Tea, Coffee and Salicylates

Coffee is FINE on the protocol to drink! BUT! If you are Carb Intolerant/ Hypoglycemic you cannot have coffee, (unless it’s decaf)! Click HERE for a bunch of info on coffee and caffeine from Claudia Merek (co-author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia) Caffeine is an ingredient in alot of products out there now, and it is fine topically, but be careful with coffee topically! SOME coffees have sals in them while others don’t so my suggestion is to not risk it topically!

So, I am HUUUGE fan of tea, and I KNOW what a huge sacrifice it isΒ  to give it up to go on the Guaifenesin Protocol! When I started the protocol I had nobody to give me some of these ideas, I had to come up with them on my own so I hope it helps!

If you are wondering what the trouble is with tea:

Dr St Amand now advises NO TEA on the Guaifenesin Protocol. I think it is the tea leaves that are dried and concentrated to make tea that is the trouble. It’s too much salicylate. It’s not a normal food amount. We would not normally eat that much leaves that are in a tea bag when they are fresh, prior to drying and concentrating them! Frankly, sounds gross to me! lol πŸ˜€

Here are some options for ya:

What I do is put some berries or lemon in hot water. Let the berries steep for a bit, it works better with frozen berries, you get more flavor for some reason. Add some sweetener if you need to, it’s very yummy!! Strawberry is my fav, but raspberries are super yummy with sweetener! There ARE options!!Mix and match them, add some fresh ginger root in there, and/ or a cinnamon stick. I’ve seen people put cucumber and all kinds of things in it! πŸ˜›

I also make a homemade steamer (Hot milk, sweetened and flavored) that is SO YUMM too! (click for link)

And check out my Mock Tea ideas for more options! πŸ™‚

Try out Jello tea. That is made with hot water and just a few teaspoons of Jello stirred in (to taste.) This would work with sugar free Jello as well for the HG diet πŸ™‚ If you try it, let me know how it tastes I haven’t tried it yet! πŸ™‚

Consider this for a moment:

What is the reason you started drinking tea anyways? I had to admit to myself that a large reason was the health benefits I thought I was getting from it. But, what was the motivation for getting the health benefits? Why did you feel you needed it? Because you are SICK! you have Fibromyalgia! The Guaifenesin Protocol will reverse the symptoms so that you no longer feel sick. This to me is SO much more important than any health benefits gained from tea!! πŸ™‚

I find I actually want tea less and less as it stresses me out so much now when I have it! haha! The WHOLE time, I am thinking to myself… “self, put more milk in there, maybe it will water it down enough to not block. no no, use more water. no no, eat lots of food with it. no no, just drink tons of water during and after…” lol and the stressing goes on and on. I seriously have to catch myself SO many times!! LOL πŸ˜€

Click this link to see the list of:Β  FAQ about Salicylates etc πŸ™‚

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I'm a bit of a health nut and not ashamed of it! God, family and Missions are huge passions and driving forces in my life. I have had fibromyalgia for most of my life and am in the process of a treatment that is gonna give me my life back! Join me in my journey to wellness, make some new friends and maybe encourage someone else along the way!
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19 Responses to Tea, Coffee and Salicylates

  1. Sylvia Brown says:

    I’m new to the protocol, and just signed up for your newsletter. Good stuff – especially to a frustrated learner. Have Dr. Armand’s 3rd book – still frustrated. Fibro fog is interfering with my ability to understand or get my mind around his manuscript. Still trying; baby steps…..

    • Christine says:

      Hi Sylvia! πŸ™‚ Good to hear from you!
      Have you found my Facebook support group yet? Being new to the protocol, it sure helps to have others who can relate to what you’re going through and able to support and encourage you! Glad that I could help!

  2. Denny Marian says:

    Good Morning Christine from Germany,

    I registered to Fibro-Buddies as Denny Marian.
    I’m on Guai protocol for one year and am after many, many attempts am only on 2x 10mg Gui daily. I cannot increase, having drastically problems-
    Hearth burns, almost collapsing a.s.o.
    I also cannot take any medications, having absolutely intolerance. Am on strong diet because of hypoglycemic.
    In Germany we have a lot of lobbies to take care about Gui however no one can explain and advice me correctly why I suffer so much on this little portion of Gui. Everybody who I talked advising me to increase – however I cannot.

    IΒ΄m assuming it is Cytochrom CYP 450. This Is the only one I haven’t had tested. I did gen test on SOD-2 and COMT. SOD-2 is the culprit. I can explain later.

    Please is there anybody who has same problems with Gui who can share with me?

    Thank you very much in advance
    Denny Marian

  3. Anonymous says:

    Are you SURE about Dandelion root being off limits? Dandelion is a wonderful kidney and liver cleanser, which is great for fibromyalgia. I read on a website for people who are salicylate-sensitive that Dandelion coffee is low in salicylates. Please look this up as well.

    Did you hear that Dandelion is off limits or were you assuming?

    Thank you.

    • Christine says:

      Hello anonymous!
      No, I am not SURE! I was told by Dr St Amand that NO tea is allowed. Not just a certain variety. I did not quiz him on specifically each kind out there.

      What I do know is that if the point of your PLANT based tea is to make some change in your body, then it’s in a concentrated amount enough that it’s very likely it will bypass digestion and go to your bloodstream and block your guai.

      I totally get wanting to drink tea. I used to drink dandelion tea as well, SO good for you. Many teas have wonderful health benefits and I LOVE tea! But! If I have to choose between tea and reversing my fibro symptoms so I can be well again… it’s not as hard a choice. Hang in there, it will feel like not much of a loss when you can see good days, then good weeks, then good months and so on as you clear and your symptoms reverse!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous says:

    Milk is better for you than Tea? Sounds silly, naturally human beings would never be drinking milk meant for other baby animals.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Anonymous πŸ™‚ This post is about finding a substitute for tea because those of us on the guaifenesin protocol cannot have tea as it interferes with our medication.

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