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  • #16
    Originally posted by KerryK View Post
    What fluoride filter did you get? I can't afford one right now but eventually want to get one and have been searching for a trustworthy one...
    I ordered it from here: Fluoride water filters - remove fluoride using activated alumina and bone char
    I already have an under the sink water filter that takes care of chlorine and sediment, so I purchased the filter that does only fluoride and can be connected to an already existing filter. They may have sold out, as I don't see that specific one on the site now, but they also sell dual filters which filter out fluoride and chlorine, among other things! I chose this company because it doesn't waste water while it filters out the fluoride, and it also wasn't very expensive. Other filters that I've researched take 5 gallons of water to make one gallon of water w/out fluoride!

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    • #17
      I carefully source my beans too, so it's definitely not the coffee itself. It's also not my water because I researched my city's water quality report and the amount of fluoride, chlorine, etc. is extremely minimal, about 1/100th of what the law requires.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
        I carefully source my beans too, so it's definitely not the coffee itself. It's also not my water because I researched my city's water quality report and the amount of fluoride, chlorine, etc. is extremely minimal, about 1/100th of what the law requires.
        Isn't there something about using a french press that leaves a bad chemical in coffee that is removed very efficiently just by going through a filter paper?

        However, I clearly feel better without any coffee in my diet. It is a very sad fact of life because I really love it. I try to have one cup of decaf per week.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by jammies View Post
          Isn't there something about using a french press that leaves a bad chemical in coffee that is removed very efficiently just by going through a filter paper?

          However, I clearly feel better without any coffee in my diet. It is a very sad fact of life because I really love it. I try to have one cup of decaf per week.
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          • #20
            My experience with Coffee

            Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
            I heard it's because the protein structure in coffee is similar to that of gluten, so it could cause a similar reaction in your gut. Good for you for trying to cut dairy out; I've pretty much done that too, except I eat cheese maybe once every 2 weeks.

            You could try buying better, freshly-roasted coffee if you don't like drinking your coffee black. Mine is so delicious that I could drink it black pretty much from day 1. Also, I use a french press.
            About 6 months after I found out I was gluten intolerant, I started getting sick in the morning. At first I thought I was pregnant, but I was not. I started a food diary again and discovered that about 15 to 20 minutes after drinking my starbucks, I would become nausea, throw up or have terrible stomach cramps. Plus, I would bloat. I have cut out coffee completely. I have tried all types and I suppose my body is still healing.

            I also cannot about any artificial flavoring. Basically, if I can not make it with my hands naturally, I cannot have it or I will bloat, get a headache, throw up and/or have digestion issues.

            I still eat dairy but much less than I did. I used to eat cheese at least two times a day. Now, I eat it a couple times a week. I also cannot eat very large meals or I also get sick.

            I have been tested for about everything and all the results come back negative. Does anyone else have this same or similar problem?

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            • #21
              Coffee gives me abdominal cramps, intestinal swelling and tenderness, and a feverish feeling, whether regular or decaf. I have no problem with other caffeine delivery systems. I drink tea all the time.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by krystal2lite View Post
                I started a food diary again and discovered that about 15 to 20 minutes after drinking my starbucks, I would become nausea, throw up or have terrible stomach cramps. Plus, I would bloat. I have cut out coffee completely. I have tried all types and I suppose my body is still healing.
                Oh my goodness, all you had to do was mention Starbucks. That is some nasty crap that I never drink anymore. I'm 99% sure their coffees are blends of both Arabica and Robusta. Extreme bloat and congestion happens to me every single time I attempt to drink their coffee, so it's definitely not just you.

                Maybe you could try some better coffees? Maybe take out the Starbucks and see if your problem with dairy still persists.
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                • #23
                  This thread is very interesting to me. I'm a coffee-lover and have been for years. I've been drinking my coffee black for about 4 years now, and continue to do so in my Primal life. However, I've noticed that I've been getting acid reflux-like symptoms in the past few weeks of re-starting my Primal life. I do buy whole beans, but they're Starbucks brand (as I'm a proud gold card-carrying member). I try to only get Kenyan or Kona coffee, as they're my favorite, but are these actually Arabica if it comes from Starbucks? I don't know what to believe anymore!

                  I think I may end up taking a break from coffee, especially now that I've learned that I actually like certain teas (which is a huge step for me, as I've hated all teas for most of my life up until recently).
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                    Mine is so delicious that I could drink it black pretty much from day 1. Also, I use a french press.
                    I use a french press as well, it's the best coffee I've had. Also, I add a small dash of salt to the grinds when making it, cuts the bitter flavors down and makes the black coffee taste better if you're used to sweetening it.

                    This is the video I saw that started me adding salt to the coffee.

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                    • #25
                      Please stop supporting Starbucks for their overmarketed bulk products and start supporting local roasters and their quality beans. Your health will thank you, too.
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                      • #26
                        I detest Starbucks coffee ... the rare occasions that I gave in and drank it, I got sick. My ex-fiance loved the stuff and flat out refused to drink anything but Starbucks, which would have been easier to tolerate if he had actually gotten off his butt and worked and paid something towards the household bills. (# 2 reason why he became an Ex !)
                        However, I solved it one day by buying a good brand at a good price, then after washing and drying one of the damned Starbucks bags, I filled it up with real coffee. Heeheee .... obviously it was a ego thing with him because he never figured that out ! Still makes me laugh six years later !!!

                        I used to think it was all coffee, but using a more local (and less expensive) brand has changed that .... well, along with totally eliminating all stevia. When I gave up the stevia, my bloated, gassy, oh holy crap I feel awful feeling went away.
                        Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.




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                        • #27
                          I am surprised that no one have mentioned the chlorogenic acid in coffe.

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                          • #28
                            I agree that Starbucks is crap. Since posting last year, I changed my beans after reading about the prevalence of mycotoxins in coffee on the Bulletproof Exec website. I have tried his Upgraded Coffee, and it's really good, but it's also quite expensive and you have to pay for shipping, which increases the cost even more. However, he also has a blog post about how to find the best coffee in your city. I followed his advice and found a great source of beans at a local coffee shop near me. I recently tested my reactivity to coffee by going cold turkey for 5 days and then reintroducing it and found that thankfully it doesn't cause me any issues! I'm still dealing with unexplained bloat, but at least my beloved coffee doesn't make it worse!

                            Here's a link to the Upgraded Coffee - » Bulletproof® Upgraded
                            I think it's worth trying out if you love coffee but have issues when you drink it. It might be the mycotoxins and not the coffee that are causing the problems.

                            And here's the link to the blog post that talks about how to find the best coffee in your city:
                            » 3 Steps to Finding the Highest Performance Coffee in Your City The Bulletproof Executive

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                            • #29
                              Y'all crazy.

                              I tried cold-turkeying off of coffee for a week once for a detox. I got leg cramps, migraines, and restless leg. I couldn't get comfortable. I hated life. Never again!

                              Honestly, as long as I am eating right and drinking H2O when my body asks for it, I Loooooooove coffee. I love Starbucks, I love my local roasters' coffees (as long as it's roasted well), I love black coffee, I love espresso, I love coffee with organic milk or cream in it. I don't sweeten my coffee much because I think the sweetness of milk is enough.

                              But I am *always* bloated. I have been since before I started drinking coffee, so I don't think that's a factor. But.... if I have to give it up, it will be LAST to go.

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                              • #30
                                Coffee is a diuretic and should reduce bloating, not increase it, right?
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