You thought I was going to say coffee, didn't you? There was a time that I definitely would have. But I have some pretty serious reflux issues that necessitated a trip to the doctor and a prescription of Prilosec. The acid levels in coffee and my beloved green tea were major culprits in my anguish.
Before going to the doctor I did some research and learned that chamomile tea is good for reflux sufferers. So, I (reluctantly) gave it a try. I was worried because I do not like flavored coffees or teas and I don't like things too sweet. But, the chamomile was a pretty good balance. It only took a few cups for me to get used to it tasting different than green tea.
I was still having major heartburn and burning in my throat at night, even with that change. Many foods were bothering me and I was just miserable and losing lots of sleep. So after suffering for about five years, I broke down and went to the doctor. Dietary changes just weren't going to cut it.
At the time I met with the doctor I told her I just wanted her to give me something that would allow me to start drinking coffee again. She said that after a period of time I could try to integrate some of my triggers to see how I tolerated them.
I was feeling much better within a week or two, but didn't want to chance it. I did have a cup of coffee at church one morning and didn't feel any effects. I even found that I could drink a large travel cup filled with coffee one morning when I had a long early morning drive. I didn't have any problems then, either.
You would think these instances would make me want to start brewing up a pot of coffee each morning again. Because, if you know me, coffee was my number one favorite thing in the world. I have always thought of drinking coffee as an experience, and have been a coffee drinker since I was in high school.
But, I have found that I don't crave coffee anymore. I don't crave the morning caffeine rush. Instead, I crave a warm, comforting cup of chamomile. In fact, I drink about 4 to 6 cups of a it a day. I like it that much.
So chamomile has replaced my desire for coffee. And my stomach thanks me.