Post # 1
I am pretty hooked. I cut down a while back because I was having alot of joint pain. The pain subsided and I have slowly but surely gotten back to drinking 8 cups a day. I have been getting nasty headaches for a month at least so I want to cut out the coffee again to see if it helps. I know there could be 100 things that are causing my headaches but this seems like a good place to start. My issue, I am a water retainer. Coffee has been my bestfriend when bloated. I limit my salt intake, I drink tons of water, eat a banana a day, don’t drink soda. My bp is amazing so that isn’t a factor in the bloat or headaches. I hate losing my bestfriend lol I have had only 1 cup in 3 days and with no change in diet I am up nearly 4 lbs in water weight. ugh! My arms and legs feel like I have bricks tied to them. Will it just take some time to regulate or am I doomed to be puffy forever? I don’t want to really replace my coffee addiction with a tea or diurex addiction.
Post # 3
Could you try limiting yourself to a few cups a day? Studies have shown it’s not bad for your health, and actually caffine usually helps with headaches! That being said, if you really want to stop drinking it, or feel you can’t control your consumption, or have heart problems. You might want to try slowly bringing down the amount you drink a day, instead of going cold turkey.
Post # 4
I switched to tea, which was fairly easy for me to do, but I didn’t drink nearly as much coffee as you did. I would definitely go with PP and try and wean yourself off.
Post # 5
I did it. Cold turkey. It was so bad. I’d suggest not going that route haha. Coffee will make you hold water weight but you could drink more water to balance it out. I’d suggest you start doing half caf for your coffee and then step down to decaf. I drink decaf now because sometimes I just need the warm drink in the morning!
Post # 6
First off, let me say that I was a coffee addict, so I know how you’re feeling. I still drink it, but no where nearly as much as I used to. What I did was replaced a few of those cups with half caff for a week or so, then half of those cups to decaf. I drank LOTS of water and lots of tea to “fill the void”. After a month give or take, I was able to comfortably limit my coffee habit to 2 cups a day, if that. One in the AM and one in the PM as a pick me up.
Coffee for me wasn’t just a bloat reducer, it was a taste thing too. I loved the taste. BUT, most importantly, I couldn’t go to the bathroom (number 2) without having coffee first. Embarrassing, but true.
So, if you quit slowly, and drink lots of water and tea to help with bloating, you should be able to stop drinking so much. Good luck!
Oh, yeah, one more thing just to clarify, and forgive me if this sounds stupid, but when you say “8 cups a day”, do you mean 8 MUGS full of coffee or just 8 cups as in the water line on the brewer, cos that’s less than one pot of coffee a day and I know many ppl that drink at least a full pot of coffee per day.
Post # 7
I switched to Sugar Free Red Bull, so I don’t think I count…
Post # 8
8 as in the water line. I was at a whole pot so it is an improvement. It doesn’t give me energy at all I think it is just the caffeine doing its diuretic job hat I am addicted to. It isn’t that I want to cut caffeine intake, it’s the other component to coffee that causes some inflammation in my joints that worries me. BUT the caffeine could be causing my headaches. What a mess lol I just worry that if I add something else to combat the bloat that there will be some other dumb side effect that I will have to deal with.
Post # 9
Thanks for clarifying. Hmmm, well adding some replacement cups of water to reduce the bloat shouldn’t give you any ‘bad’ side effects, except maybe more peeing… Teas are also a good diuretic. Brew 4 cups of coffee tomorrow and suppliment the rest with tea &/or water and see how your joints feel in a few weeks. Try chondroitin or another cartilage suppliment for your inflammed joints. I take that, and calcium pills.