200 mg of caffeine can increase blood cortisol levels by 30% in one hour
Before I continue I must confess I am a coffee drinker but only in moderation at most times lol. Writing this post is a little wake-up call to myself and hopefully, it can be a wake-up call to you especially if you a big caffeine consumer.
Although caffeine can have some positive health effects on the body, if consumed in an irresponsible rate it can be harmful to your health and testosterone levels.
Eliminate caffeine from your diet can be the quickest way to reduce cortisol production and elevate the production of DHEA, the leading anabolic youth hormone. 200 mg of caffeine (one 12 oz mug of coffee) increases blood cortisol levels by 30% in one hour! Cortisol can remain elevated for up to 18 hours in the blood. This is the easiest step to decrease your catabolic metabolism and increase your anabolic metabolism.
As mentioned Cortisol can remain elevated for up to 18 hours in the blood. Cortisol is naturally high in the morning to help the body wake up. A cup of coffee only fuels the fire. Black tea, even though it contains caffeine, lowers cortisol levels in the blood by almost 50%, making it a wonderful coffee substitute.
When the body has elevated cortisol levels, the body can feel fatigued, the mind can feel unfocused and depressed, the immune system is weakened, testosterone levels decrease and losing weight becomes next to impossible because the body wants to hold onto fat stores the body may need during a crisis. This hormone may be a survival mechanism, but it can be challenging for the busy person trying to lose weight and regain mental clarity.
Do you know how much caffeine you are consuming, Or if you are drinking to much?
Symptoms of overdose:
- rapid heartbeat
- trouble sleeping
In Canada, scientists also conducted an extensive review of the scientific literature on caffeine (Study link). Based on this review, they concluded that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day.
So yes you can get away with drinking 400mg a day. But for us who are looking to have optimal health, testosterone levels, sex drive and lowered cortisol levels I would highly recommend drinking no more than 200mg of caffeine in a day, preferably not in one sitting.
Its time to ditch the coffee, that is if you want to have optimal libido levels.
I’m about to go traveling so I thought this is the perfect time to cut down on the caffeine intake to under 200mg a day. I think this is very doable especially with the help of some of the best cappuccino decaf coffee going around. I’ll get back to you on how my journey unfolds and hopefully, you can join me in cutting back on your caffeine intake.