Caffeine and Your Digestive System

Caffeine and Your Digestive System

Caffeine is a well known stimulant found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and cocoa. It can be useful in many daily situations as it raises your levels of alertness, increases the metabolism, and can put us in a better mood.

Increased Peristalsis

Peristalsis in the body is where muscle contracts in order to move food from the mouth and through the rest of the digestive system. Since caffeine is a natural laxative, it can help increase peristalsis and thus help with a healthy bowel movement.

Indigestion

Caffeine can often cause indigestion when it triggers an increase in cortisol (the stress hormone).

Gastric Secretions

Since caffeine is acidic, it tends to increase the acidity in the body, and in doing so also the gastric secretions. This can, in turn, lead to an upset stomach and even stomach ulcers.

Recommendations:

Lifestyle changes –

If you are an avid coffee drinker, or can’t go without your cuppa’ tea, then I might have some bad news. You have to limit your caffeine intake when it starts causing problems, and only drink 1 or 2 cups per day.

It also helps when you follow a healthy diet, and get enough exercise.

Natural supplements to aid the digestive system and reduce acidity –

As coffee can lead to digestive problems, you can rectify the digestive tract bacteria with a supplement like the Manna GUT Support to reintroduce healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes to the colon.

If you find that coffee increases your acid levels, try to drink more water and take the Manna PH Balance to excrete excess uric acid from the body to prevent acid related health problems like arthritis and gout.

 

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