Self experimentation

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.

New plan.

19:45 Still stuffy, crack open beer
19:55 Eat dinner—shells, eggplant, Parmesan

Sure enough,

20:05 Head cleared

Great, right? Nope.

21:15 Head stuffy again

Fail.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on July 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

    So I’m thinking you should just give up on expresso as you apparently have issues with caffeine overload! Or you need to hydrate prior to drinking the expresso! ok enough suggestions!

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  2. Maybe your “New Plan” didn’t fail. Maybe the beer (sedative) effect wore off after 1 1/2 hours. Try another beer next time ;)

    Reply

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