So many of us enjoy our morning cup of coffee. For most has become a part of our daily routines. Caffeine is loaded with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients. Some people even think that it can jump-start the other end of their body. Is this a myth or is this the truth? Here is what we know about the effects of coffee on our bodies:
Does coffee actually make you poop?
It does! Not only is coffee one of the best sources of caffeine on the planet and a great energy booster, but it does help speed up your other end. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it stimulates the urge to poop by activating contractions in your colon and intestinal muscles. Contractions in the colon push contents towards the rectum (the final section of your digestive tract.)
Can decaf also make you poop?
According to a study published by the NIH, decaf can also do the trick. This means that other factors are at work. Ryan Raman, MS, RD, says “Chlorogenic acids and N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamides are both compounds of interest. Studies have found that they can stimulate the production of stomach acid. Stomach acid helps churn food and move it quickly through the gut.”
Coffee and Hormones
The NIH states that drinking coffee can increase levels of the hormone gastrin. Gastrin makes the colon more active. Not only can this hormone increase the movement of food through the colon, but it’s also linked to the gastrocolic reflex, which makes the colon more active
Milk or cream in your coffee?
Milk and cream may promote bowel movements, as they contain lactose. Close to 65% of people worldwide cannot digest lactose properly according to the NIH. Lactose Intolerant symptoms include bloating, stomach cramps, and diarrhea after consuming dairy. Therefore a lactose intolerance can also trigger the urge to poop.