Coffee is America’s drug of choice.  With over 180 million of us beginning the morning with a cup of joe, it’s likely you’re nursing your favorite roast as you read this.  These days, you can’t go onto your Facebook feed without someone blabbing about how they wouldn’t be able to make it through the day without their latte or that they are incredibly tired because they missed said cup of coffee.  The sad truth of this means that most Americans are addicted to coffee which they use to mask adrenal exhaustion and hormonal imbalances to which fatigue is only a symptom.

Additionally, coffee isn’t all that great to begin with.  While fresh, organic coffee that has been sourced ethically can have antioxidant benefits, the majority of the coffee we consume is highly contaminated with pesticides and roasted to the point that it becomes carcinogenic.  Widely known to irritate those with IBS, stomach ulcers, and acid reflux, recent studies have shown that coffee may even weaken the stomach lining and create a door for the ulcer-causing bacteria H. pylori to enter the walls of the intestine!

This isn’t even considering the hormonal effects coffee has.  Because coffee is a stimulant, it pushes our body into a “fight-or-flight” state, meaning blood flow is directed away from our stomach and to our extremities and brain so we can react quickly to assumed danger.  This will give you a sudden sense of energy and mental clarity but it comes at a heavy price.  Regular coffee drinkers experience an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine, which may disrupt normal hormonal balance and functions, contributing to the feeling of always being “on” and having a difficult time relaxing even though you are bone tired.

Why are we tired to begin with?

We wake up in the morning feeling groggy and tired as we eagerly anticipate our first cup of coffee.  Since we have been doing this for years on end many of us don’t even realize that chronic fatigue is not healthy and instead of looking to the root of the problem, we give ourselves a jolt of caffeine to provide artificial energy.  In reality, adrenal exhaustion and hormonal imbalance among other key factors that you can read about here combine to create the perfect storm, constantly dragging down your energy and making you feel awful.

There are many things that contribute to adrenal exhaustion and hormonal imbalances, which, as we discussed, can even be caused by coffee itself!  However, a huge contributor is the toxic environment we now live in.  Every day we touch and interact with objects that have been manufactured with highly poisonous substances that disrupt hormonal and endocrine activity known as EDCs.  These can be found in places such as the pesticides on your produce, the phthalates in your beauty regimen, the PFC lining in your non-stick pans and more.  EWG has compiled a comprehensive list and you can find it here.

Hormonal disruptions, specifically lack of the key hormones DHEA and pregnenolone, have been associated with a plethora of diseases such as depression, obesity, osteoporosis, and even schizophrenia!  Referred to as master hormones, DHEA and pregnenolone are vital for the production, synthesis, and maintenance of almost every hormone in the body.  Therefore, when when these hormones dip to low levels, the rest of your hormones plummet as well.  This leaves you tired, cranky, and craving a cup of coffee.

Don’t Ignore Your Body

The early morning fatigue you feel is your body crying out for help as your it scrapes the bottom of the barrel for the minute portions of DHEA and pregnenolone that you have.  When you take a jolt of caffeine, you start the cycle all over again and chances are you will start re-up around 3 PM, the notorious caffeine crash hour.

Rather than a jolt of caffeine, what your brain really wants is support to properly balance hormones so that you can achieve and maintain hormonal functions all over the body.  When DHEA and pregnenolone are at healthy levels, it helps to bring all of your other hormones in balance as well.  The energy you will feel from achieving hormonal balance is absent of coffee jitters and enduring into the evening.  This is because instead of glossing over the issue of lack of hormonal balance, you are supply your body with the necessary tools to fix the problem.

We recommend our Strength & Energy supplement.  Providing both DHEA and pregnenolone with the added benefit of vitamin D, our quick deliver method carries these vital hormones to every cell in your body in less than a minute when used as directed.                                      

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