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Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

If your morning cup of joe includes a run to the bathroom, you’re not alone: About a third of coffee drinkers end up having to poop within 20 minutes of downing that morning beverage. Why that happens, though, has remained a mystery because it takes longer than that for something you put in your mouth to work its way to your rectum.

Researchers believe they’ve found the answer to triggers turning on in your stomach, Healthyway reports — and it’s not just the caffeine that comes into play here, as decaffeinated coffee seems to have the same effect. The scientists speculate that looking at what you add to your coffee may be a key to finding out what causes your stomach to signal something’s on its way down. To that end, they warned that dairy products and artificial sweeteners may be poop triggers. They also advised that getting plenty of dietary fiber and plain water throughout the day will help regulate your bowel movements.

Ah, the wonders of coffee! While I’m not a coffee drinker myself, there are many who love its taste and its wake-you-up properties first thing in the morning. After water, and along with tea, coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. Not only that, coffee also contains hundreds of biologically active compounds that have far-reaching health potentials for your heart, brain, vision and even as a cancer preventive.

Coffee also lowers your blood glucose level and may even increase the metabolic activity of Bifidobacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. But, as the coffee scientists mentioned, if you’re going to drink it, you also should give some consideration to other things it might do, from giving you the “jitters” from the caffeine in it, to sending you running to the bathroom after that first cup.

Those are the two most noticeable possible side effects — but did you know that the very coffee you’re putting in you cup should also be a consideration? That’s because coffee is a heavily pesticide-sprayed crop, so you should always look for organic, as well as shade-grown coffee, to eliminate any exposure to pesticide residues. Dark roasted, whole bean coffee may also be superior to light roast for the best health benefits.

And, as today’s featured researchers said, it’s always important to mind what you put in your coffee. The best way to consume it for maximal health benefits is without sugar, cream or artificial flavorings. If you feel you must have something in your coffee, a dollop of cream, butter or ghee from raw milk can add natural sweetness, flavor and color. A drop of coconut oil is also an option.
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