Maybe it's not the coffee but I have been drinking one to two medium sized mugs of it in the morning. Not too long after came the belly cramps, stressful thinking, nausea, trouble using the bathroom, etc... (about a week later)
Does it sound like it could it be from the coffee? And if so why would it happen now? I was drinking green tea in the mornings and there was no problem.
Why would it do this to me when I drink only one to two cups a day? I drink losts of water and am active as well.
Edit: I will add some history so that people understand more why I am confused.
I have been drinking coffee for over 20 years with no problem. I quit drinking coffee for about a month maybe two and started drinking green tea. Just this past week I started with coffee again and have had an reaction. My question is more: Why is it happening now when it didn't before? This just started.
There are a many factors to consider, but from what you say it sounds as if coffee is having a negative effect on you. There are many studies re. caffeine over the years, of course. Here is one old study that shows that coffee can have an significant interfering (jacking up) effect on the neuro-endocrine response to stress. http://aa-alpha.ccn.duke.edu/adcock_website/pdf/publications/Lane-Psychosomatic-1990.pdf You really can not separate the digestive system from the neuro-endocrine system...they are so intimately intertwined, plus modern-day coffee's acidity is substantial...that alone might mess with your GI flora, et al. One can't dispute that caffeine, delivered via coffee from roasted/domesticated/modern-day/non-organic/super-potent-beans is certainly "not Paleo". I drink one-two cups per day (with honey and a spritz of 1/2&1/2) but I do this knowing that it is not something that is required for optimal health and is very-likely having a net negative health benefit.
Coffee is a common cross reactor with gluten. I would cut it out for a while to see if your symptoms improve, it's the only way you'll know for sure. Caffeine ABSOLUTELY aggravates anxiety by the way which is precisely why I stick to decaff most of the time.
This is a very current issue for me, as I have just given it up as of 3 weeks ago. I was addicted to my 2 cups of coffee each day. Even going GAPS/Paleo I didn't and would not give up my coffee. But irritability, nausea, and some other digestive problems made me realize it just might be the coffee. So very very grudgingly I finally made the decision to limit my coffee to a single cup only once a week, on Sunday mornings. After 1 week I felt SOOOO much better!
Uggla, I think it might be the amount of coffee plus the individual person's ability to tolerate it. I definitely read a lot about how the problem can be the coffee, not just the caffeine. You could try drinking only ONE cup each day, not two. Does that make a difference? Here's a thread that gave me some insight on my coffee habit. You might find it helpful too: http://paleohacks.com/questions/43985/how-much-coffee-is-too-much#axzz1PaneOThy
Caffeine is prob the issue. After being paleo for a few months my sensitivity to caffeine became almost extreme. Can't drink coffee at all, some herbal teas are ok. I know many people who had the same experience after cleaning up their diet. Perhaps a clean, healthy body just does not need a stimulant like caffeine.
Owl-friend, are you taking it alone or are you eating it with something? You could stop drinking for a few days, then start drinking a small amount with cream (or eating something else). If you don't see any problems then, increase the amount (always drinking it with food).
I've had the exact same experience.
Drank coffee for years with no issue at all.
Gave it up then all of a sudden, MEGA anxiety and bathroom issues for even a small amount of caffeine.
I seriously feel like my heart is going to explode with palpitations. I have to look in the bathroom mirror and talk myself down.
I doubt its about coffee. Since you switched to green tea it still contains coffeine, 1/5 of the dose AFAIK of typical coffee.
Coffee is diuretic, it can't promote constipation.
Its probably something else, given your coffee history.
You might want to see what happens when you drink a lot more coffee per day.
For instance, here they say:
Acute intake of coffee or beverages containing caffeine can increase blood pressure, heart minute volumes, and cardiac index, as well as activate the sympathetic nervous system in nonhabitual coffee drinkers. Interestingly, this is not observed in habitual coffee drinkers.
Acutely, coffee and caffeine induced comparable increases in MSA and BP in nonhabitual coffee drinkers, whereas habitual coffee drinkers exhibited lack of BP increase despite MSA activation to coffee. Because decaffeinated coffee also increases BP and MSA in nonhabitual drinkers, ingredients other than caffeine must be responsible for cardiovascular activation.
but there are many more...
That said, there are indeed people who can't tolerate coffee, but that doesn't prove its harmful in general.
For many years I have been a tea drinker, darjeeling, earl grey, irish breakfast etc. However, I would yearn for coffee, but every time I drank it I would suffer the symptoms described by Uggla. Oddly I seemed to tolerate coffee when travelling abroad. After a recent trip I just continued drinking coffee because it is a fine cream transporting system. I have one large mug of half coffee and half cream in the morning. It helps keep me "regular" like nothing else. Recently I tried some coffee from Sumatra that I used to enjoy. It caused all the bad symptoms that Uggla had. It was quite acidic. Now I'm back to drinking a less acidic coffee and all is well. Two choices: either quit the coffee and see if symptoms go away or continue and see if they go away.