What we drink affects our hormone balance and overall health. We often forget how much what we drink can affect us.
Alcohol intake has been shown to increase estrogen levels in both men and women. High estrogen levels in men can block the beneficial effects of Testosterone, cause moodiness, and can cause breast enlargement and prostate growth. Estrogen excess in women can cause PMS, fat deposition, period irregularities, moodiness, and irritability; among other things.
Caffeine can increase cortisol (our stress hormone) levels and reduce melatonin (our sleep hormone) levels. This can cause insomnia, irritability, anxiety, and weight gain, etc. Drinking 2 or more cups of caffeine containing drinks can also increase estrogen levels–causing similar issues as alcohol.
Consuming dairy products may affect your thyroid function–causing you to have a lowered thyroid function. This can cause weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, etc.
Soft drinks (sodas), juices, and other sweet drinks can quickly increase your blood sugar in 10 to 20 minutes. This elevated blood sugar affects your cortisol production and causes an imbalance in your hormones. This can result in a difficulty losing weight, mood instability, sleep disorders, etc.
2/3rds of the human body is water. Drinking water is the fluid of choice to drink. Water drinking is asociated with a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Consuming adequate water also helps your cortisol and sex hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone) have a balanced mineral corticoid activity (healthy salt retaining).
What you choose to drink definitely affects your hormones and overall health. By choosing to drink water over other types of drinks, you will be choosing better health.