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    I stopped drinking coffee and the last of my bloat is gone

    When I cut out wheat, I didn't cut out coffee. As a result, my digestive system worked slightly better, but I was still having gas in the afternoon. I cut out my afternoon Starbucks and my morning organic locally-roasted french-pressed coffee for a week now, and my stomach bloat and afternoon face bloating is pretty much gone (minus yesterday during the aftermath of over half a pound of nuts). Anybody else have the cross-reactivity with wheat in coffee? I'm not sure if it is just the shitty Starbucks coffee or the coffee in general. In a month I'll add my good coffee back in to see if there are any negative effects. This is so awesome! But so sad because now I can't drink yummy black coffee

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    I thought coffee caused bloat for a while too, now think it's healthy and have decided to drink it based on its anti oxidant effect, mineral content etc.
    Caffeine: A vitamin-like nutrient, or adaptogen. Questions about tea and coffee, cancer and other degenerative diseases, and the hormones.

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    Very interesting. I've been trying to figure out what is still causing my bloating. It's so frustrating to be eating so healthfully, but still be bloated enough to look pregnant some days!!
    I'm in the middle of a few weeks' experiment of cutting out dairy to see if that's the ticket. Drinking my coffee black is not fun, but gosh, if coffee is the cause-I just might cry! What exactly is the "cross-reactivity" that you mentioned? Might be something for me to look into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterphly01 View Post
    Very interesting. I've been trying to figure out what is still causing my bloating. It's so frustrating to be eating so healthfully, but still be bloated enough to look pregnant some days!!
    I'm in the middle of a few weeks' experiment of cutting out dairy to see if that's the ticket. Drinking my coffee black is not fun, but gosh, if coffee is the cause-I just might cry! What exactly is the "cross-reactivity" that you mentioned? Might be something for me to look into.
    This is me, too. I've been trying to figure out the cause of my bloating for a long time now. Despite eating a super clean diet and exercising, my weight stays the same due to bloat. It started before going paleo and hasn't improved at all in the 7 months that I've been eating this way. I thought it was coffee sometimes for me as well. I weigh myself in the mornings when I wake up, and one day I'd had nothing except a cup of coffee and my supplements, and started feeling bloated. I weighed myself again and was up a pound and a half!!
    I've been drinking my coffee black for awhile now, and have even started drinking it without stevia (trying to squash the sugar cravings), and still enjoy the heck out of it. I limit it to 1 cup in the morning, and it's too much of an enjoyment for me to give up. Coffee w/out dairy was easy for me. Coffee w/out stevia is a bit more of a challenge!

    After researching the heck out of it, I think that I might have a candida overgrowth, which would explain the wretched sugar and alcohol cravings that I've been experiencing for months now. So I'm trying the candida diet, which is VLC and no fruit, mold, yeast or vinegar (w/the exception of unfiltered organic ACV). I buy good organic locally roasted coffee, which has the roasting date on the back. So I feel good about drinking it and hope that it doesn't contain any mold!

    Tap water could also be an issue. I found out that my area adds fluoride to the drinking water and so I just bought a fluoride filter. Hopefully it will make a difference.
    So coffee and tea retain fluoride?! Egads, this stuff is inescapable! In this day and age, it's impossible to completely avoid exposure to toxins. So I'm doing the best that I can in the choices that I make, and am also supplementing with iodine to displace bromine, chlorine and fluoride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Paleo Girl View Post
    This is me, too. I've been trying to figure out the cause of my bloating for a long time now. Despite eating a super clean diet and exercising, my weight stays the same due to bloat. It started before going paleo and hasn't improved at all in the 7 months that I've been eating this way. I thought it was coffee sometimes for me as well. I weigh myself in the mornings when I wake up, and one day I'd had nothing except a cup of coffee and my supplements, and started feeling bloated. I weighed myself again and was up a pound and a half!!
    I've been drinking my coffee black for awhile now, and have even started drinking it without stevia (trying to squash the sugar cravings), and still enjoy the heck out of it. I limit it to 1 cup in the morning, and it's too much of an enjoyment for me to give up. Coffee w/out dairy was easy for me. Coffee w/out stevia is a bit more of a challenge!

    After researching the heck out of it, I think that I might have a candida overgrowth, which would explain the wretched sugar and alcohol cravings that I've been experiencing for months now. So I'm trying the candida diet, which is VLC and no fruit, mold, yeast or vinegar (w/the exception of unfiltered organic ACV). I buy good organic locally roasted coffee, which has the roasting date on the back. So I feel good about drinking it and hope that it doesn't contain any mold!

    Tap water could also be an issue. I found out that my area adds fluoride to the drinking water and so I just bought a fluoride filter. Hopefully it will make a difference.
    So coffee and tea retain fluoride?! Egads, this stuff is inescapable! In this day and age, it's impossible to completely avoid exposure to toxins. So I'm doing the best that I can in the choices that I make, and am also supplementing with iodine to displace bromine, chlorine and fluoride.
    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...

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    Quote 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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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakura_girl View Post
    I heard it's because the protein structure in coffee is similar to that of gluten
    Hmmm, that would explain why coffee used to aggravate my acid reflux. Gluten sensitivity caused acid reflux, coffee made it worse. Now that I'm generally wheat free (and off of Prilosec, yay!), I can tolerate small amounts of coffee.
    5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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    My experience with Coffee

    Quote 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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    Quote 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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