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Coffee Allergy & Sensitivity: Direct Reaction Of The Human Body, Alternate Caffeine Free Beverages

Jun 11, 2017 10:18 AM EDT


Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world for its benefits and soothing effects to its patrons. Coffee allergy is very rare unless an individual has allergic episodes with the mixed ingredients to the powdered form of the drink. Coffee sensitivity is more prevalent than coffee allergies as many individuals may be sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

A person having coffee allergies will trigger the immune system and treat the beverage as invaders and will react accordingly. The bodily functions will identify the entry of these invaders and will trigger its anatomic guardians to quell the invasion. Allergic reactions like rashes, nausea, vomiting, swallowing difficulty, shortness of breath, intense coughing, stomach cramps, diarrhea, paling of the skin, low blood pressure, weak pulse, dizziness, and unconsciousness manifest as symptoms of the reaction.

These reactions may lead to "anaphylaxis" that could cause swelling of the mouth and throat resulting in breathing difficulties. This stimulus could also see the coffee allergy victim's blood pressure go down is life threatening if not given proper medical attention immediately.

Many coffee lovers will have the mistaken notion of coffee allergies, but what they may be experiencing is their sensitivity to the drink and its contents. The soothing beverage will have minor effects to its drinkers but will usually go away and is not life threatening. Sensitivity reactions like uneasiness, irritation, anxiety, insomnia, upset stomach, abdominal cramps, muscular spasms, and faster heart rate are the minor side effects, reports Medical News Today.

There are little-known facts of having coffee allergies from roasted coffee. Having symptoms like stomach upset or irritability is usually the result of coffee sensitivity. Coffee drinkers can opt to find alternate drinks to quench their cravings for coffee. Other substitutes for coffee like flavored herbal teas, rooibos, roasted corn, barley or rice teas, Lebanese white coffee, or the ginger honey lemon tunic are caffeine free beverages that soothe the senses, reports Healthline.

Decaf may also be another option with lesser caffeine content in avoiding coffee allergy and sensitivity. The previous process uses carcinogenic chemicals but present technologies are safer now.

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