Many people love coffee and can not imagine the morning without it. However, coffee can be responsible for various health problems. On the one hand, these can be caused by the ingredients of the coffee and on the other hand by the caffeine it contains. In this article you will learn which symptoms are associated with coffee intolerance and what you can do to still enjoy your coffee.
When we keep busy in our daily lives and exercise regularly, for example at work or raising children, we use up what is known as ATP. This produces adenosine, which attaches itself to receptors in the body. The fuller the receptors on the cells become, the more often the body receives the signal: it’s time for a break. The body then needs rest and sleep. However, if we regularly consume caffeine, it attaches itself to the receptors and thus fills them. The adenosine doesn’t get there and the body doesn’t get the feeling of fatigue in the end. So if you fight your fatigue with a constant coffee consumption, this is the way towards a burnout. Those who regularly overshoot their limits and lead the biosystem around by the nose with coffee, so to speak, ensure that the entire biosystem ages and burns out sooner.
If you notice that you are tired and exhausted, you should consider early on whether you need a break. If necessary, it can help to take two days off from work or to organize your daily routine differently. Coffee is a delicious drink, but you should not try to compensate for any kind of tiredness with coffee. Many people do what can harm health in the long run.
The different types of coffee intolerance
1. intolerance to the ingredients
Coffee contains various oils, tannic acids and other substances, which can usually cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract in the form of abdominal pain, stomach ache, restlessness in the intestines, diarrhea, as well as hot flashes and headaches.
The acids that are formed (for example, chlorogenic acid) have a very strong effect on our digestive system and can even cause nausea. If you suffer from the above-mentioned symptoms after drinking coffee, you should at best avoid coffee or reduce its consumption. If the stomach lining is already irritated by nature, the acids it contains can make this even worse.
As a rule, espresso is better tolerated due to the shorter brewing time and the additional oils it contains, which have a protective effect on the stomach lining. In addition, espresso contains fewer acids. Depending on the type of coffee, it may sometimes be sufficient to change them to improve compatibility.
2. intolerance to caffeine
You would notice an intolerance to caffeine not only when consuming coffee, but also when consuming other caffeinated beverages. These include, for example, green and black tea and cola. The body usually produces too much adrenaline and noadrenaline, or the caffeine is broken down too slowly and thus remains in the body too long. This can cause insomnia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and headaches.
With the help of an elimination diet you can easily test both types of coffee intolerance. But be careful: you may experience severe headaches and lack of energy for a few days. The lack of energy indicates how tired you really are. During the time you want to avoid coffee, don’t take on anything big, or at best, even take a few days off.
Often it already helps to reduce the coffee consumption somewhat and not to brew the coffee too hot. Filter coffee is the worst coffee, this should be neutralized with the help of a vegetable milk, for example, almond milk. The fatty acids make the coffee less spicy. The only important thing is not to use normal cow’s milk, because it is very incompatible with the body.
Matcha tea has proven to be a good coffee alternative, which is not already digested in the stomach, but only in the small intestine and is therefore much more tolerable.
Caution is advised in the case of histamine intolerance: Coffee has the property of inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down histamine. Those who suffer from such intolerance should really better avoid coffee. It may even be that the symptoms that occur are not against the coffee at all, but occur because of histamine intolerance. This usually has its origin in an inflamed intestine.
If you like coffee, feel free to enjoy this one. However, if the above-mentioned symptoms occur, you should observe them, if necessary reduce the consumption or change the type of coffee.