Why does coffee make me poop

Coffee is a diverse substance which contains many different compounds which are known to affect the human body and its chemistry. The bean itself contains many chemicals which have been known to be psychotropic. In addition to these many effects, coffee is known to be a powerful stimulate for a condition known as peristalsis. Because of this, coffee is said to prevent constipation. While coffee is known to be a laxative in this capacity, it can also produce excessively loose bowel movements which could lead to diarrhea. This stimulation effect on the colon due to coffee consumption can be found in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees, so the state of the coffee has very little to do with it.

Many practitioners of alternative and holistic medicine have recommended coffee enemas which help cleanse the colon, due to its stimulation of peristalsis. This practice has received huge attention in the holistic healing community, as many people believe impacted colons are the source of all kinds of ailments which affect the body in a number of different ways. However, mainstream medicine has not released any evidence which supports this theory, and it is not practiced.

Many people believe that the caffeine in coffee acts as a diuretic when consumed in moderation, but this is simply not true. Other myths surrounding coffee are also false, including the myth which says excessive coffee consumption can lead to dehydration or an imbalance in electrolytes in the body. There has been no evidence to support these claims in any of the research surrounding coffee consumption. In fact, current evidence suggests that any caffeinated beverage does not contribute any differently to the body’s daily fluid requirement than water does. Since coffee does have a laxative effect on the body, it is always recommended to consume it in moderation. Not only can the caffeine be bad for the body, but even if decaffeinated, the effects of coffee as a laxative can lead to dehydration, if the body develops a severe case of diarrhea from an excessive amount of coffee consumption. Currently, there is no evidence to support the claims that excessive coffee consumption can have anything but a laxative effect on the body, which many people only experience as a mild discomfort, even in people who drink two or more cups of coffee a day.

Because the beans are ground and then diluted when it is brewed, this may have something to do with the way coffee effects the body. In the past, coffee beans were brewed in the bottom of the pan, closer to the fire, which lead to a stronger brew. With modern drip coffee makers, the water is ran through the grounds and into the pot, with the actual coffee that is made being kept away from the beans. This leads to a less than strong brew, and while it is not unfavorable in the realm of taste, it may have inadvertently contributed to a lesser laxative effect than what was known even 50 years ago, before drip coffee makers.