Just when I thought I had it all figured out when it came to cutting out caffeine for thirty days ! Today I had an epiphany.
What I absolutely love about this program is the ability to not only raise self-awareness but also help us recognize potential life changing information about our physical well-being. We may discover an allergy to gluten or a passion for cooking. For me it was the realization that my Naturopath was right all along. She had stressed the importance for me to cut out my caffeine habit.
Two years ago I visited Naturopathic Dr. Olinca Trejo with symptoms of fatigue and sudden weight gain. We ran some tests and discovered my cortisol levels were at rock bottom upon wakening and it was likely my adrenals were exhausted. I was given strict orders to eat no sugar and follow other nutritional guidelines similar to those in this detox. One big item to check off my list was to remove caffeine as coffee can be taxing to our adrenals. These round disk-shaped organs sit atop each kidney in the areas of the lower back. A single cup of coffee stimulates our adrenal glands and are responsible for secreting the hormone adrenaline, which rapidly prepares your body to spring into action in a stressful situation. For many people this is not a problem but for some , over time it can lead to exhausted adrenals . A caffeine addiction can not only lead to weakened adrenals but as well it can weaken the entre area around them. You guess it…the lower back.
Yesterday was my first official day without any caffeine. By late afternoon I began to feel sciatic pain, also known as sciatica , in my back and going down both my legs. I do not have a history of sciatica. This pain continued throughout the night and woke me many times. This morning it was so bad I finally took two Advil to relieve the pain. My body had spoken to me once again.
I finally understood how important it was for me to say goodbye to caffeine. Now that I am continuing to rid my body of caffeine I realize how coffee has been a highly addictive stimulant that has managed to cover up my exhaustion. I can now begin to heal my body naturally and my hope is that my hormonal health will be restored as well as my natural energy rhythms. I have also struggled with extra pounds these last few years. This may help finally release that weight.
I am excited for all that is to come and I am grateful for the 30 Day Whole Body Detox and how it is helping me take my optimal health to new levels.