There is nothing better than waking up to a fresh, steamy cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee has been shown to improve mood and performance and has recently been linked to reducing the risk of Dementia and Parkinson’s. There are many health benefits to drinking coffee, and experts state that around 5 cups (400 milligrams) is the recommended amount for consumption for a healthy, balanced diet. But what about your gut? Studies are beginning to unpack the benefits of coffee toward your digestive health. New studies have shown links between coffee consumption and constipation relief, healthy bacteria and microbiomes in the gut, and intake of beneficial nutrients to regulate your digestive tract. So, should you drink coffee to support your digestive health? We say, trust your gut.
Kick Constipation to the Curb
Studies have shown that coffee has stimulating effects that reach beyond your brain. We all know that the caffeine in coffee wakes your mind, improves mood, and boosts brain function. But new studies show that caffeine in coffee can also stimulate your digestive tract by promoting muscle contractions in your digestive tract. Coffee makes you go, which helps to regulate your digestion. Up to 30% of coffee consumers have reported having to use the restroom within half an hour of consumption. Additionally, the caffeine inside your cup of coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid, which helps to move food through your digestive tract and regulate your gut.
Diversify Healthy Bacteria in Your Gut
Each cup of coffee is packed with powerhouse molecules that diversify and contribute to a healthy microbiome in your gut. A healthy microbiome in your digestive tract is one that has a plethora of “good” bacteria to process foods and drink we consume. The more diverse bacteria present in your gut, the better. Diverse microbes help to handle different types of foods and/or illnesses. A healthy microbiome has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s and reduces the risk of obesity. Recent studies have linked a healthy microbiome to coffee consumption. Studies have shown that participants who consumed at least one cup of coffee a day had much healthier microbiomes than participants who do not drink any coffee. There was a positive correlation between the amount of coffee consumption and the microbiome diversity in their guts. Participants who consumed 4 or more cups of coffee a day have more healthy microbes increasingly in their gut for each cup consumed. So, more coffee means more diverse microbes in your gut, and therefore a healthier microbiome. This can be attributed to the presence of polyphenols, which good gut bacteria can feed off of. Additionally, antimicrobial molecules help to reduce the presence of bad bacteria in our gut. This combination helps to stabilize your gut and diversify your microbiome. Anti-inflammatory microbes in coffee have been linked to the prevention of metabolic diseases, as it stimulates healthy gut function.
Here are some additional benefits of coffee consumption that support a healthier you. A healthier body overall will lead to health benefits to your gut and digestive tract.
- Coffee Helps Burn Fat: The caffeine in coffee helps to break down fats as you work out, which fuels your body to burn through your body fat.
- Caffeine Boosts Metabolism: Caffeine stimulates your metabolic system to improve function. Studies have shown that caffeine can boost your metabolism by up to 50%.
- Tons of Antioxidants: Coffee includes many beneficial antioxidants, including potassium, magnesium, B2, B3, and B5. o Many digestive issues are linked to potassium deficiency. Potassium helps send signals from the brain to your digestive tract muscles to stimulate the digestive process. Any intake of potassium will promote the regularity of digestion.
- Magnesium helps to boost digestive function as well. A lack of magnesium can leave you feeling lethargic and can lead to stomach cramps.
- Vitamin B found in your gut acts as a regulation host. It ensures the reduction of bad bacteria in your gut and promotes good bacteria’s healthy growth instead. They act as a food source for certain microbes to support specific microbes’ survival in your gut. Coffee can be a healthy and beneficial addition to your diet in appropriate daily doses. Remember, the recommended amount for optimal health benefits to your brain, cardiovascular system, and gut is 1-4 cups a day or up to 400 mg of caffeine.
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