What is one easy thing you can do today to help your thyroid and adrenals give you great energy and great metabolism? Be strategic about your caffeine usage.
Foods that contain caffeine happen to have pigments called anthocyanins that contain strong healing antioxidants. This is why there have been so many health news stories extolling the benefits of caffeinated beverages.
However, it is important to realize that the benefits come from the anthocyanins, and not the caffeine.
People have very significant differences on how well they tolerate caffeine. And we all become more sensitive to it once we pass our mid 20s.
Specifically, what happens is that it takes longer to move caffeine through your liver and out of your body as you age.
For instance, if you are in your 40s, you might be able to eliminate up to 100 mg of caffeine over the course of the day.
But imagine what would happen if you consumed even 120 mg every day. Rather than starting over each day you would have a backlog left over from the day before — that means you would start with 20 mg to be put on top of the 120 mg you consume that day.
Eventually, you have caffeine in your bloodstream all day long even if you only consume it in the morning.
That continual exposure to caffeine prevents you from shutting off your cortisol at night. For many people, that can lead to poor sleep; harder to get to sleep and harder to stay asleep.
You can also prevent your body from responding to your thyroid hormones in the morning, which makes you more tired and less able to burn fat.
If you are a regular caffeine user, take a minimum of one day per week to avoid caffeine altogether. This will keep you from building up a backlog. For many, two days works even better, especially when they are consecutive.
You’ll find that the days you have caffeine, you will enjoy it more and get more of a boost out of it then you would if you were a daily user.
If you are more sensitive to caffeine than others, you may be better off focusing on decaffeinated beverages like coffee or tea. Some are sensitive enough to where they are better off avoiding even decaffeinated beverages on a regular basis.
Posts by Alan Christianson, NMD
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