Are you consuming too much caffeine?

Tucson General Nutrition Center

I get it - coffee is life! And in today’s go-go-go society who has time to crush 8 hours of sleep or even take a nap?! So we load up on the caffeine.

5 shot Americano, please!

But chronic caffeine consumption can have adverse affects.

Overdoing caffeine can affect sleep, blood sugar, insulin levels, and adrenals.

Do you have drops of energy throughout the day? Especially mid-afternoon? Are you having a hard time losing weight? Are you actually tired at bedtime? Do you have difficulty falling asleep?

If you answered yes to any of those questions- check the info below!

Let’s talk about another word that starts with “C”....CORTISOL.

Cortisol is commonly referred to as the stress hormone. When our bodies are functioning properly cortisol is highest in the morning, slowly decreases throughout the day, and should be at it’s lowest at night.

But when we chug cold brew 3x a day, on an empty stomach because we got 3.5 hours of sleep - cortisol gets a little of of whack. Ok, that was a bit dramatic…but you get the point.

In those situations, our bodies release more cortisol in order to help regulate our blood sugar and stabilize our energy. More cortisol = more “stress” on our body. More stress = overworked adrenal glands. Overworked adrenal glands = whacked out cortisol = vicious cycle.

Important to note that this is related to *chronic* consumption of coffee (i.e 4+ cups/day)- no need to break up with coffee if you’re not experiencing any of the above.

Also important to note that- our body works as a system- other factors like what we eat, how we sleep, and how we recover all play an important role in adrenal health and cortisol.

Overall, try keeping caffeine consumption to ~200mg/day, avoid drinking caffeine after 12pm so you can sleep like a boss, and avoid “energy drinks”.

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