaches, oh no!).
Even though juice cleanses are naturally hydrating because fruits and vegetables contain water, that doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. Getting rid of your thirst during a cleanse can be helpful. It will help you get rid of toxins, keep you full between juices, and keep you busy so you feel like you’re eating the same amount as usual.
Don’t forget all the great things water does for our bodies every day:
- Controls the body’s temperature.
- Helps keep joints lubricated and stops infections.
- Provides food for cells
- Keeping organs in good shape helps you sleep better.
- Makes you smarter
- Boosts mood
You don’t want to overdo it. It’s not fun to feel full, but try to drink about 11 cups a day for women and 16 cups a day for men.
Find alternatives to coffee to help you kick the habit.
We’ve got a plan for you if cutting out coffee isn’t an option for you, despite all the benefits and scientific evidence to the contrary. Try a cup of herbal coffee or a caffeine-free coffee substitute instead. However, if you must have your cake and eat it, this is a better and more pH-friendly alternative.
On the market, there are alternatives made from herbs, grains, fruits, and nuts. They are roasted and ground to make a drink that tastes like coffee and has no caffeine or tannic acid. It won’t take away from how alkaline the juices in your cleanse are.
Pro tip: Try switching to herbal coffee or a coffee alternative without caffeine a week before your cleanse. This will help you slowly stop drinking coffee in the morning.
Deciding whether or not to drink coffee while juicing can be a difficult decision. We’ve outlined five tips that should help you make the best choice for your health and wellness.
Follow these guidelines, experiment with what works best for you, and enjoy incorporating healthy juices into your diet!