Why We Don't Recommend Coffee During Our Detox Programs

Why We Don't Recommend Coffee During Our Detox Programs

While cleansing, prioritize hydration and explore other nourishing alternatives to best support your detoxification journey.

There are a few reasons why Dr. Junger designed the Clean wellness programs to exclude coffee. One is because regular coffee is usually loaded with pesticides or toxic chemicals. But, more than that, coffee is generally harsh on our gut. 

The goal of our wellness program is for you to feel better overall. And when it comes to coffee consumption, people could be addicted to caffeine without even realizing it. According to the United Brain Association, 90% of Americans drink caffeine which can lead to several negative side effects. In the short term, you may have an upset stomach or feel jittery with an increased heart rate. But in the long term, you may experience issues with caffeine such as heartburn and GERD. 

Read on to see why we encourage anyone going through our wellness program to shelf the coffee for the duration. You may find by the end of your wellness cleanse that you may not even need coffee in the same way.


Coffee and Acidity: 

Coffee is inherently acidic in nature. When we consume coffee, it can disrupt the body's pH balance, potentially leading to a more acidic state. Drinking coffee stimulates the release of gastrin and acid secretions. These excess secretions can wreak havoc on your body, especially over a longer period of time. 

The most frequent, common symptom that some people may experience after drinking a cup of coffee is heartburn. It can also aggravate certain health conditions in individuals dealing with gastric ulcers, IBS, and acid reflux. Maintaining a slightly alkaline environment in our bodies is a key element to promoting better health and digestion. 

During a 7-Day or 21-Day Wellness Program, the goal is to support the body's natural detoxification processes, and excessive acidity can hinder these efforts. By eliminating coffee, we allow the body to regain its natural balance and optimize the detoxification process. 

Impact on Cortisol Levels: 

Caffeine is a stimulant that can have various effects on our body, including cortisol release. Cortisol is a hormone associated with stress response, and elevated levels can have negative impacts on our health and well-being. Having consistently raised cortisol levels can cause health concerns such as a rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and even anxiety. The caffeine spikes and dips in your body can also cause fatigue. Because of these highs and lows, you may feel like you're crashing in the middle of the day. And this makes you want just one more cup of coffee. But it turns into a vicious cycle, which is why we don't recommend it on our wellness program.

During a cleanse, we strive to reduce stress and support the body's relaxation and healing processes. By avoiding coffee, we can prevent unnecessary cortisol spikes and create a more conducive environment for detoxification. 

Dehydration Concerns: 

One of the main reasons to avoid coffee during a cleanse is its dehydrating effects. Coffee is a diuretic, which means it increases urine production and can lead to fluid loss from the body. 

If you're an occasional coffee drinker, relax. Having one cup of coffee won't hurt you. But if you're a more habitual or chronic drinker of coffee, it's important to stay mindful of consumption. We live in a fast-paced culture with huge cups of coffee. If you're drinking more than four 8oz cups of coffee, then you're going to start feeling the effects of dehydration. Although the best way to hydrate the body is drinking water and you should definitely be doing that alongside your morning brew anyway.

Proper hydration is essential for the elimination of toxins and overall health. By consuming coffee - especially in large quantities - we risk depleting our body's water content, hindering the detoxification process. It's important to prioritize water and other hydrating beverages during this time, such as Matcha

If you're worried about how hydrated you are, nothing beats having a glass of water. But if you're going through our wellness program, we also optimize your hydration levels through our vitamin-enriched electrolyte blend.

Decaf - Not the Ideal Alternative:

Some may consider switching to decaffeinated coffee as an alternative to their routine while on cleanse. However, it's important to note that decaf isn't without its drawbacks. 

As it turns out, decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free! While the amount of caffeine is significantly lower (usually only 2mg). The taste of decaf coffee can be watery or acidic, it may worsen heartburn or gastrointestinal issues, and it may also raise your cholesterol levels.

It's also worth taking into consideration that coffee beans are caffeinated naturally. Removing the caffeine from them means that it has gone through an unnatural process. The decaffeination process often involves the use of harmful chemicals such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to extract caffeine from the beans. These chemicals can leave residue and may not align with the goals of being on a cleanse program. 

While coffee is a beloved beverage for many, it's best to set it aside during your Cleanse. Our wellness program may be the much-needed break your body needs to find its stasis from too much caffeine. During your cleanse, pay close attention to your body without coffee and the changes it experiences. Especially if you're someone that deals with heartburn or gastrointestinal issues. But even if you're someone who feels more anxious upon drinking a cup, notice if you're affected differently. By the end of the program, you may find you need coffee far less than you thought. 

For more information, Cleanse-approved swaps, and other questions, consider booking a free 20-minute session with one of our Wellness Coaches! In the meantime, head over to our blog for more tips and lifestyle tricks to feel your absolute best.

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