Coffee. The beloved beverage that millions of women worldwide consume daily. It’s often seen as a social lubricant, a productivity booster, and a daily necessity.
Coffee culture has become an integral part of our everyday lives. However, while coffee has become a staple in our society, there is a growing concern about its impact on women’s health as the overconsumption of caffeine can lead to hormonal imbalances that can cause fertility problems.
Coffee culture is so deeply ingrained in our everyday lives that it is hard to imagine a world without it. However, as we delve deeper into the science of caffeine and its effects on the body, we begin to question whether our love affair with coffee is doing us more harm than good.
Should we cancel coffee culture? Let’s explore this topic in more detail.
In many workplaces, coffee is the go-to drink for increasing productivity and keeping you alert and focused. However, the reliance on caffeine can create a vicious cycle of dependence, where you need more and more caffeine to get through the day, leading to a range of negative side effects, including insomnia, headaches, heart palpitations, sleep problems, anxiety and digestive problems.
Many women use caffeine as a crutch to get through busy periods. It’s become a badge of honor to be constantly working and achieving, leading to many women feeling there is a constant to do list, that requires constant fueling. Queue caffeine. The stimulant we love and gives us an artificial state of alertness.
More than 90% of women in the western world start their day with a caffeinated drink.
But is it worth it if it messes with our hormones, metabolism & mental wellbeing?
When you consume caffeine, it blocks the function of a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which is responsible for promoting sleep. Adenosine levels increase throughout the day, making you feel tired and ready to sleep at night. Lovely.
However, when you consume excessive amounts of caffeine, that beautiful biology is blocked, making it harder to wind down, rest, and have high quality restorative sleep.
When you’re trying to conceive, getting adequate sleep is crucial, as your sleep hormone melatonin supports the production of LH & FSH which you need in abundance to ovulate. In addition to this, melatonin is also found in the fluid within your follicles that acts as an antioxidant and protects your egg.
Accessing your natural source of melatonin (through sleep) is key for fertility, and that extra coffee in the afternoon isn’t worth it when you’re trying to conceive, and has the potential to make the journey more challenging than it needs to be.
When you consume caffeine, it causes a spike in adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormones.
So what exactly has that got to do with your fertility? After ovulation occurs, your body produces the hormone Progesterone (which means pro-gestation), which helps you hold a pregnancy. Excessive caffeine can interfere with your progesterone production, as cortisol blocks progesterone. The hormone progesterone makes you feel peace and quiet. When this hormone is low, it makes you feel more anxious and stressed which adds fuel to the caffeine culture fire.
Low progesterone is a women’s health epidemic that not only affects fertility, but women’s health in general
Coffee beans are the most traded commodity globally, with the industry generating billions of dollars annually. However, as the coffee bean industry is heavily sprayed with pesticides, it not only impacts the environment but the health of those who consume coffee.
Remember, pesticides are toxins that have to be metabolized by your liver, and if your liver is overworked from a high toxic load, it can struggle to metabolize and convert other hormones, which can lead to estrogen dominance and push hormones further out of balance.
If you’re consuming coffee or tea. Always go organic.
We don’t blame you and aren’t surprised that you love it. Caffeine makes you feel more alert and gives you that dopamine hit which stimulates your brain’s pleasure centers.
With the right strategy and action plan, cutting back doesn’t have to be hard. In this article we have tips to help you kick the caffeine habit to the curb.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to quitting or cutting down on coffee. It’s important to find an approach that works for you and to be patient and kind to yourself throughout the process. By taking small steps and making gradual changes, you can successfully reduce your caffeine intake and enjoy the many benefits of a lower-stress, more balanced lifestyle.