I'm sure the coffee lovers are about to stone me for writing this! Yes, there has been studies which say coffee is indeed good for us humans. But yet, it has some negative effects on the gut.
*The stomach produces large amounts of hydrochloric acid when you drink coffee.
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Hydrochloric acid is one of your gastric juice which is released after a meal to break down your food. Imagine drinking coffee on an empty stomach everyday!
The caffeine relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle. This causes acid reflux which is heartburn.
IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME)
Coffee is known as an intestinal irritant. It causes stomach-ulcers-sufferers to be in even more agony.
Die-hard coffee fans still get IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) even after switching to decaf. Apparently it's the enzyme in the beans which irritates the gut.
Coffee has laxative effects which actually stimulates gastric emptying which causes the intestines to empty itself before the food is even digested.
Instead of absorbing nutrients from digesting food, the acidic stomach contents are being sent into the small intestines too soon causing injury and inflammation.
Caffeine in coffee is a strong diuretic.
*(A diuretic is a substance that promotes the production of urine in the body.) All diuretics increase the excretion of urine in the body. (taken from HERE) This means you will have frequent urination and and if you do not consume enough water, you will end up in dehydration.
STRESS LEVELS ELEVATED
Coffee actually elevates the stress hormones cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. This will cause the heart rate to increase, blood pressure to increase and also activate the 'fight or flight' switch. These are not meant to be 'switched on' all the time. It's only supposed to be switched on when you are in danger. Just imagine drinking coffee everyday which triggers your adrenaline everyday when there isn't danger.
GABA METABOLISM INTERFERED
GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter. This is produced in the brain and the GI tract. The role of GABA in the GI tract is to produce a calming effect. GABA also plays an important role in mood and stress management. Caffeine has been found to interfere with the GABA neurotransmitter.
Click on LINK to read more on the effects of coffee on our gut.
The bad guys in the gut THRIVE on sugar. They become super-powerful when you feed them sugar. Sugar is kryptonite to the good guys in your gut.
Therefore, if your diet is mainly high in starches, carbohydrates, sweets, cakes and cookies and all which spells S.U.G.A.R, then your gut bacteria would be overloaded with the bad guys and not the good ones.
And that is definitely trouble for the gut!
7. ASCORBIC ACID
The good new is, the synthetic version of Vitamin C, which is ascorbic acid is a bacteria killer! The bad news is, it does not know how to differentiate the good guys and the bad. Thus, it wipes out all form of bacteria it comes across.
Last but not least, *ascorbic acid is synthesized from corn dextrose fermentation. Most of the synthesized Vitamin C is sourced from GMO corn. (taken from HERE)
8. VITAMIN S
This is not some vitamin that you can take as a supplement. This vitamin is called Vitamin Sleep. Not only does our brain produces melatonin, even our gut does too!
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the brain that helps regulate our sleep and maintains our body's natural clock (AKA the 'circadian rhythm'). The melatonin that is produced in the gut helps regulate and promote healthy digestion.
Melatonin in the gut helps regulate the internal clock of our bowel movements, regulates peristalsis and reduces spasms and aids motility through the GI tract.
As melatonin corresponds according to the circadian rhythm, nighttime light exposure suppress melatonin. People who work at night makes less melatonin than those who work in the day. And those who produce less melatonin have a higher incidence of gastrointestinal disorders.
(click HERE to read more on melatonin and sleep)
(to be continued...)