My hypothyroid and hashimotos clients often tell me that they simply cannot give up coffee.
They feel exhausted and it’s the only thing that gives them a boost of energy to get up and get moving in the morning.
They say, “It’s only one cup per day, and I can’t go without it.”
Coffee is the only thing that helps them have a good BM. Without that morning java their bowel movements get backed up.
There are a couple of things that need to be considered here.
The first is… why are they feeling so exhausted and needing a large jolt of energy to get their processes moving?
The thyroid is a messenger. It may be slowing the bodily processes down for a reason.
Some of those reasons include:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- High stress
- Congested lymphatic system
- Adrenal fatigue
- Poor quality sleep
It’s wise to listen to what the thyroid is telling you with it’s slowing-down process, and make simple adjustments to the categories above.
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The second thing to consider is that it’s okay to drink coffee. But, understand that it can and does have a negative impact on the adrenals, endocrine system, and ultimately the thyroid if it’s abused.
Caffeine stimulates the release of cortisol and epinephrine, and increases blood pressure.
This is great if you need a quick burst of energy to get somewhere quickly, or to run away from something scary… like your job, an annoying family member, or the state of the modern world, but it’s imperative to keep in mind that caffeine induces a stress response.
Unfortunately, if you begin your day, every day, with an elevated stress response due to coffee or other highly caffeinated beverages, eventually you are going to be frazzled and feeling the effects of prolonged stress. This dysfunctional state of being (chronic stress) depletes energy from the bodily reserves and sets the whole system up for exhaustion and eventually a bigger disease.
To get out of chronically self-induced stress, I encourage my clients to reduce their caffeine intake or eliminate it entirely.
Here is what I suggest:
- Drink gentle herbal teas that lift the energy by nourishing the body, rather than depleting it.
- Brew homemade mushroom coffee with Reishi, Maitake, and Chaga for a burst of energy that contains zero caffeine.
- Switch to lightly caffeinated green tea for a little boost of energy, rather than an explosive burst that shoots you high into the sky and crashes you back down to earth again.
- And, if you absolutely cannot give up coffee, try one of the Four Sigmatic Mushroom coffee blends. These contain less caffeine than regular coffee, as well as healing constituents of medicinal mushrooms to help counter the negative effects of that caffeine. My clients love these mushroom blends!
So, if you are feeling totally wiped it may be time to reconsider your morning coffee ritual.
Your thyroid and adrenals will love you for it.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.