Oh nothing better than a delicious cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The smell alone brings back so many good memories and coziness for me.
Unfortunately, coffee does not have a positive influence on my cycle and so this week I decided not to drink any more coffee. But I'll admit, I'm having a hard time with it.
Maybe you get angry that you should drink less or no more coffee after reading this blog post or maybe you just thank me with this new info. Feel free to let me know.
So here we go: Coffee unfortunately has a negative impact on your hormones and especially if you suffer from hormonal imbalance (PMS, cramps, acne, headaches, bloating, irregular cycle).
☕️Do not drink coffee on an empty stomach. Research shows that drinking coffee before breakfast will mess up your blood sugar. Unstable blood sugar levels are an underlying cause of many menstrual problems. Just before and during your period you can sometimes see an increase in your glucose levels and the first days after your period you are more likely to have low blood sugars.
☕️ Genes determine how much coffee you can drink and how quickly you break down caffeine. Caffeine is broken down in the liver with the help of the CYP1A2 enzyme (which is regulated by the CYP1A2 gene). If, like me, you get a bit nervous or anxious after a cup of coffee, then genetically you will probably not be able to break down caffeine easily and it will stay in your body longer. In that case, it is also advisable to see if you can replace coffee with something else.
☕️Caffeine stimulates insulin and cortisol (= stress hormone) which, according to various studies, could have a negative influence on your ovulation and fertility. When our bodies experience too much stress, they suppress female hormones. Cortisol will, as it were, steal progesterone to make more cortisol. So it's a kind of robbery, based on the wrong signals.
The result? A disrupted cycle. You can notice this in many ways, from severe menstrual pain to increased blood loss. Other women have their periods extended or sometimes have to wait months before they have their periods again.
☕️Caffeine/coffee reduces the absorption of minerals and vitamins. It has a negative effect on the absorption of Vitamin B, folic acid and magnesium. Caffeine causes the kidneys to process extra magnesium. By drinking a lot of coffee you risk a magnesium deficiency. If you take supplements, it is important not to take them with coffee for optimal absorption.
In addition, your intestinal flora can be disturbed by the acidity of coffee. Consider adding probiotics to keep your gut healthy.