Is Coffee Bad for Adrenal Health?
Coffee by itself has shown some amazing health benefits, such as lowering the risk for chronic diseases and cancers, reducing risk of suicide, and lowering your chance of developing a brain-related disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Consumed in lower doses, it can give your body a boost of energy and motivation without the side effects of headaches or insomnia. The problem comes when you are already chronically stressed and you add highly caffeinated coffee to the mix; for many people, this only adds to your elevated cortisol levels.
Suggested caffeine consumption per day for adults is 300 to 400 mg, or about three to four cups, but, if you’re in the group of people who don’t tolerate caffeine well, I recommend less. What are the other alternatives? Drinking water infusions with citrus and mint will give your body a natural boost of energy without any harmful side effects. Or, one of my personal favorites is matcha green tea made from the entire leaf rather than just herbs brewed in water. Easily added to green smoothies, it contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, as well as healthy levels of caffeine for your body. In addition, it contains L-theanine, which helps to reduce stress levels in the body while boosting memory and concentration.
The truth about coffee and adrenal fatigue is that it really depends on the person. Good news? Maybe, but be sure to take the time to listen to your body and see what it’s trying to tell you. Taking a break from coffee or caffeine can be a great idea, especially when there are other alternatives available. And if you’re already living a healthy lifestyle with no major issues with chronic stress, coffee probably won’t be your downfall.