Coffee and its influence on the digestive system

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Coffee and its influence on the digestive system
Coffee and its influence on the digestive system

Many people consider coffee to be more than a drink; they think of it as their lifeblood. While coffee may be primarily known for 'waking up' the brain in the morning, many people claim that before going to work, they first drink a cup of coffee to energize their guts as well.

What exactly it is about coffee that makes some people feel like running to the nearest toilet, and anyone else feels no effect from it? Check out what we have to say in the following paragraphs. Do coffee really affect your bowel movements in a positive or a negative way? In summary, there have been no recent studies that demonstrate how coffee affects the function of the bowels in humans.

The results of one study found that individuals with postoperative ileus had a greater tendency to move their bowels with decaffeinated coffee compared to caffeine and plain water, even when they did not consume any caffeine.

Those who suffer from postoperative ileus are in fact experiencing digestive problems after they have had a major abdominal surgery. In this case, the subjects had colon surgery.

Interesting studies

Many studies performed during the 1990s looked at the possible association between coffee and digestion and they all suggested that there was some connection between the two.

As revealed in a 1990 Questionnaire Study, drinking decaffeinated or decaffeinated coffee increases the mobility of the rectosigmoid muscle in the body. There is a movement that occurs at the junction of the large intestine that meets the upper rectum at the end of the large intestine.

In about 29 percent of participants, this movement increased within four minutes, but plain warm water had no effect. Several studies have been conducted on caffeine consumption and decaffeination in coffee, as well as drinking 1,000 calorie meals to stimulate the colon in 1998.

Nevertheless, caffeine-containing coffee stimulates the colon 23% more than decaffeinated coffee does and 60% more than plain water when it comes to stimulating the colon.