How to Curb a Coffee Craving

Coffee Being Poured into a CupBy Thomas Cazneau

I love drinking coffee and I probably wouldn’t stop drinking it altogether. However, there are times when I notice myself becoming too codependent on coffee as an energy fix. I drink one coffee, then another, and pretty soon I feel like I have to drink coffee the entire day to stay up. One solution: drink lemon water!

Why lemon water?
We are primarily alkaline, so consuming coffee, which is particularly very acidic, greatly alters our pH balance, making us more acidic as well. Lemon water helps offset the acidic effects of coffee. Lemons break down the molecular structure of water, making it easier to hydrate our 20 different cell sizes. They are pre-digestively acidic and post digestively alkaline, which helps level our pH balance. Lemon water is like a pool cleanser for the body.

You Can’t Have Just One
Those who consume highly acidic foods and drinks are prone to want more highly acidic foods and drinks. Lays® Potato Chip slogan, “You can’t eat just one” is very true. Eating salty foods make you want more salty foods, which are always highly acidic. This is why drinking coffee without also drinking water can make someone want more coffee through the day. Their system begins to use coffee as a fuel to function, when it actually needs water to survive. Our bodies, after all, are made up of 70 percent water.

Curbing a Crave
When pH levels are in balance, we are not as prone to want the same addictive food or drink as much as we may have wanted. Turning down that third or fourth coffee of the day is now much easier to do. This doesn’t mean that coffee is bad. But drinking coffee must be coupled with drinking water as well.

Staying Hydrated
If you’re like me, I feel like I don’t drink enough water in my day. So staying hydrated sometimes feels like I’m playing “catch up” in a health race with others who sprint around with a giant water jug throughout their day. But making a conscious effort to drink more water is a good start. Some set alarm clocks on their phone as reminders to drink more waters. Hydration can be very personal.

Take a Sip
The next time you visit your grocery stores’ produce section, buy a lemon and put a slice in your water. Even if you don’t have a caffeine addiction, or an addiction to other highly acidic drinks or foods, putting a lemon in your water can be like giving your water a healthy “turbo button”. Don’t believe me? Drink some and find out! Sipping lemon water daily is definitely taking a giant step forward… or should I say a giant sip forward.

Comments

Comment from Thomas Cazneau
Time: September 9, 2011, 4:35 pm

Definitely learning to balance my taste buds with healthy decisions.

Comment from Jason Caz
Time: September 9, 2011, 4:41 pm

Love this information. I drink about 3 cups as well per day, but after reading this, I realize that I need to stay hydrated! Thanks Thomas for writing this!

Comment from Steven Pennington
Time: September 9, 2011, 7:13 pm

Good info! Thanks.

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