We recommend you give up coffee during the SkinnyMe Detox Program (including decaf). Coffee is very acidic and dehydrating, and caffeine is taxing on our detox organs, such as the liver and kidneys. A decaf coffee does not contain caffeine, it is still acidic and dehydrating, and the caffeine is usually extracted with chemical solvents.
Coffee is not considered part of the daily-recommended water intake – quite the opposite, in fact. Coffee actually dehydrates our bodies due to the diuretic effects (increased urine output) and so result in a higher water intake. For every cup of coffee we have, we need to drink two glasses of water to replenish the water lost due to the diuretic effects of caffeine.
Don’t ignore the signs of dehydration. A lack of water usually manifests itself as a prevalent thirst, constipation, dry and cracked skin, headaches and/or fatigue. If you’re feeling thirsty, it means your body is already dehydrated and you have probably spent a while fending off tiredness, a headache or an inability to concentrate. When we are stressed, we tend to recognise thirst later than we usually would, so pay even more attention to your water intake if you find yourself in a stressful situation.