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  1. I've never had any problems drinking DD iced coffee from the stores, but this morning I decided to try the bottled mocha iced coffee that recently came out. The ingredients list doesn't have anything that looks like it could have gluten in it to me, but as soon as I drank it I began to get a headache and my stomach began to hurt. At first I dismissed it as being only the high sugar content, but by the time I got to work all of my joints were inflamed, I feel like I could pass out, and I'm almost positive within half an hour I'm going to be throwing up. Has anyone else had any issues with these products? I sent an email to DD asking them about possible other ingredients in the drinks, but that was just an hour ago. INGREDIENTS Skim milk, sugar, coffee (water, coffee), cream, cocoa (made with alkali), potassium phosphate, pectin.
  2. Celiac.com 10/31/2013 - I recently made a post on instagram that gained a significant amount of attention. A before and after photo with a caption that read “dairy and coffee free” had viewers confused. The attention was not due to my physique but instead to the concern of eliminating coffee as part of a wellness regimen. When over 1000 “likes” and 30 comments were made, I realized that little is acknowledged about the matter. There are certainly far worse things for your health than coffee and caffeine yet I’m compelled to share its undesirable effects. I do not claim that drinking coffee ruins your health and take into consideration that every individual has unique dietary needs and intolerances. Years following my celiac diagnosis, eliminating coffee (and dairy) changed my life. I hope it will do the same for you. Concerns: Chronic Fatigue Suppressed Immunity Increased Inflammation Deflated Mood & Cognition Acidic Content IBS Symptoms Weight Retention Fatigue & Immunity There are few things more frustrating than the lack of energy to perform normal tasks. Fatigue is one the most common and difficult symptoms to treat with celiac disease. When speaking to individuals about coffee consumption typical responses are, "I need the energy, I MUST have my coffee. I can’t go without it.” The irony is that caffeine is a major cause of fatigue. Most of us are familiar with the 2pm crash that comes with the workday. “Well no worries, I’ll have another cup of coffee” you might say. – This is where trouble begins. When it comes to caffeine, fatigue is determined by the amount of milligrams consumed. Studies have shown that fatigue heightened in individuals who had three cups of coffee and was the highest in those who had five cups. Continuous coffee and caffeine consumption places the body into a chronic state of stress or emergency. Caffeine signals the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones that are responsible for the “fight or flight” response. While useful for outrunning grizzly bears, it’s not intended for constant and sedentary use. The perked attention after drinking coffee is the body’s response to the unnecessary secretion of stress hormones. The energy felt after drinking coffee is actually your body battling the stimulated fight or flight response. Studies have shown that constant stress impairs the immune system to respond to normal hormonal ques. The excessive amount of stress hormones deters communication within the immune system posing for additional complications with auto-immunity conditions. Once in this state of emergency the body seeks out reserves and depletes vitamins and minerals the immune system rely on. With celiac disease, inadequate absorption of vital nutrients and immune deficiency already pose as threats absent of caffeine consumption. Not to mention, B-vitamins are also depleted which aids in utilizing food for energy, thus exasperating symptoms of fatigue. Deflated Mood and Cognition Coming down from the caffeine high (you’ll have to eventually) may cause exhaustion, hindered cognition, and moodiness. “Wait, moodiness? But caffeine elevates your mood and helps you concentrate.” There are claims that coffee aids in treating depression and moodiness and here’s why; within minutes of drinking coffee, the central nervous system is firing neurons, sending signals to the brain, and pumps out adrenalin. The perked attention for someone exhibiting depressive symptoms would certainly feel beneficial. Unfortunately, this is short lived, fails to treat the underlying cause of depression/moodiness, depletes vitamins that aid in brain functioning, and slows oxygen to the brain. Have you ever heard an athlete use the term adrenalin dump? If adrenalin becomes too high before an event, the athlete will crash too early during their performance. It’s the same idea with coffee; after the alertness dissipates, the individual is left to crash and potentially in a worse mood. Although mild in comparison, caffeine manipulates the same neurochemical activity as amphetamines, cocaine, and morphine. (I’m NOT implying that coffee is equivalent to the previous examples but simply presenting the connection). Although different drug types, each stimulate the central nervous system to a degree causing temporary feelings of elation, pain relief, attentiveness, and suppressed appetite. These sound like great things but most of us understand the potential danger and addictive nature of these stimulants. IBS & Acidic Content “It sounds like caffeine is the culprit not coffee. So I’ll have decaf more often.” That’s a good start, but first: Cutting back is useful in combatting issues associated with caffeine but the acidic make-up of coffee must also be considered. It’s commonly understood that coffee is a trigger for IBS. Even in modest amounts, coffee produces a laxative effect within minutes after drinking. This applies to decaffeinated coffee as well and provides that caffeine is not the only culprit for IBS symptoms. Decaffeinated coffee is found to contain higher amounts of acid than regular coffee and stimulates acid production in the body. Excessive acid damages the intestines, resulting in absorption, immunity, and over-all health issues. There are numerous drinks containing a higher acid content than coffee. Sports drinks for instance, contain nearly double the amount of acid as coffee. Having sports drinks in effort to rehydrate from a cup of coffee enhances potential complications from acid damage. “I don’t have IBS. I like coffee because it keeps me regular” Achieving regularity by means of coffee consumption may indicate the need for dietary changes. Using pro-biotics and eating adequate amounts of fiber achieve regularity and are conducive towards overall health. Even if the constant need for the bathroom is not an issue, consider caffeine’s diuretic effects such as dehydration, impaired digestion, and constipation. Weight Retention “I like coffee because it curves my appetite.” Adrenaline stimulation releases and emits stored blood sugar. Insulin releases and blood sugar drops below normal. You’ll be hungrier than before in no time. Keep in mind that excess insulin is known to: Promote the storage of fat = weight gain Retain sodium = holds water weight and causes high blood pressure Increase amounts of inflammatory compounds in your blood! Inflammation is a killer and especially dangerous in increasing symptoms for those with celiac disease. I believe that individuals suffering from gastrointestinal disorders could greatly improve their life by eliminating coffee. I also understand that making such claims are “fighting words” for those who love their daily brew. Although uncomfortable and challenging to give up, consider the potential hindrance coffee and caffeine poses for healing. It may be your answer and missing ingredient to feeling better. Best of luck. Sources: Active Wellness By Gayle Reichler MS RD CDN, page 12 Disease Prevention And Treatment by Life Extension Foundation, page 739 Textbook of Natural Medicine Volumes 1-2 by Joseph E Pizzorno and Michael T Murray, page 433 Caffeine Blues By Stephen Cherniske MS, page 10 Lane, J.D. 1994. Neuroendrocine Responses to Caffeine in the Work Environment. Psychosomatic Medicine. 546:267-70. Rao, S.S., Welcher, K., Zimmermn, B. and Stumbo 1998. Is coffee a colonic stimulant?
  3. Hi again, dear world. This is my second blog post. In the meanwhile I have had a really busy time testing new theories about my undiagnosed disease. Here is what has happened: In the end of November I visited my GP, and got a referral to visit a gastroentrologist in February. At that time I was so sure that I had Hashimoto thyroiditis, and two months of waiting seemed a long time, especially because I was so sure that this horrible brain fog could be maganged with a simple hormone intake. Why I was so certain I had Hashimoto was because I had had some mysterious days when all my brain fog and tiredness went away, this could last for 6-20 hours. Within that time I could eat whatever I wanted (although I haven't risked trying gluten) however much I wanted without starting of symptoms (normally every food has it's max allowed quantity and following long recovery period). And I had this unfillable hunger, was over-energetic, and often I couldn't sleep for the whole night. Resembles HYPO->hyper->HYPOthyroidism, where the hyper period happens rarely (year 2014 only 5 times total). For many months I'd tried to induce these hyper-periods, but with very little succes. I noticed that if they happened, then usually right after my body had gone through some kind of stress. Drinking 1l milk, 300g honey. Then riding a bike for 2 hours, feel really bad. Then eating rice, my heartrate goes to 90 (higher than usual when digesting), and got brain fog and tiredness. And then, after 2 hours, voila, I get 16 hours of clear mind and unsatisfiable hunger. Drinking 1l milk. Then right away running very fast for 45 minutes. Then rest for 2 hours, then eat buckwheat flour. Again, 90 ppm. And voila - 14 hours of energeticness. Drinking 1l yoghurt. 4 hours of foggyness. Then 6 hours of hunger and brightness. Did an experiment - eat 500 grams of the same rice withing these 6 hours. Nothing happened (normally I get more disturbing brain fog after eating 200g). 200g cocoa powder, following really foggy evening-night, then the next day - very little fog, energetic. Sometimes it also happens when I have diarrhea. And always after having fever. Sometimes also for a shorter period after feeling very tired after eating, then taking a nap, and the following meal is fog free. So you see, it would seem like sometimes the stressful events cause some kind of fever-like reaction, that first feels very bad, but then especially good (like the disease has been fought off with great struggle). Stressful event presses the deteriorated thyroid to do its job in an emergency situation (bad feeling), and then with a last struggle it releases an exceptionally big amount of hormones (following over-energetic feeling). Plus: I also have painless/feverless throat inflammation (at least 3 years). Due to lack of fever/pain and the time it has been stayed (completely unchanged) it can't be viral/bacterial. My throat feels tight Seldomly there is radiating pain around thorat (in throat, cheek and ear regions) No knee-jerk reflex (symptom of 1.hypothyroidism / 2.anemia / 3.spinal cord dysfunction) So, yesterday I gave a blood test, checked for TPO antibodies, TSH, T3, and T4 levels. All were in very normal range, meaning NOT thyroid problem. I really had hoped for 2 months that this test would finally reveal what's wrong with me, but again, disappointment. Later I did some background research and I found out that none of my 4 brothers-sisters and also my both parents had no knee-reflex, thus it is hereditary (and probably harmless). And my mother also has throat inflammation (pharyngitis), and she doesn't have hypothyroidism. Mysteriously each symptom my mother has fits into hypothyroidism profile (and she has ~80% of those symptoms) but the tests show negative, so I hope if I finally get diagnosed it will also shed light to her mysterious case. In the meanwhile I also tested all vitamins+most of (bio)minerals that there exists (figured if I have a celiac then vitamin deficiency may cause some symptoms). At first it seemed some of them worked (B6, B9, D, and Cr), but later experiments proved me wrong, again! Then i figured I haven't tried HCl (low stomach acid + SIBO would explain the immune reaction I get - undigested food enters bowels, immune system doesn't like it and attacks). Again, in the beginning it seemed to help a litlle bit, but later when I took 15x larger amounts (7.5mg Betaine HCl), it made a very little difference. And when I think about it, it doesn't affect my digestion even when I drink like 1l of water right after having a meal, so it really can't be HCl deficiency. (Stevie and Jordan say it also has to have pepsin in it, mine didn't have. But I really doubt it would make any difference in my case, because pepsin can't function in low-acid/watery environment.) Fortunately I did discover one thing that helps me a bit - caffeine. When I tried black coffee it a while ago, then it induced a horrible fog. Little less worse with different teas. But now I got a Herbalife tea, that has some kind of raw coffee and tea powder in it, and it works much better - it actually helps me digest. So, I purchased caffeine pills, and it confirmed my results. Unfortunately they have quite strong side effects - mild diarrhea, urination pain, stomach gases and little pain in stomach. I will try to find some other raw coffee pulber that would not have these side effects. What the effect could be from: Caffeine reduces inflammation and innate immunity. Maybe it reduces inflammation in my stomach and tells my immune system not to develop a reaction to the foods I eat often. Differentials: Caffeine activates blood flow + stimulates nervous system. Maybe the nervous system/muscles in my bowel isn't active enough (don't get enough blood), actually the nonfunctioning nerve-gut axis is linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Studies have also showed that caffeine stimulates thyroid. - Now ruled out in my case. So, I'm waiting my first appointment with a new gastroenterologist in February (last one was 5 years ago). I will tell her everything I have tried in these 5 years, it will rule out a lot of conditions. And this time I won't let myself be diagnosed with "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" without doing colonoscopy and possibly endoscopy to rule out Inflammatory Bowel Diseases or non-healing bowel damage from celiac disease. I am going to defeat this disease, and when I do, I will do everything to help science eradicate the incurable diseases/better diagnose them and give people choices they have no control over.
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