Coffee is toxic for women with hormonal issues. We live in a culture that not only encourages coffee consumption, but celebrates it, with a whole industry built around emphasizing the necessity and purpose of coffee as something like a lifestyle choice for women (ever seen those “but first coffee” tees, mugs, and memes, for a start?), so this might come as a shock.
The information we receive about the healthiness of coffee is confused by the fact that the majority of scientific research focuses entirely on men alone. Men can drink coffee, that’s true. But, women should avoid caffeine entirely. We are not biological compatible with caffeine and caffeine is a root cause of many common women’s health problems. However, coffee addiction is real. As someone who used to love coffee - the morning ritual, the taste, everything - I know it’s not as simple as turning off a switch to stop drinking coffee. There’s the psychological dependence, and then there’s the physical dependence that makes caffeine addiction a situation that requires a detox strategy.
Why coffee is bad for women
If you’re skeptical about my assertion that coffee is toxic for women, let me give you a quick rundown of the reasons here. I have written more extensively about this in a previous post.
- Coffee promotes the creation of cysts in the breasts and ovaries
- Coffee, like alcohol, stays in a woman’s system for longer
- 1 cup of coffee disrupts your hormones for 24 hours
- Coffee depletes your body of essential nutrients and minerals
- Coffee is acidic and this negatively impacts your gut health
- 3 cups a day increases infertility rates in men and women!
So, coffee, it’s just not worth it I’m afraid when you are already struggling to regain your optimal endocrine function. We women need to start a backlash against coffee to regain our hormonal health and vitality.
How to detox from coffee
Here’s how to detox from coffee without getting any withdrawal symptoms and without feeling you’re losing out on energy reserves. If you follow these steps you won’t find you feel bad coming off caffeine and you will feel much less inclined to go back to it.
- Decide to detox at the right time in your hormone cycle - and that’s your ovulation phase when you have the most natural energy reserves and feel buoyant.
- Nourish your adrenals with adaptogens that help combat stress like rhodiola, ashwagandha and maca root powder. I like maca root powder from The Maca Team. Jarrow’s Adrenal Optimizer is also a good option for a range of adaptogens in one supplement.
- Use magnesium to replenish your mineral reserves, balance your mood, and combat any headaches you might experience. I recommend Epsom salt baths or topical magnesium.
- As well as your usual B-complex, take added B5 and B12.
- Rehydrate with coconut water that is rich in electrolytes.
- DO gentle exercise like walks and yoga, but avoid heavy cardio in the week or two after stopping coffee.
- Eat a really good, big breakfast every morning, which will give you fuel for the whole day.
The best alternatives to coffee
So now you’re off the coffee, what can you drink instead? At home in the morning to replace that great taste, and also when you’re out meeting friends, and all those other times when everyone else seems to have a coffee cup in hand.
- Kukicha or “twig” tea doesn’t taste like most herbal teas and in fact has a very similar taste to coffee that’s kind of nutty.
- Maca root powder in warm non-dairy milk with a little raw honey as a sweetener - it tastes coffee-like and helps with your detox
- A herbal tea with dandelion root
- Burdock root tea
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this - the science of your body is on your side!
to your FLO,
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