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  • Hypersensitivity to Caffeine

    I believe I have somehow developed a hypersensitivity to caffeine, stimulants and even carbohydrates.

    The smallest amount of caffeine, like 1/4 cup of coffee or a small cup of green tea, seems to throw my digestion out-of-whack and make me miserable and irritable.

    I've had to remain very low carb, otherwise my digestion is horrible, carbohydrates seem to have a similar reaction - just not quite as quick. I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?

    I used to love having my morning cup of tea, but my body is signaling it's a major no-no. It's time I quite the caffeine for good.

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    Interested in reading other responses.

    I have something similar to me with green tea. I used to drink it a lot daily but now I can't handle it. It dehydrates me fast and leaves me feeling with less energy. I haven't touched it in a whiilllee. I'm fine with coffee and cacao though.
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    • #3
      I've found that the less caffeine I consume, the more sensitive I get to it. I used to make fun of my dad cuz he says he can't eat chocolate after 6 PM or it keeps him up, but now I have the same problem! I can't tolerate coffee at all, when I used to drink a ton of it. Most mornings I still have a cup of green tea, but it makes me shaky and sometimes gives me headaches... I don't need caffeine like I used to, though, so I think it's a positive development! If I have my morning green tea with food and I don't steep it very long I'm usually okay. But there are plenty of good decaf teas out there... I like Choice's Rooibos Chai with lemon and lime juice.

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      • #4
        I don't have the carbohydrate sensitivity, but do have the caffeine issue. I drank coffee like it was going out of style for years and years - then one day about ten years ago a medium double-dark coffee sent me to the hospital with heart palpitations and since then I've had issues with it. For the first few years I couldn't have any caffeine at all. Now I can have one cup of green or white tea or a few sips of black tea or coffee, and I can have a couple squares of dark chocolate without much of an effect if I do it early enough in the day.

        At the same time that my body decided it no longer liked caffeine it also decided it didn't like any other stimulants, so I can no longer take any kind of decongestants, etc. Now that I live more naturally I'm fine with it (even when I had the worst flu of my life earlier this year!), but before my issues started I took a Sudafed most nights so it was a shock when I couldn't do that any longer.

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        • #5
          Coffee makes me sick, but it has nothing to do with the caffeine. Decaf makes me sick, too, and I'm fine with other sources of caffeine.

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          • #6
            I have a caffeine sensitivity. I get anxious and irritable once the energy and shakiness has worn off. I have to be careful of what teas I drink because of this.

            I am curious what carbohydrates in particular you are eating that you have noticed this response to.
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            • #7
              I also have a caffeine sensitivity which is a shame because I love coffee. Tea doesn't affect me but coffee does. I don't even try things like Red Bull or whatever, I know better. I've found that coffee causes me to feel hypoglycemic. I have never checked my blood sugar as it's happening, but I end up feeling very low energy, shaky, rapid heart beat. Stuff like that.
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              • #8
                I don't have anything diagnosed, but caffeine (either half a cup of coffee or a whole cup of tea) makes me jitterish, sends my heartbeat speed up through the roof and in general makes me act like if I was as high as the sky. Then I can't sleep for a day or so...

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                • #9
                  I drank coffee like it was going out of style in college until one night I ended up having a seizure and I've had them ever since. I have to be really careful about caffeine as in a zero tolerance policy.

                  There is a product called Teeccino that I really love as a coffee substitute. They have a grain free blend now too.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                    I drank coffee like it was going out of style in college until one night I ended up having a seizure and I've had them ever since. I have to be really careful about caffeine as in a zero tolerance policy.

                    There is a product called Teeccino that I really love as a coffee substitute. They have a grain free blend now too.
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                    The more caffeine you consume, the less sensitive you are to it. When I was 6, caffeine sure made me anxious and bouncy. Now, I drink it for clarity.
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                    • #11
                      I've always been very sensitive to sugar and suffered from horrible hypoglycemic episodes if I ate anything too sweet (a single truffle once triggered it!) but now I eat pretty clean, any quick digesting carbs or other stimulants make me feel ill as well. I would never go back though, I used to have low blood sugar problems on my way home from work several times a week but I never knew what it was. Now its very rare for me to suffer any problems unless I'm travelling or eating out and can't be as careful as normal.

                      Sugar is my nicotine...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                        The more caffeine you consume, the less sensitive you are to it. When I was 6, caffeine sure made me anxious and bouncy. Now, I drink it for clarity.
                        Yes, the process is called addiction. I have plenty of clarity just fine without any chemical assistance.

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                        • #13
                          I was a tea granny long before I was an actual granny, but never touched coffee and wasn't a real chocolate addict. I drank black tea for years, then pounds of yerba mate. But suddenly I couldn't sleep at night and settled on caffeine as the culprit. I can still have a teabag of regular tea for breakfast, and eat dark chocolate as a dessert, but any caffeine after lunch has me chasing mental sheep for hours after bedtime. I developed a cappuccino addiction that I rarely indulge because a bad night's sleep is dangerous to my health - literally.

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                          • #14
                            Namelesswonder - Basically all carbs give me digestion problems (gas, bloating, diarrhea, ect)

                            The paleo diet with restricted fruit has definitely helped, although before I went paleo I tried a vegan diet and I had diarrhea everyday straight for 8 weeks (thinking my body was "detoxing"). I'm pretty sure I have a viscous case of fungal overgrowth and some pretty bad digestive dysbiosis. I'm taking 30 bil probiotics, Vit D, fishoil and a digestive enzyme every time I eat. This has helped quite a bit, but if I drink even the smallest amount of caffeine - none of my dietary changes make any difference, it's straight back to diarrhea.

                            I'm pretty sure at this point I'm both celiac and fructose intolerant which makes my choices for food options pretty limited - but thank god I'm getting better.

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                            • #15
                              @lorenmark - I have the same symptoms that you're having, except I think I found the cause of mine. I pretty much had daily diarrhea for 10 years, I of course ended up with various conditions caused by poor nutrition. I saw various doctors, all sorts of lab work, scoped at both ends. They basically said I must have IBS and gave me an anti-diarrhea medication (which didn't really work) and sent me on my way. Doctors really, really don't like dealing with patients they can't help, it makes them look stupid (no comment).

                              My problems probably stemmed from Fructose Mal-absorption. This led to a Candida infection and IBS. The Candida I cured with a low carb diet and Candida Clear. Going low carb also took care of the fructose lam-absorption but at the time I just thought it was either the carbs or gluten. It was when I started adding things back like ketchup (high fructose corn syrup) and apples that I made the connection. Even iceburg lettuce sets me off so when that caused diarrhea, and I found out it was fairly high in fructose, I knew what my problem was. Fructose.

                              The problem is that years of Un-absorbed fructose washing through my intestine and candida in the intestine has caused IBS. If I totally avoid fructose I'm mostly OK but still have to avoid caffeine, lactose, and heavily spiced foods. I take a stomach acid replacement / digestive enzyme pill with large meals to make sure things get digested well (which helps with the IBS). I'm now OK most of the time.

                              If you think this might be part of the problem (or just want to try it) fix the Candida, take a stomach acid replacement / digestive enzyme (chances are the cells that produce stomach acid are damaged), quit ALL excess fructose, avoid all caffeine sources, avoid anything else that causes you issues (lactose, sugar alcohols, etc). Give the no fructose 14 days (after fixing the candida) and you should have your answer.

                              btw: If fructose mal-abosorption is your problem you can really mess up your GI for up to 2 weeks. The fructose gets washed in to your intestine where it doesn't belong, and if you react violently like I do, so does undigested food and stomach acid. Your intestines are not happy with this and need time to heal. I don't always react this badly to fructose but when I do I know I'm going to have issues for at least a week, sometimes two. Of course pure Paleo can also fix most of these problems, but I never would have thought that lettuce or an apple quarter could cause me problems.
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