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Can coffee make me sick?

Can coffee make me sick?

It’s true that coffee can leave you feeling a bit queasy, especially those of us who are reaching for our first, second, or sixth cup before reaching for our first meal of the day.

To avoid dehydration:

  • Refrain from drinking coffee on an empty stomach
  • Drink at least as much water as you do coffee and then some
  • Have some food in your stomach avoid jitters, lightheadedness, or an upset stomach 

Keep the following factors in mind when considering why you’re turning green:

The various acids found in coffee do contribute to the overall taste of your brew. However, acidity in coffee, especially when drinking on an empty stomach can lead you to feel a bit queasy. These acids may irritate your stomach lining, and cause feelings of nausea. If you find that you’re sensitive to high acidity:

  • Go with a dark roast. Darker roasts generally have a low acidity, and the chemicals that arise during the roasting process may help in hindering your stomach acid.

Artificial and zero-calorie sweeteners are thought to stir up your gut-bacteria, and in turn, lead to potentially messy situations with your bodily-functions.

  • Experiment with alternatives like a stevia leaf extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or cocoa.

Non-dairy, Low-fat and artificial creamers aren’t much better than the artificial sweeteners your pairing them with. These creamers tend to include harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, thickeners, and other unnatural and harmful ingredients. Dipotassium phosphate, for example, an ingredient used to break down coffee acidity, can actually lead to both nausea and *shiver* diarrhea. Calcium will offset acidity.

  • If you prefer the smoother taste, or the acidity is doing you in, go for an all-natural milk or creamer to keep your insides happy both in short and long term.

If you’re feeling brave, challenge yourself to forego the additional ingredients altogether! The more you drink black coffee, the more you will begin to taste the flavor notes from the roast itself that you may have been missing out on.

Happy sipping!