Is Caffeine Stressing You Out?

My primary focus in my practice is balance, and helping people understand that what we eat (and drink) affects our hormones and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).  It’s important to take note of the food/mood connection, and to understand the relationship between the foods we eat and our overall health. 

Caffeine stimulates the excretion of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Overexposure to cortisol can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment.

And if that’s not enough to discourage you from consuming too much caffeine, keep in mind that it inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the excretion of minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.  So even if you are eating a healthy diet, your body may not be absorbing all of those fabulous nutrients or you may be excreting them before they can be put to good use in your cells.

If you would like to learn more about caffeine and how it's affecting your health, please contact me to set up a free initial consultation. 


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