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haphenomenon

Member Since 15 Jun 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 23 2007 09:12 AM
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Caffeine A Problem? Cramping From Other Foods...

21 November 2006 - 06:53 AM

I have been Gluten Free for almost 4 years ( but it seems to be a cyclical healing process) I am still VERY sensitive to other foods especially caffeine. I stopped drinking caffeine 10years ago because of bladder issues but still recognize how great it can be sometimes. So whenever I convince myself that its ok to just have it this once or decide I"m healed, I get severe cramping in my lower left abdomen with gas and bloating. Mostly the gas starts with burping and then ends up the other end. The hardest though is the pain from cramping and the only solution I find is eating A LOT to speed things a long... also sticking my belly out so that the gas is pushed along!

I feel like I can feel exactly where my intestines are lesioned, as if there is one spot that is affected. I thought I read somewhere that the lower intestines were especially affected by celiac. Has anyone else experienced symptoms in a localized area of the abdomen?

Do other people have these symptoms from caffeine, sensitive to very acidic foods? I find I have problems with oranges sometimes, green tea, popcorn, almonds, peanuts, the list could go on. I always considered that the tea was just too caustic ( can you use that in this context?) but also that some foods may be very abrasive, such as popcorn. Nuts I know have an enzyme coating which naturally is supposed to prevent them from being digested so that they can get germinated after leaving the body.... I can eat nuts most of the time especially soaked or blanched but when the system gets worn down they're a problem!

I read about an apple cider vinegar home remedy and started to try it. It was great until I started to realize it was causing this cramping and its just too strong for my sensitive intestines.

What is the best way to cure the lining? Is it possible? Will there ever be a comfortable life that includes caffeine? Other than comfort level I would like to know how to have a healthy gut that is strong and protective.

Is there a Leaky Gut thread?