The Genetic Coffee Edition

I am currently on Day 8 of a 14-Day No Coffee Challenge that I masochistically created. 😱 Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE coffee (!), unfortunately, it doesn’t always love me back.

I am currently on Day 8 of a 14-Day No Coffee Challenge that I masochistically created. 😱

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE coffee (!), unfortunately, it doesn’t always love me back.

Believe me, for years I bookmarked and forwarded all those wonderful articles that reinforced my strong coffee habit. You know the articles with claims like, “10 Reasons Why You NEED To Drink Coffee” and “New Study Shows That Coffee Will Make You Lose Weight”, etc. Yet, while that might be true for some people, sadly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s true for all.

One consideration: our genes.

A simple 23 and me test givesyou a cool breakdown of whether or not you are a “fast metabolizer” of coffeeor a “slow metabolizer” of coffee. (*Shoutout to our friend, Ari Meisel, ownerof Less Doing to be thefirst person to tell me about this!) Essentially, slow metabolizers suck atgetting coffee out of their system. They tend to feel anxious/jittery and theirrisk of high blood pressure and heart attacks go through the roof with coffeeuse. Meanwhile, fast metabolizers seem to have won the genetic lottery withoutsuffering mal-effects… supposedly to the point that for some, their blood pressure actually goesDOWN after drinking coffee!

For a more visuallybreakdown of the difference and nuisances that I’m talking about. 👇

In most healthy adults, the half-life ofcaffeine ranges from 3 to 4 hours. The half-life is how long it takes for halfof the caffeine ingested to be metabolized or eliminated from the body. Thehalf-life of caffeine depends on the following factors: amount of caffeineconsumed, liver function, pregnancy, concurrent drugs/medications, enzymelevels, health status, and age.

I think you guys knowthat I am a huge advocate of testing for yourself. For me, I’m particularlyinterested in how this challenge impacts my sleep stats (obviously) and myrespiratory rates on the Spire Stone.

So for the next 6 days,this will continue to be my morning ritual (picture was taken from one of my InstagramStories) 👇

*Note: yes, I know thatmatcha still has caffeine. However, it has about a quarter of the caffeine in coffee and the magicalcomponent of L-theanine (a natural chill-pill).

(Sidenote: loving the matcha set above that I got on amazon. Highlyrecommend!).