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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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