Coffee stresses your adrenals. It's like every day you are in the "fight or flight" mode by what coffee does to your nervous system. Eventually it burns out. Think I'm full of it? Why do you think thyroid problems are epidemic for women 40-60? It IS catching up with you. It's a stimulant drug. To pretend that will not affect you is to be naive and wishful thinking. Coffee doesn't give you energy. It gives you the ILLUSION of energy.
Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones. Two major hormones affected by stress are cortisol and adrenaline.
Adrenaline is the "fight-or-flight" hormone that provides your body with a surge of energy to respond to immediate danger.
Unfortunately, chronic stress causes cortisol levels to remain elevated, which leads to excessive calorie intake and obesity, including increased belly fat.
Elevated adrenaline levels can cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate and anxiety. However, these symptoms are usually fairly short-lived because, unlike cortisol, adrenaline is less likely to become chronically elevated.
Avoiding or minimizing these foods may be instrumental in optimizing hormone function and avoiding obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Be looking for High Fructose Corn Syrup under these sneaky names:
1. Maize syrup
2. Glucose syrup
3. Glucose/fructose syrup
4. Tapioca syrup
5. Fruit fructose
6. Crystalline fructose
Except for natural sugar in fruits & veggies, anything else is affecting your hormones.
The less your body has to process food, the more it relies on your fat tissue for energy.
A lack of sleep or inadequate deep sleep, is 100% affecting your hormones and keeping you fat.
Sleep restriction results in an insulin-resistant state in human adipocytes (fat).
What's keeping you from sleeping?
Stress. Stimulants. Cortisol. Blue screens from phones & computers. These all disrupt natural melatonin production which begins at sundown.
Make your sleep a zen experience. White noise. Get offline two hours before sleep.