We love our cuppa Joe, but did you know it can affect menopause? For some surprising findings…. read on!
A Maturitas survey of 4,000 women found that, surprisingly, coffee can bring premature menopause. For many of us, from our late teens and right through our lives, we lean on a cup of the black stuff to help us through bouts of tiredness. But what’s it doing to you now? There are upsides and downsides to coffee for everyone, and especially when you’re going through the menopause.
Coffee In The General Sense
The benefits of coffee are well established; it can beat away tiredness, make you more alert, and help you – in conjunction with a decent diet – to keep your waistline down. It’s good stuff, basically, when taken in moderation. In culinary terms, it can be a delicious after-thought to a meal, or a delightfully comforting beverage when going through tough times or just when you like to feel cozy (though perhaps it’s better to dodge coffee in the summer, especially if you’re dealing with hot flashes). Coffee is incredibly versatile, too, coming in dozens of different forms for all sorts of different tastes and schedules.
Coffee can be hazardous to those diagnosed with anxiety, as it can summon up anxious feelings and put you on edge. It can be tricky for those with heart and vascular issues, by pushing the heart too hard and too fast. But what about the problems for those experiencing the menopause?
Coffee and the Menopause
The main issue with imbibing coffee – or caffeine generally, so watch out for those cola cans – is that, according to a study by the Mayo Clinic, caffeine exacerbate hot flashes, increasing their intensity or their frequency. The caffeine and your sharpened senses, or increased sensitivity, can also have a knock on effect if you’re experiencing a change in your general mood. The same study has linked caffeine usage to hot sweats during the night, too.
Furthermore, a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that caffeine can enhance bone loss in menopausal women, especially when paired with low levels of calcium – menopausal women taking anything between 450 and 1100mg of coffee a day (which is only slightly over the maximum RDA) experienced issues.
What’s The Verdict?
Caffeine is a wonderful tool, and especially so in coffee. It can help you keep the pounds off, gives you viable options for snacks, after-dinner and more, and can act as a great stimulant for when you’re struggling with tiredness and fatigue, a crutch to push you over the finish line. But, it can adversely affect any menopause symptoms you’re having, and exacerbate the symptoms of psychological issues.
The key is, like many things, moderation. Bearing in mind the caffeine can have a detrimental effect on your menopause symptons, if you really love the stuff, try and restrict your usage. The guideline is 400mg – or, four cups of filter coffee. If it’s just the tea, coffee and soda you like, not the caffeine kick, try some delicious alternatives.
Essentially, it comes down to you, the consumer. If you can see a pattern – drinking coffee brings you up, takes you down, or does nothing – then maybe it’s time to address your consumption. If you love it – great! But if you don’t, but love it too much to put it down, then mitigate it.
This guest post was graciously contributed by Sally, Content Manager for a spirituality focused hiking, camping, and outdoors site, Backpackerverse. You will want to check out.