What A Daily Cup of Coffee Does to Your Digestion


It’s true that many doctors today, including Manhattan GI doctors, discourage their patients from drinking coffee. Is it because of the caffeine? Is decaffeinated coffee healthier? Can that daily cup of coffee (or two or three) really affect your digestion?
Coffee, whether it’s caffeinated or decaffeinated, does impact your body in some way. If you are a daily coffee drinker, you may dislike this post and I understand. I’m not a coffee drinker, however, I do love my cappuccino with raw natural sugar, which I drink once in a blue as a treat (and I experience only an increased level of energy nothing else). If you experience no issues from coffee and you have IBS- then that’s great news! This post is for those who are tracking down their triggers to heal from a torn GI tract. We may not all experience the same symptoms from the same items but overall, the Monash University and many specialists agree on this coffee research. Some studies show that coffee does not lead to indigestion and so it is paramount that you keep experimenting for yourself to see how your body reacts. Now, first and foremost, if you are following the low FODMAP diet, it is recommended that you drink at most – 2 small shot glasses worth of black coffee (no added milk/sugar). Some of the effects are subtle; others are not so subtle.
* Coffee may increase the acidity in your stomach. This condition can lead to heartburn, acid indigestion, and acid reflux, which are usually temporary, but can be painful. Because of its acidity, coffee can prevent the healing of an already damaged GI tract. Regular or decaffeinated makes no difference in this regard.
* Coffee sometimes gets in the way of the digestion process, allowing food to move into your small intestine before it’s completely digested. This can cause abdominal pain (in my opinion, this is the worst pain ever).
* The caffeine in coffee also is said to trigger insomnia, anxiety, and even an irregular heartbeat.  These reactions can affect your digestion by decreasing the amount of blood available. Since it’s caffeine that likely causes these conditions, drinking decaffeinated coffee may prevent the symptoms, but still contains ingredients that can cause IBS symptoms (if you drink over the allotted amount).
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The First Two Weeks ♡

I’m not a doctor but what I did to cure myself worked for me. I can only suggest that you try the same to see if it works for you too. I did it all without visits to medical specialists and nutritionists; and most importantly without medication. The only pill I took was a probiotic one and that is my kind of medicine (my gut also agrees). I thank God for His strength, for my friends, and my family for their support.

I’d like to share with you all about my first two weeks in the healing stage. I called it the bland/elimination diet. I had to completely eliminate all foods so that when I reintroduced them back into my diet, I’d know which caused the symptoms and which did not. Writing all of this in a diary was very helpful (I used my smartphone). I stayed hydrated and did not drink Kombucha until the second month of healing, but you can try it. I didn’t drink Kombucha because unfortunately, I didn’t know about it :). I remember eating an egg white omelet with spinach and onions. Lots of onions. Now at the time I didn’t know much about gassy foods and the doctors didn’t have time to go into detail about what to avoid and what to include in my diet. I was alone in this mess. So, after I ate the omlet, I experienced those terrible symptoms. I wrote down what I ate and knew that I shouldn’t have incorporated two ingredients into my omelet at the same time because I didn’t know which one caused the symptoms. I waited for lunch so that I could make the omlet again but with spinach only. I experienced no symptoms. I knew it had to be the onions. And good riddens it was. So with that, I went to my list on my phone and wrote, “No Onions!”I did this for two weeks with the same kinds of food. I did this because I knew my gut needed to heal very fast. It needed a break from everything. Slowly introducing foods that do not cause symptoms, allows the gut to heal itself. Some people would say things like, “What you’re eating is terrible!” “Are you even enjoying yourself?” I finally realized that of course I wasn’t enjoying the food I was eating but guess who was? My gut. So if she is happy, my whole being is happy. On top of the bland diet and probiotics, meditation and exercise also played a major part of my routine.

Accepting IBS and making it my friend for the time being was key to curing myself. I truly thank God for IBS, because I have learned so much. I am a completely new person. Really. I mean, I now have scoby’s chilling in fermented tea in my closet for heavens sake! 🙂 I’ve learned a lot and honestly creating this profile to help all of you is the most important reason why I’m so thankful for IBS. ♡

Below is my boring, yet life-changing, routine in regards to the food I consumed:

Breakfast: orginial oatmeal (no sugar/not even cinnamon at the time (which is really great for you)), and a banana. 1 boiled egg (egg white only). PS- I know the picture on my instagram page says no raw fruit but I never had an issue with that. Again, everyone’s body is different and you have to go through this process of elimination to figure what’s triggering your symptoms.

Snack- 8 oz of homemade bone broth, room temperature. Blueberries on the side and baked homemade zucchini chips. No salt or spices.

Lunch and dinner I’d would eat plain white rice. No salt or spices. With grilled/baked/or broiled fish or chicken. Or spinach salad only with fish or chicken.

Snacks – a rice cake with almond butter( never had an issue with that) I did stay away from raw nuts though, as they are hard to digest. Again, try it and if it doesn’t work, there are other bland and nutritious snacks out there. 🙂

☆☆☆I have a couple of posts about water on my instagram page. Please read them. It talks about when to drink and when not to drink water.☆☆☆ ibs_healing

☆☆☆Stress- If you maintain those high stress levels then everything above will not work. If you have a negative mind set, none of this will work. You have to meditate in the meantime. It’s the only way to learn to accept what you’re going through and tackle it with positivity. Remember, we can’t avoid pain and stress, but we can transform our response to it. Many blessings.♡♡


Meditation is Key!

Meditation is everything. It’s the root cause to my IBS free life. I am happier, sharper, calmer, and more intuitive. Meditation really puts me in a childlike state, where I am worry free 90% of the time (and that percentage used to be 10%). Focusing on all the good in my life as opposed to everything that is wrong, minimized my stress levels and in time alleviated those horrible IBS symptoms. Eventually that led to a happier me; a person who began to see the beauty in the world and aspired for change. Continued meditation, a healthy lifestyle, and my persistent personality cured me. I was in such a happy state that I didn’t even realize my IBS was gone. One night my mother asked me how I was feeling and then said she’s hurting because of what I’m going through. It wasn’t until that moment that I thought to myself, “Hmm. Symptoms? I actually haven’t had any symptoms!” When I spoke those words, my mother was in shock and so was I. Before long, it was finalized that I no longer had the “incurable” syndrome – IBS. So, my advice? Very simple; yet many (like me prior) find it very hard to do. Just live a simple life. Love others. Love yourself. Be happy. Take time for yourself. Leave work at work. Accept all that’s wrong. Embrace your illness. Pray. Meditate. Be. ♡IBSFREE♡