Yesterday on the show, Stace spoke about her realisation that her relationship with coffee might be intrinsically connected to her anxiety.
She’s been waking up with a cup of coffee for the last 10 years, and after recently replacing it with ginger tea for a slower approach to her day, noticed that she’s much calmer and slower in a good way throughout her day.
We think this could be a game changer for a lot of people with anxiety who’re still drinking caffeinated drinks.
Robbie Clarke is an accredited dietician from thehealthclinic.com.au, and he called in to tell us the science behind this. As it turns out, there is plenty of research showing that caffeine increases your stress hormone, specifically cortisol and epinephrine.
When we’re feeling the effects of caffeine, those hormones are responsible for elevating your heart rate, increasing blood pressure and even your respiration rate, which is exactly what happens during an anxiety attack.
Robbie added that for us chicks, there’s something else affecting how we metabolise caffeine – The Pill. Some pills can enhance the effects of caffeine and the symptoms of anxiety too.
Robbie recommends that if you suffer from anxiety, trialling a break from caffeine could be very valuable – especially if you’re on the pill.