– A caffeine holiday?

I know better than to tell you to quit your caffeine. But perhaps you’d consider changing your relationship with it… at least for a little while? See, caffeine stimulates your adrenal glands to produce cortisol and adrenaline, the stress hormones. God knows we have enough stressors in our lives and there’s quite a bit of research out there linking stress and cortisol to cancer, especially breast cancer. The reason our adrenals produce cortisol and adrenaline is to give us that boost of power we might need, say, if there was a saber tooth tiger about to pounce on us and we better skedaddle. So every time you drink a cup of coffee, etc. you are kicking your poor adrenals saying, hurry up and make me some of that joy juice because we have an emergency here.

When’s the last time you went, say, a month without caffeine? Decades ago? You are probably suffering from adrenal fatigue. And it’s a vicious cycle because the more fatigued they get, the more fatigued you get, the more caffeine you ingest and the more fatigued they get, etc. Don’t you think your adrenals might want to relax on the beach for a little while and have cabana boys bring them drinks with umbrellas in them? : )

The adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system (pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands) … think hormones. These organs are very important for our health and they are very intertwined. When one subsystem is out of balance, it may affect the balance in the other subsystems. And supporting and nurturing your body while it is enduring toxic poisons and trying valiantly to help you heal is all about restoring and maintaining balance.

So here’s my suggestion… take a caffeine holiday of at least a month. If you typically ingest a lot of caffeine, you may need to taper off gradually to prepare so your body doesn’t suffer sudden withdrawals. But you need to go at least a month without any at all to reap the benefits. The first few days will be hard but at the end of that month, I predict that you will have more energy than you currently have. You can introduce caffeine back into your diet but I will bet that your need for it will have diminished and you will have a different relationship with it. Personally, I now have one cup of really good organic coffee with organic cream a week. And boy, do I love it!!! And I don’t find that I need more. And my adrenals are just strolling through life, smiling and waving.

Yes, organic is important… coffee is one of the most pesticide heavy crops, the bean is globular and so has maximum coverage as do tea leaves, and you put them in boiling water, extracting all those poisons into your brew! And milk fat also binds to the toxic hormones and antibiotics fed to non-organic cows, delivering a hefty load to you.
So, I’m not going to spoil ALL your fun. I will share with you my morning tonic and you just might get addicted to it. I take filtered hot water, a splash of organic lemon juice to stimulate bile production in your liver (no pesticides on the peels they squish while making the juice), a spoon of local real honey (good for allergies and contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties), a capful of apple cider vinegar (has an alkalizing effect on your body – good for you, bad for cancer) and the following spices which all have immune-boosting properties… ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and cayenne. I keep a little jar of these fresh and organic spices pre-mixed next to my kettle so I just have to take a little pinch and add it at the end.

Love your organs, they are working so hard to help you heal but they need a little kindness from you. Be well.

Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this website should be construed as medical advice. I am not a doctor. I am a Stage IV breast cancer thriver who is currently NED/NAD and simply sharing what I did, and do, and why. Please research anything I share to determine if it is a good path for you. Bless you all on the path you choose.



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