So I gave up coffee for my dismal calcium levels and then someone asked me why I don't just take calcium supplements.
You guys, I do take calcium supplements. I take calcium supplements four times a day because my body can't absorb my dose all at once. I schedule my calcium supplements around my hormones because calcium blocks the absorption of synthetic thyroid hormones. So I'm worried about calcium blocking the absorption of hormones and I'm concerned about caffeine blocking the absorption of calcium.
It was all too much.
I take my thyroid hormones twice a day, spaced twelve hours apart. I can't eat an hour before or an hour after I take them. I have to try to avoid calcium for two-three hours before and after I take my hormones. So this leaves me between the hours of 9am and 3pm and after 9pm to take my calcium supplements (four times.) I could do a black coffee (yuck) at 7am but that's pretty much the only time I could drink caffeinated coffee and still be strict about the other stuff. And I have to be strict about the other stuff. My levels have been off since May 2013. I can't be loosey goosey about it anymore.
So! It has been three weeks and three days without caffeinated coffee. I don't know if I'll see the impact on my next blood test or if it will take some time for my levels to rebound but I'm feeling good. Plus my smug points are at an all-time high.