Coffee often causes our gut to do funny things, so a common question I often get asked is coffee bad for my gut?
When we drink coffee, it starts the contraction and movement of the muscles in our gut called peristalsis.
Coffee also causes enzymes and mucous to release and line the bowel (intestine) walls as “lubrication” which supports the passage of the stool through the bowel (intestines).
A “coffee poop” is actually a real phenomenon.
This is not a bad thing by any means, but for those with a sensitive gut it can often cause symptoms and irritate the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to pains and loose bowels, particularly in those with irritable bowel syndrome.
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If you are finding coffee causes really loose bowels in the morning, I would suggest reducing your consumption to just 1-2 cups per day. If you have prolonged loose bowels every day, this could lead to nutritional deficiencies long term.
Overall, there are many benefits of coffee, as long as we are sticking to only 2-3 cups per day or less if you have a sensitive gut or suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
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