I tried Mud Water for 30 days. Here’s what happened.
Posted On July 20, 2021
I felt 2021 was the year for breaking my caffeine addiction. After a thyroid crisis and health scare in July, I finally was pushed to do it… Better late than never, right?
After Mud Water had been stalking me via Instagram ads for a solid 7 months, I finally took the bait and decided to give it a 30 trial. After all, how in the world was I supposed to quit coffee cold turkey? I needed all the help I could get. Plus, 30 days without coffee seemed to be enough time to figure out if it really was the culprit to my health concerns.
After a solid 30 days, I’m here to successfully say I did it! I broke down a week-by-week symptom check and tracker so that you know what to expect, and you can decide if Mud Water is right for you before you dish out the dough.
The first week sucked, I’m not going to lie. I was tired and all I wanted to do was go to Starbucks and order a nice large iced coffee and chug it down. But alas, I’m the original holistic health babe, failure was not an option.
Mud Water did seem to alleviate any caffeine headaches I may have otherwise had. I only noticed two days where a dull headache slowed me down, but nothing like I knew in the past. I also noticed that, be it slight, I did have more focus from the adaptogenic mushrooms. This helped me get my work down without sleeping the days away. Thank you, lion’s mane!
During the second week, I noticed I was sleeping better, waking up without feeling out of it, and the brain fog was gone! I always had brain fog with coffee, but it was a drawback I put up with for the flavor and temporary energy rush.
Week 2 also revealed that my afternoon slumps weren’t quite so intense. With my old morning coffee routine, I would normally crash around 2 pm and could sleep a solid 3 hours — naps are awesome. With my new Mud Water habit, I started to get slightly tired around 3 or 4, but I could push through if I stayed busy. On the extra rough days, I just made a second dose of Mud in the afternoon and that got me through the slump without affecting my sleep.
By week 3 I had my sleep schedule back. Coming from someone who has always dealt with insomnia, that’s a big deal. Coming from someone who’s drank coffee since they were a teenager, that should have been common sense, but we aren’t here to judge.
Not only was I able to sleep a solid 8 hours a night and wake up feeling rested, I noticed my dreams were more vivid, and I was able to remember them longer upon waking. I believe the reishi mushrooms used in Mud Water have a lot to do with that restfulness.
By last week, the habit had been fully implemented. I’ve officially overcome my cravings for coffee. I still used decaf as a base for Mud Water when I want the coffee flavor, and for the sake of nostalgia. I do love hearing those beans grind. But I overcome my caffeine addiction, and that is something I never thought would be possible.
Overall, here are the pros and cons of drinking Mud Water:
Social anxiety minimized
Does not affect digestion
Better dream recall
Skin cleared up? … This could also have been because of my newly implemented minimalist skincare routine.
Residue at the bottom of the cup – requires stirring every once in a while
Doesn’t taste like coffee
As you can see, for me, the pros outweigh the cons. The powder stirs well with the frother but I like to enjoy my morning drink slowly, so the residue ends up settling at the bottom of my mug. Not a huge deal-breaker for me, I just swirl my drink a few times and finish the last sips.
I do miss that dark rich flavor of coffee, even with my decaf base it’s just not the same. Overall, I feel as though I have done something good for my health, and quitting coffee has been a long time coming.
Mud Water claims that benefits are more noticeable the longer you use it. While that’s a great marketing ploy, I’ll be continuing my experiment another 30 days to see if there are any increased benefits and update you further. So far, the 30 days were 100% worth it, and regardless of any “increased” benefits, I do enjoy my new routine.
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