We hear so much about caffeine being so bad for us (which it is in high doses) that it makes sense that the market for decaf everything is thriving. We think that drinking ten cups of decaf coffee is OK because it’s decaf, right? Wrong! It’s impossible to know which or how many chemicals or strange ingredients were involved in the decaffeinating process. To reduce your caffeine intake at home naturally follow these steps:
- Pour boiling water in a cup with your tea bag or tea leaves and leave for 5 minutes.
- Pour out the water in the cup but keep the tea bag or leaves.
- Use the tea bag or tea leaves to make a fresh cup of tea.
No method you use at home will remove all of the caffeine from the tea. In fact, the only way to be 100% sure that your tea contains no caffeine is to drink a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea. For the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), only peppermint and spearmint herbals teas are allowed. This way of decaffeinating tea at home though, could remove up to 80% of the caffeine in your drink which multiplied a couple of times a day adds up to quite a lot.
As much as I use this method for my tea, I try to exercise moderation in caffeine, as well as everything else. If the SCD has taught me anything it’s that a lot of ANY food or drink is just not good.