Coffee is one of the popular and beloved beverages of people nowadays. They love the aroma and the taste of coffee. A cup of coffee will refresh people in the morning. Does coffee help constipation? Is it a laxative? Let’s discuss about this.
The two most commonly grown coffee bean types are coffee arabica and coffee robusta. The aroma of coffee arabica is stronger than coffee robusta. Arabica beans are sweeter and their acidity is higher while robusta beans are bitter and their acidity is lower. Robusta has twice as much caffeine as arabica.
Instant coffee is made from robusta beans such as Nescafe, Folgers, Kraft, Trader Joe’s and Lavazza. There are many types of instant coffee. But try the one that suitable for you because some are high in caffeine that may harm your health if you are genetically slow metabolizers of caffeine.
Decaf and caffeinated coffee.
What is the difference between decaf and caffeinated coffee? In decaf, 95% of the caffeine is removed. The caffeine level is removed by soaking coffee beans in a chemical that extract the caffeine. Finally, the beans are once again steamed in order to eliminate any chemical that remain. Normally a cup of coffee may provided 70-140mg of caffeine while decaf coffee may contains 0-7mg caffeine.
Decaf is less tasty and less bitter than caffeinated coffee but is suitable for those people who are sensitive to caffeine.
It is safe to consume not more than 300mg of caffeine per day. So if you have to take 3 cups coffee per day and afraid of consume too much caffeine, decaffeinated coffee is one of the alternative for you.
Does coffee help constipation?
There is a study shown that 29% of 99 healthy young volunteers claimed that coffee caused a desire to defecate within 4 minutes after drinking caffeine or decaffeinated coffee. Its effects on the colon are found to be comparable to those consume of a 1000 k cal meal.
Why does coffee help to poop?
Coffee help to stimulate secretion from the stomach i.e. gastrin and the upper small intestine i.e. cholecystokinin which can increase bowel movement. Besides that both regular and decaffeinated coffee contain exorphine which mediate important effect on colonic motility. These hormonal effect induced defecation desire.
The bowel movement of drinking caffeinated coffee will be 23% stronger compare to drinking decaf coffee.
These results suggest that for particular people after drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee can help to relieve constipation.
In 2019 study claimed that coffee consumption help to accelerate postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function after abdominal surgery.
Who shouldn’t drink coffee?
- Children under-age of 12 years old.
- Pregnant women consume coffee may increase the risk of having a miscarriage.
- Old women if over drinking coffee may affect them to absorb calcium and may cause osteoporosis (骨骼疏松）.
- Gastropathy ( 胃病者）if over consume coffee may cause gastric getting more serious.
- Shortage of Vitamin B1 patients : vitamin B1 is important in maintaining the balance and stabilization of nervous system. Coffee has a damaging effect to vitamin B1.
- Insomnia patients (失眠患者）drink coffee may make them full of energy and disturb their sleep.
Enjoy coffee and its benefit. Your body will tell you how much coffee that you can take per day. Follow your body Instruction then you are safe. Does coffee help constipation? Try a cup of coffee to see whether coffee can stimulate your bowel movement if you never drink coffee before. Although coffee help stimulate the bowel movement, but don’t just depend on it for long period because it may numb the contraction of colon if you too much depend on coffee as laxative.
To relieve constipation, developing proper life style is essential i.e. . intake of enough dietary fiber and water, do exercise or dancing. In addition to this, laughing 15 minutes per day you will become healthier and more positive. Laughing help to stimulate blood circulation, improve your metabolic rate and increase your power of immunity. Laughing make you feel more happy, relax and calm. You will not feel anxiety, stress and depress. Your gastrointestinal peristalsis will function naturally and indirectly help to relieve constipation. Force yourself to laugh if you forgot to laugh. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
In 2010 study about influence of body position on defecation in humans suggest that the greater the hip flexion achieved by squatting, you may poop fast and require less strain. You can use a Squatty Potty stool as your squatting assistant when you sit on the commode seat.