questionswhat's a good alternative to coffee?

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I used to know someone with stomach problems who drank something called Dandeblend. Made from Dandelions, or Dandelion leaves or something. Found at health food stores.

As always, YMMV, but it seemed to work for her.

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Sorry. I have tried hot tea and only like it occasionally. Hot cocoa, ditto. for me, there IS no substitute for coffee!

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I'm a pretty big coffee drinker (I have an hour and a half commute to school each way and I'm working two jobs while keeping good grades, so it gets tough) and when I don't feel like taking in caffeine, I usually eat fruits to make sure I have enough B Vitamins to keep me awake. Vitamin gummies can take care of this for you, but obviously real fruits will be better.

And if that doesn't work, sometimes I also take melatonin to help me get better sleep. It's sold over the counter as a dietary supplement because melatonin is a hormone (it tells you body that you need to sleep). Taking melatonin helps me get to sleep faster and get better sleep. Even though I don't have any sleeping problems, it just helps get deeper sleep.

I'd avoid using caffeine and melatonin together though. Melatonin is a downer and caffeine is an upper.... You'll blow your heart up if you rely on them too much.

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Are you sure it's the caffeine in the coffee and not the acid? You can test that by drinking a cup of lemon water or coconut water, or eating something that is alkaline, then having your coffee. If you don't get the upset from the coffee, then you know that you need to balance the pH of your food/drink better. If the coffee (strong tea or soda) still causes upset, then it is probably the caffeine. In that case, try a hard-boiled egg with some applesauce in the morning with a shot of some vitamin b drink - like Emergen-C or Airborne. See if that gives you a morning energy boost.

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I may have an off-the-wall solution! My son was diagnosed with an H.Pylori infection. This usually goes hand in hand with stomach/ulcer issues. After doing some research, he stumbled across honey from New Zealand called Manuka Honey.
He ponied up the money for a jar and was surprised that it seemed to calm any gastric irritation he had within 20 minutes. His sister, who also has a history of gastric issues, especially after mainlining diet sodas bottle after bottle, thought it might be all in his head until she tried a spoonful after feeling like her stomach was trying to eat its way out of her body.
We did a blind "study" with the two of them. Clover honey did not work, but the NZ honey ALWAYS took away the pain. Best of all, after taking two doses of honey a day for about a month, my son's H.Pylori levels were all but gone.

Once in awhile my caffeine addiction eats at my gut. I switch to Maxwell House 1/2 caff & then step up to their South Sea Island coffee after a few weeks.

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The stomach issues are almost certainly caused by the acidity of the coffee, not the caffeine (which is basic, if anything).
I recommend caffeine pills. You can buy them on Amazon for cheap, even cheaper if you buy a high dose and then split them to your desired dosage with a pill splitter.
For reference, a cup of coffee is about 100mg of caffeine.

Examples:
http://www.amazon.com/Caffeine-Maximum-Potency-Tablets-tablets/dp/B0011865IQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358110843&sr=8-1&keywords=caffeine+200mg
http://www.amazon.com/Apex-70068-Ultra-Pill-Splitter/dp/B000EGKTGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1358110857&sr=1-1&keywords=pill+splitter

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I'm a big fan of yerba mate.

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Caffeine Spray! Sounds yummy...

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@lavikinga: I believe I just took a test to test for that bacteria.

I've avoided coffee/ booze/ spicy food/ chocolate since the problems started (took me like three weeks to get an appt). I had coffee for the first time the other day (I have had caffeinated soda once or twice in that period) and that brought the issue back full swing. Thinking on that (as someone suggested) it might be the coffee, not the caffeine.

@kylemittskus: Not even once! :-P

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I am not a coffee drinker, but do need my baseline level of caffeine in the morning. I go with black tea or soda. I know there are several supplements out there, but I have never ventured into that territory. I have also heard that an apple will "wake you up" as effectively as a cup of coffee, but I don't know how true that is. That "wake up" comes from a sugar rush, not from caffiene, so YMMV. And it won't be effective if you are trying to deal with caffeine withdrawl.

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Look up Chia Seeds and Chia Gel. (Yes, those Chia seeds!)

They help wean you off of caffeine and help you stay hydrated. But be warned, you should use them for more than a few weeks, as they can become habit forming as well.

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@thedogma: if it comes back positive for HP, look on Amazon for the honey and then google Manuka honey, H.Pylori, and ulcer treatments. Our doctor was interested in how a seemingly simple food was able to not only provide relief, but reduce the HP levels to almost nothing in a totally natural way.

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I stopped coffee for a while and drank green tea. Green tea with chai has a very good flavor. I also experimented with peppermint tea. I could never get to like cold tea.

FYI @mkdr: caffeine withdraw is from having no caffeine. Having a minimum dose can completely eliminate the withdraw effect. (so decaffeinated coffee will keep you from suffering from withdraw)

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Anhydrous Caffeine mixed into a hot (or at least warm) drink. It takes way too long to dissolve in cold drinks unless you are not in a hurry. Just be very careful when measuring it so you don't run the risk of an overdose. Just do a search to find out where to buy it.

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I'm in agreement with everyone suggesting tea, but if you think the acidity is the problem, you could try cold-brewing coffee, which makes it far less acidic (also weird-tasting at first).

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@thumperchick: My wife is addicted to those. She will eat them plan or add them to anything she drinks. What a weird seed. They develop a gelatin like substance around them when they get wet.

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I suggest trying a coffee low in acidity. Folger's has one - try it, even if you don't like that particular brand or flavor. If you don't experience the problems, you can find other low-acid blends.

Some people brew straight chicory as an alternative. There's also something called Crio Bru on Amazon which is actually ground and roasted cacao (cocoa) you can brew like coffee.

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You can make cold brew coffee, which basically is a coffee extract. Because it never gets hot there is next to no acidity. I have been getting my java fix from one of these bad boys for over 10 years. From 1lb of ground coffee you make about 1/2 gallon of coffee extract, it is super caffeinated, and you basically use it like you would espresso. It lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge, although mine never makes it that long :) You can add 2 to 4 ounces of the coffee to a glass of milk and it is delicious and very caffeinated, or add it to boiled water for a drip coffee/americano style drink.

You will not regret it...
http://www.amazon.com/Toddy-T2N-Cold-Brew-System/dp/B0006H0JVW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358149909&sr=8-1&keywords=toddy+maker

PS: Whatever you do, use decent coffee in this thing, because it produces an extract, it will accentuate how good or how bad a coffee is. Also, never use flavored coffee in it, again, it will accentuate too much the added flavor.

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I take green tea extract pills whenever I feel the need for some caffeine.

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There's an alternative to coffee?

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Eat an apple. Weird but true fact from middle school. Apples have more of a pick-me-up in them than caffeine and it lasts longer.

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Drink a smoothie for breakfast. My wife and I have one a few days per week. If you use a good recipe it will fill you up and give you energy all morning.

Try this one

Strawberry Field Marshall Smoothie
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup 1% milk
2 teaspoons peanut butter
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 teaspoons whey powder
6 ice cubes, crushed

I like to increase the amount of peanut butter and use about 1/2 to 1 cup of protein powder.

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@dmmutti: @mossygreen: cold brew sounds interesting. I might give that a try

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I was a heavy coffee drinker till I developed an allergy to coffee. When I drink it, I get sharp, persistent pain in my stomach. When it's a bad reaction, I will also suffer a drop in blood pressure, which causes me to get the chills and tunnel vision and feel like I am going to black out. I will also sometimes get bloody stools, sometimes for days afterward. Caffeine does not give me a problem, and I live on tea and highly acidic foods. It is specifically coffee that I have a problem with. More specifically, the residue it leaves behind. I can use a coffee bag (like tea bags) or have a cup from a place that really rigorously cleans their equipment. But I avoid the stuff other than a cup maybe 3x a year when I am really jonesing for it.

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@moondrake: Oh man. I hope that's not the case with me. I enjoy my coffee. I do enjoy tea though, so I can at least (hopefully) have that.

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@moondrake: You could have left out the part about the bloody stools, TMI dude.

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@bkarlan: yeah, the 'gel' they form looks like lil aquatic eggs. but, you can toss them into a smoothie or yogurt and run out the door. They're awesome like that.

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@moondrake: Time to see your doc for evaluation of some sort of GI problem.

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@thumperchick: Yes, I always feel like I'm eating frog eggs! But I'm okay with it.

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@jsimsace, @thedogma: LOL!

@dmmutti: If the OP has the same symptoms, could be the same problem. Since most responses are tagging it as either caffeine or acid, when neither is a problem for me, thought I should offer a fully described alternative, although I did think maybe TMI. But it could be the actual coffee, an allergy or sensitivity to the coffee plant, which is what I seem to have.