Nausea is literally one of the worst feelings in the world — especially if you have a lot on your itinerary. Since nobody wants to get sick during a trip out, it’s usually good to figure out the cause of nausea before it totally controls your life. Knowing that coffee is the culprit for some of us is even more upsetting. Because, what’s a morning without caffeine?
Coffee has often been touted as being a miracle beverage. Not only can it wake you up and make you more mentally alert, but Healthline reports it can also help stave away Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Type 2 diabetes.
The reason why coffee and other caffeinated beverages cause nausea is also scientifically linked. It primarily has to do with acid reflux. If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to try cold brew, or perhaps a type with a lower level of caffeine. Don’t sigh just yet — half-caf isn’t as bad as you may assume.
It’s strange to think that it’s caffeine may be the cause of your nausea, but the human body works in mysterious ways. Not only does it keep you awake, but it helps get your digestive system moving — which is why you might be feeling so sick.
If that’s not it, think about how you drink your coffee. Is it usually on an empty stomach? While not a nutritionist myself, I firmly believe that coffee should accompany something a little heartier — and professional coffee-fanatics agree. “Coffee is an intense drink,” states JavaPresse. “It’s rich, bold, and complex in flavor and chemical makeup. If you’re drinking coffee without eating anything substantial for breakfast, you’re going to run into problems — no matter who you are.”
If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to avoid the caffeinated stuff on busy mornings. But if you know you’re having a totally lazy day, and miss the taste of coffee, might as well have another cup.