Are You Caffeine Sensitive? Four Reasons Why

Updated at: Feb 05, 2019
Are You Caffeine Sensitive? Four Reasons Why

For some people, a cup of coffee is necessary to get up whereas some cannot even tolerate a sip of it. If you are caffeine sensitive then here are all the causes, symptoms and prevention of caffeine sensitivity.

Varsha Vats
Healthy DietWritten by: Varsha VatsPublished at: Feb 05, 2019

A large number of people consume caffeine on daily basis. It is a part of their daily diet just like other foods. Some people consume caffeine to get up while others consume to get rid of a headache. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system of a person who consumes it. While some people are sensitive to caffeine. Their body cannot tolerate the intake of caffeine. Some people are normal sensitive while others are hypo or hypersensitive. People who are allergic to caffeine can experience various symptoms and side effects after consuming it.

Symptoms of caffeine sensitivity

Some of the symptoms that a caffeine-sensitive person experiences may include:

  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Itchy rash
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea, abdominal pain or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of the throat or tongue
  • Itchy mouth, lips, and tongue

Causes of caffeine sensitivity

There are many factors which can lead to caffeine sensitivity. You cannot control most of these factors. Some of the common causes of caffeine sensitive are:


There are certain medicines which can make you a caffeine-sensitive whereas some other medicines can make the condition worse. Medication like theophylline used to treat respiratory issues and herbal supplements like ephedrine and echinacea can trigger the condition. Medicines like this can change the way your body processes caffeine.


Gender is also a factor which can influence your tolerance to caffeine. Caffeine stays inside a male body for longer because their body takes it longer to process caffeine. When caffeine stays inside the body for long, it can produce side effects. Hence, males are more sensitive to caffeine then female.


Your genes can also make you caffeine sensitive. Genes can affect the way caffeine affects your body and how long it takes to process.


If you have anxiety or you are highly stressed, caffeine consumption can make the condition worse. It can promote panic attacks and can also cause insomnia. The symptoms of anxiety can worsen.


The best way to prevent caffeine sensitivity is to avoid the consumption of all food items which contain caffeine. Some of the common caffeine rich foods and beverages are:

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Energy drinks
  • Tea

After cutting caffeine completely you may experience some symptoms due to sudden withdrawal:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Shakiness

After some time you will feel better will not experience these symptoms.

You can choose some healthy alternates for instant energy. Some healthy alternates are:

  • Water
  • Coconut water
  • Yogurt
  • Green tea

Simple tricks to reduce caffeine consumption are:

  • Distract your attention
  • Drink more water
  • Sleep properly
  • Eat healthy food

If you are not caffeine sensitive, you should also avoid excess consumption of caffeine. Too much intake of caffeine can lead to many harmful effects. Try more healthy alternates and stay caffeine free.

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