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Morning coffee raises the levels of this hormone

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Russian gastroenterologist Dr. Dilyara Lebedeva says that morning coffee can provoke a surge in one hormone – cortisol. Harm from Caffeine, as the doctor noted, causes stimulation of the nervous system. Such stimulation can become a problem. “This threatens a constant spike in cortisol, which can lead to chronic stress and adrenal insufficiency. Moreover, this stimulation will not last long”, explains the doctor. To “load the adrenal glands” less, Dr. Lebedeva recommends drinking coffee during the day when they are at peak activity. People with nervous disorders are better off completely giving up the drink.

The doctor adds that caffeine has a diuretic effect, i.e. promotes fluid removal. Thus, a morning cup of coffee “starts the dehydration process”. If you can’t start your morning without this drink, drink extra plain water, advises the specialist. “If you compensate for lethargy and apathy with doses of caffeine, then think about this: perhaps it is better to find the cause of this condition than to artificially invigorate the body,” says Dr. Lebedeva. Elevated levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone, can include the following symptoms: Frequent and prolonged periods of restlessness and anxiety; Sleep problems, including insomnia and waking at night; Deterioration of mood, irritability and feeling of tension. Fatigue and a feeling of constant exhaustion. Increased appetite and desire to eat harmful foods; Digestive problems, including heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea; Deterioration of memory and concentration. Increased sensitivity to pain; Increased heart rate and increased blood pressure; Deterioration of immune function and increased susceptibility to infections.

“For those who have diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system, who suffer from hypertension, insomnia and diseases of the nervous system, the drink is not recommended. Pregnant women can drink no more than one glass a day. For people with mental disorders, the drink is harmful because it can cause anxiety, nervous agitation and even panic attacks. “There are enough alternative options, you can find something to your taste. However, in any case, before use, you should consult a doctor or study all contraindications”, says the specialist.

Green tea: This drink contains less caffeine than coffee. It is also rich in antioxidant catechins, which have a beneficial effect on the brain.

Cocoa: Just one cup of this drink can increase blood flow to the brain, facilitate solving complex mental problems and reduce fatigue.

Peppermint tea: the menthol in peppermint affects various brain receptors, has a good effect in solving complex mental problems and helps fight fatigue.

Illustrative Photo by Viktoria Alipatova: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-sitting-near-table-with-teacups-and-plates-2074130/

Important: The information is provided for reference purposes only. Consult a specialist about contraindications and side effects and in no case self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

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