It’s a Monday morning, and you’re stumbling around your kitchen like a zombie. You can barely keep your eyes open, and your brain is moving slower than a snail in molasses. Your hands are shaky, and you only have one thought on your mind: caffeine, please! In fact, you might even consider coffee to be your lifeblood, unable to be a coherent functional human being without at least three cups of coffee. Don’t worry, I won’t judge you – if you’re anything like how I was, you’re probably fatigued, low on energy, and addicted to coffee (or Monster energy). Whether you’re a student trying not to drown in endless midterms and papers or a corporate worker flooded with never-ending meetings and emails, everyone has experienced a time in their lives when they are just chronically tired and addicted to caffeine. I totally get it.
But here’s the thing, my fellow caffeine addicts: caffeine may be our go-to fuel, but it’s not exactly a superfood. In fact, it has some pretty negative effects on our gut health, skin, metabolism, quality of sleep, and our bank accounts (yes, spending $6.65 on a Grande Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso every morning adds up – believe me, I know). And so, knowing this, you try to decrease your caffeine intake, but then you realize that you are at a point where you’re too tired and too far down the caffeine addict pipeline to do so. Now you feel hopeless, bloated, still tired, and also broke. Does this sound like you?