What is Caffeine Irritation

People with caffeine sensitivity experience an intense adrenaline rush when they consume it. They may feel as if they’ve had five or six cups of espresso after drinking only a few sips of regular coffee. Since people with caffeine sensitivity metabolize caffeine more slowly, their symptoms may last for several hours

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Ashley Charlebois, RD,Registered Dietitians discusses Management of Caffeine Irritation

Quiz: Do You Understand Caffeine Irritation?

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A severe caffeine allergy can cause anaphylaxis symptoms.

Explanation:
If you have a severe caffeine allergy, it can cause anaphylaxis symptoms. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that triggers your immune system to release chemicals. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include nausea, a rapid and weak pulse, a drop in blood pressure, and a narrowed airway.
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People with a caffeine sensitivity metabolize caffeine more quickly than others.

Explanation:
People with a caffeine intolerance metabolize caffeine more slowly than others. When someone with a caffeine intolerance drinks coffee, the immune system sees the caffeine as a harmful substance. As a result, the immune system starts to produce the antibody immunoglobulin E, which causes allergy symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, and skin rash.
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Coffee may be beneficial to your mental health.

Explanation:
There have been some studies that show coffee can reduce the risk of depression, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Groups who drank coffee reported fewer symptoms of depression than those who didn't consume caffeine.
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Caffeine consumption can worsen symptoms of some diseases such as Crohn's.

Explanation:
People with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn's may find that coffee causes flare-ups, diarrhea, and nausea.
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Medication won't cause you to become more sensitive to caffeine.

Explanation:
Different medications can interact with caffeine, increasing its effect on the body. For example, Theo-24 (theophylline), which is used to treat respiratory issues, has been shown to affect how the body processes caffeine. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you’re taking and your caffeine consumption.
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Management of Caffeine Irritation

Caffeine is often a common trigger for digestive health issues, and so if it is an irritant for you it is something that you want to decrease or eliminate from your diet.

Some alternatives for the high caffeine content foods would be foods that have a lower amount of caffeine or beverages such as black teas, green teas, hot chocolate or chocolate.

And if you’re a regular coffee drinker, this may seem like a daunting task So if you want to switch over to lower caffeine quantity in your food you might want to start by steps. So start with first having black tea instead of your coffee in the morning, then eventually you can switch to green tea because it actually has a lower caffeinine content than black tea does. Local Registered Dietician 

And then you might want to eventually go to the point where you’re only drinking herbal teas that have no caffeine in it, depending on how sensitive you are to caffeine-containing items.

If you’re having problems tolerating caffeine-containing foods and beverages, it would be a good idea to ask for more solutions and more info with your local registered dietitian. Local Registered Dietitians

Presenter: Ms. Ashley Charlebois, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

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