Coffee and Hormones

Ok so I know this is a controversial topic and with all the contradicting info out there its hard not to get confused. 

Just to make it clear, a lot of these tests on the benefits of coffee have been done on men. Who experiences the most negative benefits of coffee? Women!

I’m going to try make this as simple as possible and highlight just some of the reasons why coffee may not be the best for you ladies, especially those struggling with hormonal issues, PCOS, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts, and Fibrocystic breasts, infertility.

How often do you ladies do self examinations on your breasts, yes, literally feel yourself up! Caffeine can increase the development of benign breast disease. Did you know that? I certainly didn’t until I dived into research papers to find out more. 

What’s sad is that it’s taken this long to pinpoint this because unfortunately a lot of issues complained to doctors by women have been pushed to the side as “typical woman complaining “ or there just hasn’t been enough funding for such research.

For everyone else with hormonal sensitivity, it might not cause cysts, but it may disrupt your system. I know it’s hard to digest these things especially when things are happening internally. But remember, what happens inside shows on the outside and the outcomes of your energy.

A lot of people feel like coffee must be good for them in one way or another (using it as a crutch, to go poop, energy source because we are under-rested and undernourished, used to replace meals as it “suppresses” appetite, a comforting ritual) and with all of the extraordinary marketing by big brands and continuously reported contradictory research, of course you would. The truth however is that we’re addicted and we don’t know the biochemical effects of this substance on our hormones.

If you’re struggling with your period, fibroids, cysts of any kind in the breast or ovary, endometriosis, infertility, low sex drive, moodiness, low energy, and weight issues – coffee is fuel to the fire.

Here are two more reasons why you should rethink your Cup Of Joe.

Your Genes Determine If You Can Metabolize Caffeine Safely

Caffeine is broken down by the liver using the enzyme CYP1A2. 

If you have a mutation in this gene, it will dictate how your liver will be able to break down and eliminate caffeine from your system, I.e. fast or slow metabolizer.

Here’s the other interesting thing about the enzyme CYP1A2,  it’s also involved by the liver in the metabolism of estrogen. So if you’re struggling with PMS and hormonal issues, a diagnosed estrogen-dominant condition like PCOS, Fibroids, Endometriosis, etc, then you should think twice about adding caffeine to your daily health regime.

Caffeine Increases Infertility Rates!

It’s alarming how significant an impact this has on fertility for both men and women, and yet it’s rarely ever mentioned as a dietary change required when pursuing conception by any means, natural or medically supported.  It’s such a small change but so impactful.

If you struggle with iron issues, then you really need to get off the coffee train for a while. Caffeine blocks absorption of iron into the system.

I know it’s sucky if you really love coffee, it’s a part of a warming ritual that you may have and it’s hard to get your mind around it. But just remember, it just takes one small thing to make a big difference. 

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