Whenever I drink espresso, I get a reaction where my ears and sinuses feel full and plugged. But I want to be able to drink espresso in Italy when I go. So I’m trying to figure out what I can do to stop the reaction.
Last night I read up and saw that caffeine is a diuretic, so I devised a plan to rehydrate after the effects started. Today, at lunch, I had an espresso.
12:30 Drank espresso
Sure enough, a while later
15:00 Ears and sinuses plugged up
Then I started the treatment
15:30 Drank Gatorade with 11% sodium
16:15 Ate cheese with 5% sodium
Nothing happened. I was still stuffy. I read a little more and found that recent studies say caffeine isn’t a diuretic. Suck.
19:45 Still stuffy, crack open beer
19:55 Eat dinner—shells, eggplant, Parmesan
20:05 Head cleared
Great, right? Nope.
21:15 Head stuffy again