The simple fact of the matter is, what we put into our bodies can make a difference. While cutting out one thing from our diet may or may not have the dramatic impact we’re looking for, each step is a step to better health.
Take caffeine for example. Studies have shown that women who drink one to one and a half cups of coffee each day had up to a 50% reduction in fertility. Three cups a day has been linked to early miscarriage (new evidence shows 200 milligrams as the limit). Yes, there are some women who conceive while drinking multiple cups of coffee a day. Yes there are women who drink it during their entire pregnancy. But remember that each of our bodies are so very different and what affects one women will have no affect on the other.
Some basic facts about caffeine that could effect fertility:
- The liver has to convert caffeine so that it may be passed in your urine. Your liver also has to deal with excreting your hormones. If the liver is overworked in one area, it can’t function properly.
- Caffeine increases the excretion of calcium. Calcium helps build strong bones and the bones of a baby.
- It has also been shown to dehydrate your body, something you need to keep your system in tip top shape.
- Coffee in particular is hard on your adrenal glands – your adrenal glands control your sex hormones.
While it may seem to some that I’m on the extreme side of things here when I say to cut out caffeine completely, I’ve also realized it’s a relatively easy thing to do. I used to be a soda junkie, then turned coffee junkie when my parents owned a coffeehouse. I had at least one large cup per day (by the way, one cup is equal to about 8oz, so if you’re drinking out of a 16oz cup like I did, it’s two cups) and a lot of times two. Caffeine is the most used drug in America, and if you’re addicted like so many others, start slow and cut back a little at a time. Get a small instead of the grande, or ask for half decaff until you can cut it out completely. For those of us who don’t drink coffee, you still need to be careful about sodas, chocolate, tea, and medications.
And you know, I think it’s not only the caffeine in the drinks, but the sugar and flavorings as well. That’s a lot for your body to deal with! Sugar causes your body to lose excess amounts of vitamin B during digestion and also causes a spike in insulin, which effects your endocrine/hormone system. And while this may not be the one issue between you and fertility, is it not worth the extra effort?
How much caffeine do you normally drink each day? Is it something you could give up?
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