Coffee question

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Coffee question

Postby after-exile » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:21 pm

Is it the caffiene in coffee that makes it a trigger or something else ?
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Re: Coffee question

Postby Peacock » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:39 pm

Hi after-exile,

I just recently did a trial and error with coffee. Here are my findings: (heat of coffee, not caffeine the problem)

Hot coffee with 2 % milk >>> result was facial flaring and redness in nose area for approximately 2 hours

Hot coffee with no milk >>> result was facial flaring and redness in nose area for approximately 2 hours

Ice coffee with 2 % milk>>> no redness or flaring


For me, the heat of the coffee was the issue not the caffeine.

Everyone is different, perhaps you could try a little trial and error yourself .

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Re: Coffee question

Postby shellylee » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:20 pm

I agree I think it is the heat of the coffee. If I let my coffee cool for a few minutes before I drink it I don't flush but if I try to drink it right away that is when I flare.
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Re: Coffee question

Postby Mike T » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Excellent advice there.

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Re: Coffee question

Postby David Pascoe » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:50 am

Thankfully there is always the option of iced coffee for those who love a coffee but the heat is too much.

I love that I can have coffee in so many different forms. I do sweat if the coffee is too hot, but that doesn't seem to cause any problems for me, and during summer an iced coffee is another option.

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Re: Coffee question

Postby CrabbyCathy » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:37 am

I think the only time I reacted to the caffeine in coffee (tea is okay) was when I was very dehydrated. I didn't want to have to use the loo so much during jury duty, so I purposefully didn't drink a lot of water. Silly, I know.
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Re: Coffee question

Postby oldredlady » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:26 am

For me (a regular, very heavy coffee drinker) coffee isn't a trigger (thank goodness!) though I'm trying to cut back on caffeine, so am drinking more decaf these days. The only time I have trouble with coffee is when it's too hot, as others have mentioned, (I feel like I'm having a hot flash, no skin reaction but it's nasty just the same); if I let it cool to lukewarm before drinking I have no reaction whatsoever.

The IF Diet book I recently got in the mail gives coffee an IF of 0 (both regular and decaf).

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Re: Coffee question

Postby after-exile » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:06 pm

Thanks all.
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Re: Coffee question

Postby oopsiedaisy » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:47 am

I read somewhere (I think?) that caffeine is actually a vaso-constrictor , meaning it makes the blood vessels contract rather than dilate. (Someone correct me if I am wrong).

I therefore am inclined to agree with others who speculate that it might be the temperature of the coffee rather than caffeine per se.
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Re: Coffee question

Postby CrabbyCathy » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:24 am

I thought I'd get a clear answer googling that, but no! (rofl)

According to this (you have to scan one of the wiki articles linked, and get a headache), it's a vasodilator. BUT what could affect some people could be that, the heat, or the dairy added.

Personally, I used to be able to drink it with caffeine, but now I stick to decaf, and not piping hot, just very warm.
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