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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