Coffee isn’t necessarily bad for everyone, but if you need coffee to function, then there is definitely a health issue you should be addressing. A need for caffeine whether it be in coffee, tea, soda, or a pill form, means that energy isn’t happening naturally the way it should be. Low energy in the morning is most commonly an adrenal gland or thyroid gland dysfunction. The adrenal glands secrete a hormone called cortisol that is normally higher in the morning and lower at night, promoting sleep. Many people have low cortisol levels throughout the entire day leading to lackluster energy and performance. Some people have backwards cortisol circadian rhythms where their cortisol levels are low in the morning and high at night. We call these people, “tired and wired.” They tend to need coffee in the morning to get going and alcohol at night to get to sleep. Tests today, such as an Adrenal Stress Index, can measure your cortisol output throughout the day with four simple non-invasive saliva samples. Prolonged caffeine intake can and will lead to fatigue issues, joint problems, digestive troubles, and hormone issues, just to name a few symptoms.
If you need coffee to function properly and give you energy, that’s not healthy, even if it has butter in it!