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Coffee, Alcohol & Fertility: Everything You Need to Know

If you’ve gone down any fertility rabbit holes you’ve probably found conflicting info about drinking coffee and/or alcohol while #ttc

I’ve gone over all the latest research and am giving you the low down on everything you need to know to enjoy life and maintain balance on your fertility journey. 

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Hello, hello. How are you? I am Aimee Raupp of aimeeraupp.com and I get to come to you live every single week, and talk about really, really important health topics so that you can live your best life possible. And I am honored as always to be here and to share my knowledge and my … This month I celebrate 17 years in clinical practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist. 17 years of clinical experience is a hell of a lot of clinical experience.

That’s literally thousands and thousands of patients that I have seen, and treated, and helped unpack their health and reawaken their health. And then of course over those 17 years, I’ve also authored three books. For those of you that are new to me, these are my book babies. Yes, You Can Get Pregnant. This book is blowing up, I think because recently Hannah Bronfman and also Melissa Ambrosini have talked about how this book has helped them get and stay pregnant, which is amazing.

We’re up to 172 Amazon reviews, which blows my mind, because I think we broke a hundred reviews just earlier this year. This is great. If you haven’t checked out this book women love it. This is my first book, Chill Out and Get Healthy, came out in 2010, another amazing book. I wrote it, but what I do love about this book is my integrity, and my voice, and my recommendations are still true today. I’m very proud of that because I haven’t ever fallen into trends.

I’ve always been just up on the research, up on the science, and promoting an ancestral-based diet, and getting back to the basics really. And then this is my most recent book, Body Belief, all about healing autoimmune conditions and learning to love your body more. And this book is great for anybody who’s trying to conceive and has a known autoimmune condition. Or I have seen it be highly effective as well for women with endometriosis.

I have a lot of experience and expertise, and I’m always working on myself spiritually, emotionally, and from an education perspective too. Currently studying functional medicine, I studied with a mentor on herbal medicine. All the things. Anyway, just happy to get to be here with you guys, and share my knowledge, and share my expertise.

If you want to know more about me, you can always go to my website, aimeeraupp.com. We have ton of information on there. We have a fertility quiz. Once you take the quiz too, you just start getting these emails from me with just boatloads of information. I have lots of really good blog posts, and my stories of hope. There’s just so many ways that I serve you in addition to this free live I do every single week on Facebook and on Instagram.

Today’s topic is a big deal, I think. And I have a lot of research that I have up on my laptop. I’ll be going through the screens. You guys won’t see any difference, but just so you know, if my eyes are scrolling it’s because I’m reading some of my research. But basically how does alcohol and caffeine impact fertility? And what I can say is, I think if consumed in the right amount, and from the right sources, and in the right way, it’s fine. What do I mean by that? And then I’m going to go into some of the research.

I think when it comes to coffee, and there is some data to support. Over 500 milligrams of coffee or caffeine a day does negatively impact fertility. It does also negatively in women and in men. One cup of coffee, if done right, should have about 80, max 100 milligrams of caffeine in it, or one cup of black tea, or green tea. That can be your choice, and it is what I still say is perfectly safe and fine, is to have one cup of organic caffeine a day.

But here is the clincher when it comes to coffee, and I’m going to again read some of the data on this too. There’s a couple of things. It has to be organic. Coffee carries one of the highest pesticide loads. It must be organic. I tend to use either the Bulletproof Coffee at our home or Kean. Those are my two. They’re low acid, organic, and I buy whole beans. Number one is, it must be organic. Number two, it should be fresh ground.

The second coffee is ground. Just like I was reading something before they use the comparison of, when you slice an apple or an avocado, and it just sits out. As the day progresses, it browns, it basically starts to oxidize. Oxidation is what causes poor egg quality or our bodies to age before our time. We want to avoid oxidative stress in our body.

Stress causes oxidative stress, but also eating foods that are oxidating or reactive oxidative species, what they call ROS, or free radicals is another term that can also impact our egg quality, and our fertility, our sperm health, all of these things. It must be organic coffee, must be fresh ground. I grind my beans every single morning, and I use a French press. I actually don’t even use a coffee maker because of all the plastic components, and then the filter paper. I don’t know if that’s been bleached. I don’t know what’s on that. It’s pouring.

I don’t use those Keurig things, because that’s in plastic, and then it’s pouring hot water through plastic, so the BPAs the toxins. I use Le Creuset ceramic French press. That was inexpensive. It’s $72. However, I’ve had the same exact French press, I don’t know, four years. I’d probably break one every five years, knock on wood. I think it’s a very worthwhile investment, no filters.

I use filtered water to make my coffee. That’s more than one thing. Keys are, organic, fresh ground, and then I also think that it should be in a French press style, not a filtrate, or some kind of stainless steel non-plastic coffee machine. That does eliminate buying coffee out and about. Unless they’re doing a fresh ground French press, which some restaurants do, some places do. Obviously in the time of COVID right now we’re not really out and about as much, but to really keep that in mind.

And then the most important thing when it comes to coffee is that it is not consumed on an empty stomach. Coffee on an empty stomach … And I’m going to read this from some of my data. This I pulled from … There was a couple of different sites, but basically when you go from coffee on an empty stomach, your system releases adrenaline followed by cortisol, followed by a dip in your blood sugar.

The key to optimal fertility is balanced hormones. And the key to balance our hormones is not having blood sugar dips. And especially all you PCOS girls out there, you guys are really, really, really susceptible to these blood sugar dips. This is really important for you. When you have coffee on an empty stomach, it dumps adrenaline, and then cortisol, and then that will cause a blood sugar dip that will cause imbalanced hormones.

And you’re basically, excuse my French, you’re fucked for the rest of the day. There’s no coming back for that imbalance. Do not start your day on an empty stomach with a cup of coffee. That is the worst thing you can do, the worst offender to your hormones. The adrenaline makes you feel energetic because it’s part of the fight or flight system, and prepares your body to take on all challenges, which feels pretty good as you start your day. However, in a few hours you will have that crash and feel like shit, and then your hormones remain unbalanced for the rest of the day.

If you have coffee with protein and fat like I do, and like I recommend, it will negate the spike in cortisol and it will keep your blood sugar levels at bay. That is the key. If you want to have your morning cup of coffee and you’re still actively trying to conceive, and you read on other people’s blogs, or in other people’s books, or your nutritionist, or your doctor told you caffeine or coffee was bad for your fertility, they didn’t suss out all of the variables. And that is the problem.

There are some studies, but there’s actually no scientific study that shows coffee at 100 milligrams, or caffeine at 100 milligrams or less a day negatively impacts fertility, male or female. It’s 500 milligrams or more a day, which is literally almost four cups of coffee a day. I would never recommend that to anyone under any circumstances on any planet. If you are doing that and you’re trying to conceive it is no good for you.

You need to have under 100 milligrams, that’s my recommendation. 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. That could be tea, that could be coffee. Tea or coffee needs to be organic. If it’s coffee, I want it to be fresh ground, and I want it to be in a stainless steel non-plastic coffee system with non-bleach filters, or do what I do, use a French press. And then you’re going to add protein and fat to your coffee.

What I do is a scoop of collagen peptides. I either use the Naked Nutrition or the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, and then I also do like a teaspoon, half a teaspoon of either coconut oil, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee, your choice. I sometimes add some raw cacao as well, because I just like the way it tastes. I add some sunflower lecithin at times too, for the extra choline. I blend it, make a nice little frothy drink.

You don’t have to do that. You could literally do a scoop of collagen peptides that will completely dissolve in the coffee. You add a scoop of a fat of your choice, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee. I also add a little bit of coconut milk and then, like I said, some raw cacao, and that’s it. You’re not consuming it on an empty stomach because you’ve actually added the protein and the fat to the coffee. Amazing.

And so when you do that, you mediate that adrenaline and cortisol spike, and then that does not negatively impact your hormones. I think also what a lot of the studies take … There’s a couple of things about the research around coffee and alcohol that I will just say off the bat. All of them are those epidemiological studies, which are basically retrospective surveys that they give women that say, “Oh, you got pregnant in 2015. How much coffee were you drinking in 2015?”

And then they fill out this survey. Then they collect all the data and they say, “Oh, so on average, the women who got pregnant between 2015 and 2018 were having less than two cups of coffee a day. And the women who did not get pregnant were having upwards of four or five cups.” But they don’t take into account, did that woman drink alcohol? Did that woman smoke cigarettes? Did that woman sleep enough? Did she eat an ancestral nutrient-dense diet? Did she take a prenatal? Did she have MTHFR? Was she supporting her MTHFR? Was it organic coffee? How was it drank? Was it on an empty stomach?

Keep that in mind for these studies. They’re actually not the true clinical study that we want to see, where there’s a double blind study going on, where there are … What’s the word? Computing for all of the other variables. It’s nearly impossible to do. Please keep that in mind. There are some animal studies and they do so imbalanced hormones, and the ambulatory dysfunction in 500 milligrams of caffeine or higher a day.

But again, no one looked at whether or not the coffee intake was organic. Coffee carries one of the highest pesticide loads. We know that pesticides act like xenoestrogens in the body. They will disrupt your estrogen, and they will cause hormonal imbalance. It must be organic coffee. Write this down. It has to be organic coffee. I have links for the ones that I like. I like Bulletproof, I like Kean, but there’s other ones out there.

I prefer a low acid organic whole bean. I fresh grind it in the morning. I make it in my ceramic French press, I add college peptides to it and some fat, and there you have it. Let’s see. Any questions from you guys? “Could you just do the coffee and peptides without the fat?” The fat really slows down the way your body absorbs the caffeine, and that whole adrenaline cortisol spike. I would still do a fat, personally. That’s my take on that.

The protein alone might slow down things, but I don’t think to the full extent that the fat would. You could do less fat, but some fat, or eat at the same time. That’s the other thing too. You don’t have to add the collagen peptides and the fats, if you’re going to have your coffee after you eat. That’s the other thing. If you have coffee on a full stomach and there’s fat and protein in your stomach, like eggs, or nut butter, or like a yummy nutrient-dense smoothie.

I always do bone broth egg drop soup. I actually finished it up here this morning. There’s bone broth in there, there’s ghee in there, there’s eggs. If I had that first and then my coffee, you don’t need the protein or the fat in the coffee. You could just have coffee the way you want it. But again, organic, fresh ground, ideally in a French press or some kind of stainless steel coffee maker that doesn’t have plastics bits and bleached filters. That’s the other thing you can do.

It’s a great question actually, because I forgot that point. That you could also do coffee on … No, one’s asked any questions that I can see on Facebook. If you guys pop in and I’m in the middle of talking about coffee and alcohol for fertility and how it impacts things, and I’m also summarizing the most recent research and data on that. If you missed, I just covered coffee. Now I’m going to go into alcohol if there’s no more questions.

I see. “What about just eating breakfast then having coffee?” Alison, I think I addressed that. Thank you for bringing that up. I fell into my very selfish lifestyle, which is, I do it with the protein and the fat. But yes, you can have your breakfast and then your coffee. Absolutely. But don’t forget to hit the marks, low acid organic coffee, fresh ground. I like the French press and ceramic French press because there’s no plastic parts, something that’s not plastic.

You don’t want to put hot water through plastic and then drink it. No bueno. And ideally, you’re making your coffee with filtered water. We use the Berkey filter here at our home, and that’s how I do everything. Everything gets Berkey water. And so moving on to, what about decaf? Is it okay to add Reishi to it? I do. I add that raw cacao with the Reishi in it. Absolutely you can add adaptogens to it. That’s perfectly fine.

Decaf again, organic low acid is really key. Decaf is a bit more processed than caffeinated. Keep that in mind. You are dealing with a little more processing. I’m not a huge decaf fan. But if it’s organic and fresh ground, I think better than regular old decaf that you’re going to get out and about.

What about decaf? And, “Ghee is an acceptable fat.” Yes, it is. “Do you need to do fat and protein with green tea in the morning?” I would personally. Any caffeine is going to spike your blood sugar. Any caffeine on an empty stomach is going to spike your blood sugar. Personally, and there are times where I am off coffee and I do matcha, or I do a chai, I still do the same thing, the protein and the fat, or it’s after breakfast with a meal that has protein and fat.

Your breakfast can’t be orange juice. That doesn’t have any protein or fat. It has to be protein, and fat, and a meal, and then you consume the caffeine, because it’s all about eliminating that blood sugar, that cortisol that adrenaline spike, which puts you into fight or flight. It puts you in survival mode. Pregnancy, ovulation, happens as a result of the body, feeling safe. Emotionally safe, nutritionally safe, physically safe and not in fight or flight. We are generating safety and nourishment.

And another really big thing to keep in mind with coffee and with alcohol, and if there’s so much in your brain, and you have one practitioner telling you one thing, and you read something in another book, and then you have me telling you something else, and you’re completely overwhelmed, you have to do what feels right to you. If you drink coffee and you enjoy every freaking lick of it, and you are so psyched that you can still have coffee and you know that it doesn’t impact your fertility, because Aimee went and did the research for me, and 500 milligrams of caffeine a day, you would never hit.

And if you do the coffee the way I’ve told you, and you feel really good about it, and you enjoy that coffee, you drink that coffee. But if you drink that coffee and you are worried that’s impacting your egg quality and you doubt it, and you second guess it, or you don’t feel good. Some people just don’t feel good on coffee or caffeine, then don’t do it.

There’s a huge part that I think is so missed here. That is what is my favorite tool that I get to do with all of you, is empower you to make your own decisions for you. Don’t drink coffee because I said it’s okay. Drink coffee because you fucking love coffee and you miss it, or caffeine and you miss it. And do it the right way and love every second of it. But don’t drink it because I said you could, and you still feel shitty after it, or you’re going to second guess yourself or beat yourself up.

And it’s the same when it comes to alcohol. Yes, you can get pregnant. I do recommend … I want to pull it up. I thought I had it tagged, but don’t. I do say about alcohol. “If you’re actively trying to get pregnant and want to drink, have purified alcohol such as top shelf vodkas, scotches, whiskeys, or gin. Otherwise avoid alcohol or have it in strict moderation if you think you could be pregnant.”

I say limited quantities of the following. I say the same thing about coffee. Coffee or tea should always be organic. Limit yourself to one cup of organic tea or coffee per day, or less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. Strict moderation for alcohol. Back when I wrote, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, I was not recommending wine in any shape or form, because there were no wines out there that were … I wrote this book in 2014.

It was hard to find organic wine. It was hard to find something like free wine, and it was hard to find wine even if it was grown locally, sustainably, that didn’t have pesticides. And again, like I said, with the coffee, the pesticide load plays an important role here because pesticides act like estrogens in the body and they will disrupt our hormones.

When I wrote that book in 2014, I would say the same thing now. Top shelf alcohols that are high quality, highly distilled they’re free of gluten, they’re free of sugars in moderation. Moderation means, and again, I looked at the research, I look at the data. Moderation means different things basically to different people, in different research protocols.

But basically moderation is one drink or less a day, which is about seven drinks a week. But I still think that’s a little excess for when we’re dealing with fertility. And some of the data suggests that too. I say three to five drinks a week is moderate drinking. If you go above seven drinks a week, you’re hitting the more heavy drinking stage. And there is data to suggest that alcohol at that level significantly impacts male and female fertility. I want to just pull it up.

And so alcohol acts like a diarrhetic, meaning it triggers the elimination of urine magnesium, which are all required for biochemical processes in your body. Heavy alcohol over time will deplete your magnesium status, that’s one thing. But also alcohol consumption has been found to decreased vitamin B12 status, zinc and folate. And also it can do that in male and female.

Obviously your B vitamins and your folate are super important to not just hormone balance, but to getting [inaudible 00:21:40] pregnant. You want to think about that. Alcohol does … It dehydrates us, and so it compromises our magnesium status. It compromises our mineral status, it can compromise our B vitamins. And then even more similar to what I said about coffee with the PCOS population, you guys are just much more susceptible to blood sugar issues.

Alcohol increases androgens in females. And since women with PCOS already have higher levels of androgens, it can worsen your PCOS symptoms. It also indicates how the alcohol consumption causes whole body insulin resistance, and that plays a central role in PCOS as well. If you’re a woman looking to get pregnant, too much alcohol can definitely hinder things. Let’s be clear on that.

It diminishes ovarian reserve. It diminishes the capacity of the ovary to create a healthy egg, and it also suggests that women undergoing fertility treatments have poor responses when they’re doing, I would say more than seven drinks a week, more than really … My goal is three to five drinks if you need alcohol, same thing. Don’t go out and start drinking because I said you could, and then feel guilty about it.

But if you want a really good glass of wine and I’ll tell you the only wine that I approve of, or a good vodka top shelf liquor that is highly distilled and preferably organic, you can do that in strict moderation on a weekly basis. Even the doctors at CCRM, which is the Colorado Clinic of Reproductive Medicine, I do follow a lot of their research. Dr. Schoolcraft, his general recommendation is three to five drinks a week, and for men no more than seven drinks a week.

And then depending on age, he might lower that status to one to three drinks a week, and then three to five for men, one to three for women, three to five for men. I think the three is the golden ticket. And personally, I pick and choose those three and really savor the moment. Maybe some weeks I might hit five, and then most of the time though I hit zero. It really just depends.

The way I look at it is, I have the rest of my life to enjoy alcohol. If I’m still trying to conceive a child, I want to limit what I’m doing and pick and choose my battles. But what I have in the house all the time is really good quality wine that is organic, and is tested for over 200 pesticides.

Again, three to five drinks per week.

Another doctor from Shady Grove Fertility said, “There are not a lot of studies evaluating the physiological effects of alcohol consumption on reproductive physiology, but there isn’t strong association between light to moderate drinking and infertility for most people.” In other words, a history of moderate alcohol consumption is not likely to mess with your chances of getting pregnant. And then I also have some data here, and I just want to share new research on fertility and drinking. Oh, that’s the one I already read from. Alcohol, fertility, how much is too much?

I want to read … There’s an interesting graph that I found summary of alcohol and pregnancy loss. Any alcohol consumption versus abstaining, no risk of miscarriage. More than four drinks a week, an increased risk of miscarriage by about, let me see, 3%. And then greater than five drinks a week, a greater risk of stillborn, which is concerning. Again, I think that three drinks a week is the sweet spot personally.

Again, if you don’t need to drink and you don’t miss drinking, don’t drink. You don’t have to. But you can on occasion, maybe have some good quality organic wine, or a good quality vodka, tequila, something like that in the house, and on occasion, if you want to celebrate. Again, what Abraham always says, if you drink from a place that you’re high on life to get higher on life, that’s how you should drink. Do not drink from a place of feeling depressed, or burnt out, or you need to take an edge off. That is, you need to do more emotional work there. I want you to make a choice, do something, and feel good about it.

You’re feeling high on life, you have a little drink to get higher on life. That’s the place from which you should drink alcohol, no other place. And if you need to drink alcohol in excess or to take the edge off, you have deeper emotional work to do. And I say that with love, and addiction is a prevalent thing in my family. I’m very aware of it. Done a lot of work through Al-Anon, and addiction, and recovery.

I’m very aware of addiction and I’m super compassionate for it, much more so than I ever was before. I used to be very judgmental and harsh about it. But you’ve got to unpack the trauma. You got to unpack how you handle your stress. This was to you as a coping mechanism. There are many other ones, ways to cope. I check with myself before I have that drink. “How do I feel? I feel good. I feel happy. That looks fun and yummy.”

And then I check myself like, “Oh, when I get that.” And I do, that clip goes off. “Oh, I want to have seven more of these. This tastes so yummy, whatever.” I never had seven, but probably my New York City days, 10 years ago, I was doing that. But maybe four. But still I had those days where I definitely drank more than I would recommend at this stage for certain. I went through that time in my life, and I understand it, but I would always check them self, “How do I feel?”

And so even now, how do I feel? I would just feel that nice little buzz from that one glass. I’m so happy. And then I’m often onto my tea, or my Seltzer water with lemon. Check yourself there. There’s another table. This comes from the BMC Medicine. I’m trying to see. Fertility Research and Practice BioMedical Central. Under three drinks a day, no increased risk of ovulatory infertility. One to three drinks … Sorry. One drink per day. No increased risk of ovulatory infertility versus abstaining.

One to three drinks per week. No difference in adjusted fecundability. This was a … What do they call those? Review study, where they went and looked at all the studies on alcohol as it pertains to fertility, and they summarize. Now what I said earlier still pertains. These are all these retrospective epidemiological studies. They’re not adjusting for all the other variables in somebody life. You have to take that into consideration, but basically one to five drinks per week versus abstaining.

There was one study that showed a very small decreased chance, but then most of the studies show over 10 drinks a week is where the fertility really gets impacted. And then there was another study that showed really over five drinks a week is where fertility gets impacted. Low consumption versus moderate consumption. Basically high alcohol drinkers were more likely to need fertility treatments, low alcohol drinkers, less likely to need fertility treatments.

Binge drinking more than two times a week, 26% lower level of AMH, which I thought was interesting too. It does seem to have a cumulative effect if you had a history of drinking heavily, like I did when I was in college, and even after college. You can recover from that. I want you to keep that in mind, and you can have these one-offs I suppose. But I also think you really want to check yourself. Like, “Where is that desire coming from? Am I using this as a coping mechanism? Or am I drinking because I’m happy and this just is a joyful fun occasion?”

And then the quality of the alcohol is super duper important. I want to just see questions. “Did you already talk about caffeine?” I did. You can watch the replay. “Does alcohol affect fibroids?” Again, I think the same thing in moderation. There’s a lot of other things that really impact fibroids and estrogen. And so, alcohol is one of those things, but again in moderation and good choice alcohol that has no pesticides, and is organic, and is third party tested, and it has no sugar. All of these things.

The other thing about good quality organic wine, there’s no added sugar. Most wines out there are added sugars. You’re getting all the crap, so much crap, and it’s a regular consumer wine.

I think in the EU they’re still spraying, but not as extensively, but I would still go for pesticide free as much as you can. “Is [inaudible 00:33:12] filter okay if not bleached?” I think so. I don’t know enough about it, but that sounds okay to me. I would do your own research. I already addressed the decaf thing. A decaf is just much more processed. I’m typically not a fan of decaf coffee and decaf tea. I would just want them naturally occurring. It’s so interesting I don’t see any questions on my Facebook page over here.

I don’t know why that happens. Facebook is so weird to me. Anyway, I’m not going to spend time on it, but I see no questions whatsoever. Beth, if there’s any other Facebook questions, maybe bring them to my attention. Now I see 14 comments here in the stream status. Let me see if I can open these. So weird. I wonder. It tells me there’s 14 comments, but I can’t actually see the comments on Facebook. And I’m afraid to refresh the page because I think I would then … Oh, I know what I can do.

Let’s see. I think you said, “What can you get over? What fat should be added to coffee?” Oh, “Can you go over what fat should be added to coffee?” Let me just see. I have one more study open that I wanted to see, that I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss. “How much alcohol for fertility is too much?” I think it was the same. Let me just get to the conclusions.

It just basically said, “Pregnancy loss increases around more than four drinks per week, definitely over five drinks per week. Alcohol reproductive functioning, there’s there seems to be no difference in women who don’t drink versus the women who drink upwards of three drinks a week.” One study even showed up to seven drinks a week, but I think that’s a little excess. And then after that fertility stats, and all those things start to go down.

Also, they’re not looking at organic. I’ll tell you that right now, they’re not looking at the other steps. If you’re following a diet like I recommend, and the supplements like I recommend, and the lifestyle like I recommend, and you’re having some organic wine or top shelf vodka, a couple of times a week, you are perfectly fine and fertile, and you’re having 100 milligrams of caffeine a day, you are perfectly fine and fertile.

It’s all the little tweaks, organic, pesticide free with protein and fat, drinking it from a place of feeling good about life, not judging yourself, not beating yourself up for it afterwards. All of those things are super important, and to really keep that in mind. I want to go over to my Facebook page here because I don’t want to miss questions here. “Do you need to do fat and protein with green tea in the morning?” I already answered that. Yes. we’ll filter, okay.

Let me see here. What is going on? This is not showing me my feed anywhere. This is so weird. Facebook is frozen on me. Facebook, what is your problem? Those of you that follow me awhile, you know I have these hiccups with Facebook all the time, where when I’m live, I can’t see the comments. Super frustrating. Here we go. Let’s see. 19 comments. “There seems to be something about raspberry leaf tea certain times of your cycle.” We’re not talking about that today. I’ve definitely covered that in other lectures.

Nikki, you can go find that information elsewhere, but we’re not talking about that. And again, herbal teas. We’re strictly talking about coffee and alcohol today. Non-caffeinated herbal tea’s not the subject. I definitely talked about that elsewhere. Typically, they’re fine. MCT oil is okay for the fat. Herbal teas, yes. Fine. And let’s see if I can see all of the comments again. Now, it’s not going to show me the previous comments.

Beth, is there anything else that I’ve missed that’s a really big comment here? Fertile ficus, watch the beginning of this video once I’m done, and you’ll see all the stuff covered there. I’m not going to answer the question because I already answered it. Do not have two cups of coffee a day. Go down to one. “How long before you try to get pregnant should you be making sure you’re sticking to three drinks?”

I’d say like three months, definitely while you’re actively trying to conceive, but I think the preconception diet should start at least three to six months before. “Is coconut milk okay to add the coffee?” Yes, but you want to make sure too that you’re adding some protein.

Same thing. There’s definitely antioxidants. There’s antioxidants in coffee, there’s antioxidants in wine, there’s antioxidants in good green teas or white teas. Yes, there they’re. It’s still applies. Caffeine is caffeine, and it will spike your blood sugar. You have to have it with a protein and a fat, not on an empty stomach. “And did you already talk about caffeine?”

If you want any of the links to things I talked about, you can DM us, but also go to my website, aimeeraupp.com and you’ll see. I have a whole page of my recommended supplements and products. Everything we talked about today is linked out in there.

And I think that’s it guys. I’m super excited. This was a nice educational chat, I hope for all of you. It was fun for me to sit and look at all the data and the research, and also to bring those clarifying pieces to you about … It’s not just about the consumption and how much, but how you feel emotionally when you consume these things, and then also the quality of the ingredients and what you mix them with.

Peace out. I think you guys are all safe to consume 100 milligrams of caffeine a day, following all my tools and tips. And if you missed that, watch this video again. And I think upwards of three drinks a week, you’re in a very safe category. I think maybe if you’re without fertility challenges and haven’t been trying for that long, maybe you could go up to five drinks a week and probably be perfectly safe.

If you’ve been struggling to conceive for some time and you’re still actively drinking, maybe you pull the alcohol. It’s individualized. It varies individual to individual. But the research states and shows, and again, it’s not the best research, but it’s all we have. I think three drinks a week of an organic, good quality top shelf liquor or wine, perfect. And then 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. You’re good to go.

Love you guys. I’ll see you next week. Have a great, great, great day. Let me get in here. And for anything else, of course, go to my website or DM us.

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