Does coffee impact your hormones?
This article is for you if you love coffee and can not live without it.
If you struggle with hormone issues, this post is for you because I want to share my four secret ingredients that are the key to healthier and more hormone-friendly coffee.
In other words, I want to reveal the unique ingredients that will transform your coffee into a healthy version without triggering any side effects. Remember, more beneficial coffee does not have to be boring.
In the meantime, remember that we are all different, so what suits me may not suit you.
If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes, endometriosis, or other hormone-related conditions, you must be aware of the “other side of coffee.”
Your morning coffee could be disrupting your sleep and your hormones.
Coffee may make you awake, but it raises blood sugar levels, reduces thyroid hormones, contributes to the overproduction of “dirty” estrogen, and stimulates the inflammatory response.
Coffee messes with our hormones, ultimately affecting our sleep.
As an endo woman, I had to make significant changes to my diet to stop the development of endometriosis and avoid endo flare-ups.
The one thing I did not give up on was my morning coffee, but after much experimentation, I can say I have the right recipe that works for my hormones.
Giving up coffee is the most challenging transition there is. But not impossible. The only problem is that I did not want to do it.
I love the smell of coffee, the quick energy boost, and the mental clarity that comes with a good cup of coffee in the morning.
Should you drink it or not?
That is one of the most contradictory questions in nutrition.
Coffee is the most popular morning drink for a quick energy boost. Since your body absorbs caffeine, you will immediately notice the energy boost.
Because coffee from popular chains is often loaded with sugar and other artificial ingredients that are not health or hormone friendly, I prefer to make my coffee from organic coffee beans and grind it myself.
I remember a friend of mine who had problems with constipation for years. His doctor advised him to have coffee in the morning because it helps with regular bowel movements.
To find the correct answer, you need to get an overall picture of your health:
What about your hormone levels?
What about your sleep?
What is your stress level?
Some people drink a few cups of coffee a day and feel great. Others do not. Each of us can react differently to coffee.
I think a moderate amount of caffeine per day is acceptable unless there are medical reasons, like people with anxiety. Caffeine and anxiety are mutually dependent. Too much caffeine can make you jittery and even more anxious than before.
Five lesser-known facts about coffee:
It increases blood sugar levels.
Caffeine raises blood sugar levels. We must also steady our blood sugar levels to keep our hormones balanced.
Causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
When our blood sugar levels drop, we need an intermediate solution to back them up. I have found that after drinking a cup of unhealthy coffee, I feel hungry and crave carbohydrates.
It may contribute to and even cause osteoporosis.
A study has confirmed that habitual coffee consumption is the leading cause of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
I learned from my naturopath that caffeine consumption could reduce bone mineral density and negatively affect calcium retention.
It can lead to insomnia and poor sleep.
That depends on the individual and the body’s ability to metabolize coffee.
Hold off for at least seven hours before bedtime. Our bodies need time to process the caffeine.
It contributes to the overproduction of “dirty” estrogen.
That is especially problematic in menopausal women or those with endometriosis.
Endometriosis and caffeine consumption.
After all these years of living with endometriosis, I can say there is a link between diet and endometriosis. Just changing your eating habits has a significant impact on healing endometriosis. And I can say that from my own experience.
As for me, I have found that coffee triggers inflammation in my body that causes endometriosis to flare up.
I love my morning coffee, so I do not want to ditch it. For me, coffee is my morning energy boost and my reason to eat a healthy, delicious piece of homemade cake.
In my experience with coffee and tea, reducing the amount of caffeine in coffee or tea is recommended if you have endo.
If you are a coffee lover, always choose good quality. I prefer to buy organic coffee beans to avoid pesticides. It’s an absolute pleasure for my senses when I grind the beans for my morning coffee.
If you choose decaf, you may already know that there are two ways to remove caffeine from coffee: water or chemicals. To make the healthier choice for you, read the label and choose the package that says water as the method for making decaf coffee.
Top tips for a healthy coffee endo and hormone balance friendly:
Education on eating habits from a young age is so vital for us later as adults.
I still remember the first three rules my mom taught me when I first started drinking coffee:
- Never drink your coffee on an empty stomach.
- Do not add sugar.
- Put some milk in your coffee to make it more digestible.
My tips are mainly for menopausal women, women with endometriosis, and women who struggle with hormonal fluctuations.
Use organic coffee beans. Always opt for organic because coffee is the most pesticide-sprayed crop in the world. For your hormones, spend the extra money on a high-quality coffee. Your health deserves it.
Do not drink your coffee on an empty stomach. Many people start their day with a large cup of coffee.
Coffee is heavy on the stomach, so pour some milk over it.
Because coffee is acidic, it can cause problems such as heartburn or acid reflux in people with sensitive stomachs.
Do not drink more than one cup of coffee a day. A cup of coffee in the afternoon might be tempting on a gloomy day. However, hold off for at least seven hours before bedtime. Our bodies need time to process the caffeine.
My doctor recommends that I drink my coffee no later than 1 p.m. because it can disrupt my sleep. I have gotten into drinking no more than one coffee daily and enjoy it in the morning.
Add healthy ingredients to your coffee to prevent inflammation: Cinnamon, turmeric powder, collagen peptides, coconut oil, and your favorite milk.
Swap out store-bought coffee for homemade or enjoy it only occasionally. That will help you avoid oodles of sugar and extra calories and keep your waistline in shape.
Avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Instead, add a small amount of coconut sugar or stevia. This choice is better than consuming artificial sweeteners and refined sugar in most cups.
Most popular coffees (frappuccino, cappuccino, caramel mocha, latte) are fortified with sugar.
An unhealthy coffee choice in your daily habit will start gaining extra pounds.
Avoid artificial coffee whiteners because they contain a whole host of substances you do not want to feed your body daily, like corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. But you can improve your coffee by adding natural cream (full-fat, organic, and grass-fed) or a spoonful of collagen peptides.
Full-fat cream contains vitamin K2, which is linked to lower heart disease and cancer rates.
How to make your coffee healthier – menopause, endo, and hormone friendly:
My secret ingredients to put in your coffee are:
Collagen helps to keep inflammation at a reasonable level and is excellent for lubricating your joints. When I forget my daily dose, I can feel the difference in my knee joints, which were damaged in my youth by my passion for mountain biking.
In women after 45, collagen levels begin to decline, leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and muscle atrophy and even affecting the tissues in the vagina and urinary tract.
Benefits of taking collagen.
Because it is so rich in healing amino acids (glycine and proline), increased intake of collagen can be beneficial for:
It supports the health of joints, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and bones.
Supports gut health
May improve pelvic and vaginal health
It helps restore healthy hair, skin, and nails
It May help increase levels of satiety hormones in the body to prevent food cravings.
It improves your sleep due to its high glycine content.
Note: Add the collagen powder to a cup before adding coffee.
Extra virgin coconut oil:
I add one teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee. I love the taste of coconut oil in my coffee.
Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats.
You can use pastured or ghee butter if you are not a coconut lover. I use a milk frother to make my coffee a little frothier.
Ghee butter nourishes all body tissues, including the reproductive organs. It is unique in its ability to help the rejuvenation process.
Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder:
As I told you before, caffeine increases blood sugar levels. We must also steady our blood sugar levels to keep our hormones balanced. Cinnamon promotes healthy blood sugar levels.
I add cinnamon to my coffee to control my blood sugar levels and get a boost of antioxidants. Just add some cinnamon to your cup of coffee.
Organic Turmeric Powder:
I add ¼ teaspoon of organic turmeric powder to my coffee because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Here is how to prepare your healthier version of coffee:
Add the following ingredients to your cup of coffee:
One scoop of collagen peptide
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (ghee or grass-fed butter).
¼ teaspoon organic turmeric powder.
½ teaspoon organic Ceylon cinnamon powder
Two tablespoons of your favorite milk. I prefer goat’s milk. (optional)
Add hot coffee and stir. Or place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until well combined.
Unless you have health problems, a cup of coffee daily is safe as part of a healthy lifestyle and even offers some health benefits.
Add healthy ingredients to your coffee to prevent inflammation in the body: cinnamon, turmeric powder, collagen peptides, coconut oil, and milk.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know what healthy ingredient you added to your coffee by leaving a comment below.
Until next time, stick to your health goals, enjoy your healthy cup of joy, be happy and have fun!
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