I think I just Hacked my Coffee
I think I just hacked my morning coffee ☕️.
You see, coffee is a hormone disruptor, so if you are working on menstrual or fertility issues, it’s not the best thing for you.
Caffeine strongly affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis influences the body’s ability to manage stress, both at rest and activity. The adrenal glands secrete the hormones: epinephrine and cortisol. Epinephrine, or adrenaline, increases respiration rate, heart rate and blood pressure; while cortisol frees up stored glucose, which we need in greater amounts during times of perceived stress. This is an excellent acute response to an immediate stress, however it becomes a damaging response when the stress is chronic (such as the cumulative demands of our daily modern lives).
Further, the liver detoxifies caffeine using the CYP1A2 enzyme system, which is also responsible for initial metabolism of estrogen in the body. This is one reason caffeine is likely metabolized more slowly in women taking oral contraceptives or postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and why of you have a hormonal imbalance related to your menstrual cycle, it’s wise to avoid caffeine.
Buuuuut..... I have two little at home and mama loves her coffee in the morning. I don’t need it, but I do enjoy it and I let myself have that. ☺️
So, this morning I had a wonderful idea to combine maca a known adaptogen (helps the body manage stress) into my coffee along with my already awesome combo of coconut oil and nut milk.
This is probably something that people already do, but for me this morning, it was pure genius!
Mama must have been on my mind because I’m creating a downloadable and printable mini textbook about Hormone Balancing Herbs. As soon as it’s done, I’ll let you know here.
Happy mornings and hoping you have an equally amazing brain spark for yourself 💥