If for various reasons you are thinking of giving up the drink most loved by Italians, follow the advice of our nutritionist
Good and in many respects also a valid ally of health, with its unique aroma, coffee is the most loved drink by Italians. But more and more people, for problems of acidosis, tachycardia or sleep disorders, try to replace it in their diet in favor of other drinks such as green tea or herbal teas. They try, in fact. Because getting rid of our 'black gold' is not easy. “First of all because it is addictive”, says Dr. Marilù Mengoni, nutritionist and psychologist, creator of the Psychoalimentation method. "To prove this statement, just refrain from its consumption for 2-3 days: the result is a state of lethargy, mood disorders, sometimes even headaches and other symptoms that disappear as soon as you take a cup".
So here are some tricks to "declare your independence" to coffee
“Gradually begin to reduce the number of cups of coffee per day,” advises Dr. Mengoni. "If, for example, you consume 4, for 2 weeks it goes to 3, then to 2 for another 2 weeks and, after this month, it starts with 1. If you already take only one, consume it in the morning (preferably organic) , adding a little water to the coffee ”. The perfect dilution? “For 2 weeks dilute 1⁄3 of water and 2⁄3 of coffee; for another 2 weeks 2⁄3 of water and 1⁄3 of coffee ".
How to limit withdrawal side effects
At this point you are ready for the next step: to stop drinking coffee. "To limit the symptoms – suggests the expert – prepare a coffee, put it in a cup, soak the index and middle fingers and moisten your lips with this (so that you get a" homeopathic dose ") 3-4 times a day, and start the day by drinking, instead of coffee, a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed inside (for about three weeks). If you are used to sipping the colored drink, then prepare a barley, or a chicory "coffee", in order to deceive the view.
For some, withdrawal symptoms may last a long time, but if you can resist for at least a month you will see what a difference! ”, Assures Dr. Mengoni.
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