Does Spring Time Detoxing Mean Giving Up On Caffeine?

Does Spring Time Detoxing Mean Giving Up On Caffeine?

 

If you love nothing more than that first cup of tea in the morning and luxuriating in the aroma of your frothy, chocolate sprinkled cappuccino then the word ‘no’ to this question will be music to your ears.

 

In fact, if you dread the idea of any kind of detox at this or indeed any time of the year then there is more good news. You simply don’t need to put yourself through the process.

 

As the British Dietetic Association tell us: “The whole idea of detox is nonsense. The body is a well-developed system that has its own built-in mechanisms to detoxify and remove waste and toxins. Our body constantly filters out, breaks down and excretes toxins and waste products like alcohol, medications, products of digestion, dead cells, chemicals from pollution and bacteria.”

 

These processes, as scientists testify, take place in a wide variety of organs including the skin, gut, liver and kidneys. Each organ is designed, in part, to quite literally ‘detoxify’ the body from head to toe and to do so under instructions of hormones on a second by second basis…not as the purveyors of detox regimes would have you believe, in response to pills and potions, extreme diets and exercise plans.

 

If you want to improve your digestion, strengthen your hair and nails, bolster immunity and lose weight then you need to work at it. Not over 24 hours or a few days but over weeks and months. And then you need to keep your newly formed habits up for the long term.

 

The key to achieving these kinds of health boosting results come not in suddenly giving up caffeine and surviving on litres of green juices but from following simple healthy eating advice and building physical activity into your daily routine. The Eat Well Guide is a great place to help you to understand how to whip your diet into shape and thankfully, it can easily accommodate a few teas and coffees each day.

 

Tips for Drinking Caffeine and Still Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

 

  • Timing and moderation are key
  • Remember caffeine is in tea and coffee as well as green tea, cola drinks, some medications and dark chocolate
  • Caffeine keeps you awake, boosts alertness, mental agility, reaction times and co-ordination because it stimulates your central nervous system – this is helpful at some points in the day as it can be a very real ‘pick-me-up
  • Caffeine peaks in the blood about 2 hours after ingestion on average. But the time it takes for the body to break down just half of that caffeine ranges from 3 to 7 hours.
  • Too much caffeine late in the day however, tends to disturb sleep
  • Research suggests that older adults may be more prone to the effects of daytime caffeine on sleep than younger people.
  • Experts report that a quarter to a third of patients they see with insomnia do not realise that their caffeine intake habits are affecting their sleep
  • Shallower sleep patterns have been detected in people studied for up to 16 hours after ingesting the amount of caffeine in a double espresso—even though the level of caffeine detectable in their saliva had fallen to zero by the time they went to bed.
  • The best advice is to have your last caffeine containing drink at least eight hours before you intend to go to bed to sleep