While coffee has a myriad of health and performance benefits which we have touched on in 10 Health Benefits Of Organic Coffee, one thing that needs to be addressed is the way your body adapts to excessive coffee consumption.
After drinking a lot of coffee on a continuous basis, your body’s beta-2 receptors will start to experience down-regulation. When this happens, your body will start to become desensitized to caffeine, requiring you to use higher and higher doses of caffeine to elicit the same effects.
You Do Not Want This
Eventually, if you fall into this trap you will continuously have to drink more and more coffee each day to get the same benefits you previously did with a much smaller amount.
This is the reason why some individuals will need several cups of coffee to get going in the morning, while others may only need half a cup. Their receptors are fried and they seemingly need to pound coffee back by the litre to stay productive and energetic throughout the work day.
What you want to do to avoid this from happening to you, and still be able to get all of the benefits from coffee that you want without having to consume extreme amounts, is cycle your caffeine consumption.
Cycling Caffeine/Coffee Consumption
Cycling caffeine essentially involves taking periodic breaks from coffee/caffeine entirely in order to re-sensitize your beta-2 receptors and allow your body to recuperate from any down regulation it has undergone.
It also gives your Central Nervous System a break, and once you start drinking coffee again you will find that you are sensitive to the caffeine again.
It actually doesn’t take an extremely prolonged period of cessation of use to re-sensitize yourself to caffeine either, or get over that hump of shitty withdrawals you may experience if you are a heavy-duty abuser of caffeine.
When Shouldn’t You Cycle Off Caffeine/Stop Drinking Coffee
If you are consuming coffee for disease prevention, it is not a necessity for you to cycle off coffee.
For example, if you are simply drinking coffee to reduce your risk of Type II Diabetes, or to reduce your risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease, then you absolutely SHOULD NOT cycle off coffee.
When Should You Cycle Off Caffeine/Coffee Consumption
The blatant effects of adrenaline are noticeably reduced as your tolerance grows to caffeine.
Adrenaline mediates the fat loss, appetite suppression, enhanced levels of cognitive abilities and focus that we all know and love from coffee.
When your adrenaline response is inhibited from a developed tolerance to coffee consumption, then you will start to experience diminished levels of benefits from it.
In addition, dopamine signaling is literally destroyed when you develop a high tolerance to caffeine.
One of the great benefits of coffee is the dopamine response that results in high energy levels and euphoria. This will completely disappear if you let your tolerance go through the roof without cycling coffee/caffeine.
How To Cycle Caffeine/Coffee Consumption
If I go by my experience with coffee, it goes something like this:
Day 1: Quit drinking coffee and stop all caffeine consumption = Headache city + Brain fog levels 10/10.
Day 2: Headaches intermittently throughout the day. Brain fog 6/10.
Day 3: No headache at all. Brain fog 3/10.
Day 4: Very minimal brain fog, if any at all.
Day 5: Feel completely normal. I am a caffeine virgin again!
Obviously your experience may differ from mine, but making it through those few shitty days is necessary to up regulate your beta-2 receptors, de-stress your Central Nervous System, and get your body to actually respond in a sensitive manner to the caffeine in coffee again.
It doesn’t take rocket science to assess how you are feeling, and it becomes pretty obvious once you have gotten over that hump of withdrawals you may experience.
I suggest taking a week off of coffee/caffeine entirely once you start noticing that you are having to greatly increase how much coffee you are drinking to get the same effects you used to with much less, or you are getting headaches when you don’t have any caffeine that day.
You may need longer than a week, or less, this is dependent on your individual physiology and how bad your tolerance is, but it is a good benchmark and guideline you can definitely follow.
Potentiating The Effects Of Coffee/Red Monkey By Combining Them
Red Monkey is our premiere mood-enhancing supplement, which goes hand in hand with our coffee as their benefits are directly compounded greatly by each other.
The Nootropics and Phenibut (more specifically) in Red Monkey are directly potentiated to a great degree by our Coffee and Red Burner (or any calorie free caffeine source).
To maximize the effects of Red Monkey, it is highly suggested you follow the guide above in regards to coffee/caffeine cycling to avoid diminished returns from your favorite products.
You will see what I mean when I say they work together synergistically.
Whenever I want to be in an absolutely fantastic mood and feel like Superman I will pop a serving of Red Monkey with a cup of coffee or a serving of Red Burner
Because I depend so highly on my receptor sensitivity to be fresh, even for products that don’t have caffeine in them like Red Monkey but depend on caffeine for potency, I responsibly cycle my caffeine consumption and regulate how much coffee I drink.
I highly suggest you do the same.
– Derek @ RED