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The Scientific Reason Why Drinking Coffee Makes You Poop

July 27, 2015 1 min read

You can gush about how you can't live without your morning Starbucks run, but do you ever stop to think why your venti Americano gives you the runs? It is proven that there is a definite correlation between java and your digestive system. But the actual cause of the urge to hit the ladies room isn't entirely known. Science suggests that the caffeine content is the big culprit. Caffeine acts as a pro-mortility agent - meaning it spurs on the contractions of the bowels. While it gets your bowel muscles moving, caffeine can also be a catalyst for expelling waste from your body. How does it do that? Well, when you drink a few cups of joe you tend to find yourself a little jittery and anxious. This reaction causes your body to send out signals of panic and distress, which often leads to an urge to evacuate your bowels. So it is less about the actual substance ingested, and more about the response it triggers. Cool, eh? So how do you avoid this overstimulation of your digestive tract? Here are some tips:
  • Opt for less caffeine. Rich coffees that are roasted longer have a lower caffeine content.
  • Cut out sugars and creamers. Artificial sweeteners and diary can reek havoc on your system and when combined with caffeine, they lead to more dangerous diarrhea reactions.
  • Keep hydrated. Drink water to balance out your system after a coffee binge.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any tips to avoiding that gotta-go feeling after coffee? Source: Women's Health Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_100401" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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