I have read that caffeine is drying. Does anyone else know about this. I already avoid it as much as possible as well as fruit juices because it bothers the acid reflux. I do get tired of drinking so much water though as it seems like it dries me out even more. Milk seems to help as well as Gatorade. But sometimes I just want something different. I know this seems like a petty topic. I was just wondering if anybody thinks there’s any truth to it. Sometimes a soda seems to hit the spot. And what about decaf coffe? Is it o.k.?

Karen- It may well be that some people are affected by caffeine. I haven't noticed any real difference. This might be something to see for yourself. That's the fun part about a disease like this. Everyone is going to have a different reaction to foods and drinks. Some may not be impacted be specific drinks, while others may have to avoid certain food or drinks all together.

Found this on the Mayo clinic site:

'Drinking caffeine–containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn't cause fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested. While caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect — meaning that they may cause the need to urinate — they don't appear to increase the risk of dehydration.

Still, caffeinated drinks can cause headaches and insomnia in some people. Water is probably your best bet to stay hydrated. It's calorie–free, caffeine–free, inexpensive and readily available.'

But water is boring all the time, so having some caffeinated drinks seems like they're okay!

Thanks a bunch! Iced tea really seams to dry me out. Not sure why!

Sweet stuff dries my mouth more, I can't drink tea or coffee without it, but only have a couple of cups a day.

Thanks Jules, I have noticed that my mouth will burn more with the coffee, but I usually only have a cup a day if that much. The sodas don’t seem to bother me but I don’t drink them that often anyway. I also have noticed sweet stuff aggravates! Salty things seem to work better for snacking!