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Coffee is the single most difficult thing for people to give up. Which makes sense, since it is addictive 😛

 

“Do you cut coffee in your program? I don’t want to give up my coffee. I can’t give up my coffee. What will I do without my coffee?”

 

Here’s why coffee needs to go (at least temporarily and then you can see)

 

1. Coffee raises your cortisol levels. Cortisol is your stress hormone. It follows a rhythm specific to your sleep-wake cycle, with high levels that peak 30–45 minutes after rising and slowly decline throughout the rest of the day

 

So cortisol is at its peak level when you wake up (and drink your coffee).
Drinking coffee when your cortisol level is at its peak may increase levels of this hormone.

 

Elevated levels of cortisol over long periods can impair your immune system, causing health problems like:

 

* Fatigue.
* Bruising easily.
* Swelling in the legs.
* Mood swings.
* Irregular periods.
* Mental fogginess.
* Muscle weakness.
and..
Cortisol belly—when you feel like you’re doing everything right and working out, but you get this ‘pouch’ in your midsection that just won’t go away.

 

2. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach before breakfast can sabotage your blood sugar, according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition — and imbalanced blood sugar is bad news for your hormones.

 

Drinking coffee before eating, as many people who are feeling groggy and listless in the mornings do, experience substantial increases in blood sugar compared with those who ate something first.

 

Even if you’re a breakfast first person, it’s worth reconsidering your coffee intake altogether. Caffeinated beverages, no matter when you drink them, can disrupt hormone balance and make problems worse.
The problem is when blood sugar rises too high, as is the case when we eat a lot of sugar or when we have coffee before breakfast

 

Blood sugar surges and so does insulin, and those spikes interfere with ovulation, which messes up progesterone production and contributes to one of the most common, and most troublesome, hormone imbalances: estrogen dominance.

 

And when you have estrogen dominance, you may experience:

 

heavy/painful periods
MS
headaches
decreased sex drive, bloating
mood swings,
fatigue
anxiety
depression
breast tenderness
Breast cysts
endometriosis
fibroids
PCOS
weight gain around your thighs and belly

 

Studies suggest that caffeine intake may fuel the growth of breast cysts and increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage.
Caffeine also drains the body of hormone-balancing minerals and nutrients. So you may be eating all the healthy food..but your body can’t benefit from any of it.

 

Add all this together with the synthetic estrogens we’re exposed to in the environment, and you’re set up for progesterone deficiency, estrogen dominance, and symptom-causing hormone imbalances.
Re-think your coffee 😆

 

Your Welcome,
Lisa Stern-Bergin
Embrace Your Wellness Journey