I am spending a lovely long and relaxing morning on the de-caf. I wanted to say something about all good and all bad thinking surrounding coffee. You’ll often hear people saying caffeine is the devil and you’ll hear other people singing high praise to their little cup of heaven. Truth is neither view points are all right and neither are all wrong. I’ve done my research and caffeine has some amazing benefits as follows: 1) Effective and proven fat burner 2) Excellent for cognitive function 3) Caffeinated coffee cuts mouth and throat cancer risk by 50%. 4) Increases stamina during exercise 5) Caffeine is good for the heart. A recent study out of Germany found that the amount of caffeine typically in 4 cups of coffee daily helps strengthen heart muscle cell function and prolongs the life of heart muscle cells 5) Reduces chronic inflammation Caffeine also has many pro-ported harmful effects too. 1) Linked to Insomnia 2) Headaches 3) Caffeine consumption can lead to increased anxiety, depression and the need for anxiety medication. 4) Caffeine inhibits collagen production in the skin. This effect is dose-dependent but really heavy caffeine consumers should be aware. 5) Caffeine can cause indigestion. People who consume caffeinated beverages often report an upset stomach or indigestion. This mainly occurs when the beverages are consumed on an empty stomach. So you see there are arguments for and against and both are compelling. It comes back to listening to your own body. I take a week off every few months and I always have one day off a week. Mainly for me, because like any drug, the body gets used to it and it doesn’t work as well. It’s very personal. Some people don’t respond well to caffeine at all. I stick to no more than 2 cups a day and I never drink it after 4 unless there are extenuating circumstances. There’s no right or wrong way. There’s only what’s right for you. Check in with yourself and if you love your coffee don’t be afraid to come off it once in a while to give the body a break. It’s good to cycle on and off anything we habitually use. Extreme thinking around anything is unhelpful & usually wrong.