I love coffee, most of us love coffee. It’s part of a daily ritual of starting the day and the calm before the rush of the day. To be completely honest, I could drink coffee all day, 3 or 4 cups of it, easy. I’ve spent lots of time living in Colombia and I love how they drink coffee after lunch and take a break in the afternoon to sit down and drink coffee. Despite this deep love for the drink, I stop myself from drinking too much and I periodically take long breaks from coffee.
Ask yourself the question (and answer honestly): “Do I need coffee?” In other words, are you addicted to coffee? If the answer is yes, then you need to take a break from it. In fact if you have any of the following, you should take a break from coffee:
Coffee acts as a stimulant, stimulating adrenaline and cortisol production, giving us a feeling of alertness. Coffee also stimulated dopamine production, leaving us feeling motivated and ready to take on the day. These are all great, but if you’re body is already in adrenal fatigue and you feel like you can’t function without coffee, then it’s like using your credit card knowing you can’t pay it off – you’re getting energy your body doesn’t actually have. The result of this will be blood sugar imbalance with cravings later in the day and an afternoon crash. Coffee can also make PMS symptoms worse, increase breast tenderness associated with the menstrual cycle and worsen hot flashes.
Sure, coffee has lots of health benefits and it’s actually a superfood. Coffee is full of antioxidants and runners use it before a race to improve their performance. These are great effects, but what’s even greater is to take coffee for these effects and not use it as a crutch.
Does giving up coffee seem scary? I know, trust me, I’ve done it several times and it’s just as painful each time. I would suggest weaning off slowly and even switching to decaf for a week. Check out the method I use here. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water to help prevent headaches during the few days of withdrawal.
Here are my favourite go-to’s when I’m not having coffee:
Are you ready to take the challenge? Your hormones and adrenal glands will thank you!
Dr Renée Purdy is a naturopathic doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. In her practice, she values making health achievable and long lasting. She likes to explore the mind, body, spirit connection in health, and her approach includes using food as medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling. Her focus is on digestive health, hormone balance, thyroid health and adrenal fatigue.
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If the title of this article makes you role your eyes, then you’re in the right place. Lets face it, the Internet is filled with lists and articles all saying pretty much the same thing about living a healthier life: eat more vegetables, cut back on sugar and processed foods, drink more water, get enough sleep, exercise more, etc. These are excellent tips and important health habits for us to adopt. But with access to so much information, why are we so unhealthy? Why are the leading diseases in the world ones of diet and lifestyle? (more…)
This is a delicious, cooling and hydrating soup that’s great for a hot summer’s day or to accompany a spicy dish. It’s a great way to use up those extra cucumbers!
Blend the cucumber, avocado and lime juice in the blender until smooth. Add a tablespoon or two of water if needed. Add salt to taste
Pour in small bowls and garnish with freshly ground pepper, olive oil and some sprouts before serving.
I think it’s safe to say that I get asked this question on most days. Being diagnosed with a food sensitivity can be pretty devastating, especially when it’s a food you love. It usually means that a huge dietary overhaul is needed because the foods we are most sensitive to tend the be the foods our body wants the most (you can read more about this here). But to answer the question, yes, a food sensitivity can be healed. Let me explain. (more…)
You may be wondering what’s the big deal with Vitamin B12 “shots” (injections). Lots of people are talking about them these days – I certainly get asked about them frequently. What are they good for? Do they really give you more energy? Do they hurt? Can anyone get them?
Let’s face it, summertime is an easy time to forget about the great health habits we worked on the rest of the year. With more social gatherings, barbecue in the backyard, camping and warm weather, we tend to indulge a bit more. I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise, because life is meant to be enjoyed, beer, barbecue and all (in moderation when it doesn’t interfere with any health goals or treatments). But, I do want to encourage and motivate you to stay on track with your health this summer. After all, our liver, heart and intestines don’t take a break during the summer, so lets help them out by not overwhelming them with too much indulging!
Health is a lifestyle, not a crash diet or exercise plan, so lets have some fun and get into creating and maintaining some healthy habits this summer! Join me on Monday July 17th for a 10 day Health Habits Challenge! I’ll post a new healthy habit on Facebook to work on everyday that you can do for that day, for the whole 10 days and hopefully longer! Follow along, share with your friends and join in the healthy fun!
The rules of the game are simple:
The first challenge is to mark it down on your calendar to get started on Monday July 17th!
Make sure you Like my Facebook page so you don’t miss out on the challenge!
Thyroid conditions are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions. So many people, especially women, live with a thyroid condition without even knowing it. Feeling tired and lethargic, slowly gaining weight for no apparent reason, hair loss, depression, constipation… But why is it so common and why isn’t it diagnosed properly?
There are a few natural times in the year when we naturally tend to focus on our health, including September, January and April. These are new “beginnings” in a sense, and we want to start fresh. But when we think about it, there is no better time to focus on your health than NOW.
I love smoothies! I find them to be a great breakfast option, post-workout re-fuel or mid-morning snack! But not all smoothies are created equal – in order for a smoothie to be suitable for a meal or snack, it must meet certain requirements of components it should and shouldn’t contain.