Have you been wondering if you should ditch your morning coffee?
If you’re struggling with painful periods and ridiculous PMS symptoms, you’re going to want to read this one!
There’s a lot of controversy around whether you should or shouldn’t drink coffee and if it’s truly bad for your hormones. So, here’s the deal:
Coffee contains caffeine and caffeine affects everyone differently. There are a few reasons for this, including liver function, gut function, mental health, and our genetics – how quickly or slowly we metabolize caffeine.
Basically, the only we way we know if caffeine is causing harm to our hormones is to pay attention to our body’s signals! Here’s a few questions to consider:
1. Are you dependent on coffee for energy every day? If so, the habit of needing coffee can signal a problem with adrenal health (1).
2. Are you reliant on coffee for bowel movements? If so, it’s time to investigate the root cause for sluggish #2s (2).
3. Do you get a stomach ache or diarrhea after drinking coffee? If so, this is a sign from your gut that coffee does not agree with you (2).
4. Could it be contributing to anxiety? If you struggle with anxiety, you may want to skip the second cup of coffee (3).
5. Are your period cramps more severe when you drink coffee? Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and may cause the vessels that feed the uterus to tighten (4).
6. Do you notice changes in your cycle when you drink a lot of coffee? Coffee is a diuretic, therefore it takes key fertility nutrients out of the body (vitamin C, B vitamins, zinc, calcium, and magnesium) (5). *There are studies that show that moderate caffeine intake is associated with higher estrogen levels – and we know higher estrogen levels are associated with worsened PMS symptoms and conditions like endometriosis (6).
So, what should you do?
Stop or significantly decrease your caffeine intake – things like coffee, energy drinks, sodas, black tea, etc. and replace them with herbal teas, infused water (think lemon and cucumber), and fresh pressed fruit and/or vegetable juices. This can be hard to do at first if you’re a coffee addict like I used to be, so be easy on yourself and set yourself up for success by setting one goal at a time. Maybe one week you only have one cup of coffee per day instead of three, and the next week you substitute your coffee for green tea. Find out what works best for you.
Need help making these changes for your hormone health? Check out my private hormone coaching where I guide clients through personalized changes to help them ease their period symptoms and feel good in their bodies again.
I want to hear from you!
Does coffee increase your menstrual pain? It certainly does for me. Let’s chat about it! I want to hear about your experience with caffeine and your menstrual cycle.
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