Tips from Gastroenterology Experts: Coffee

Tips from Gastroenterology Experts: Coffee

Tips from Gastroenterology Experts: Coffee

We all have a routine. For some of us, it’s a daily routine, a regular and precise game-plan that dictates every step, every break, and, sometimes, even every thought. For others, routine is a much smaller part of life; it’s in wetting the toothbrush before you put the toothpaste on, or drinking out of that one mug, or sitting in a certain chair, or taking the same side-road to work everyday–the small stuff.

However, whether your routine is an everyday strategy or a by-the-minute thing, it’s likely that coffee is part of that routine one way or another. We often rely on coffee to wake us up and keep us alert throughout the day. But we know that too much of a good thing isn’t good at all–so what do Gastroenterology experts suggest?


It seems strange that anyone would do such intensive research on something as simple as coffee, but the truth is that coffee isn’t so simple, and it can have a big impact on the way your body works. Although studies haven’t yet identified all of the cause-and-effect relationships present in your morning mug, it still remains clear that coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, interacts with your body in strange–and not always good–ways. Some side-effects occur only after drinking coffee; others appear because the ingredients aggravate a preexisting issue. The trick is to pay attention to how coffee affects you. How does it make you feel? And, most importantly, what should you be looking for?

Coffee “Side-Effects”

So, what are the proven “side-effects” of coffee? Let our opens in a new windowGastroenterology experts explain!

  • Intestines. Drinking a lot of coffee can have a surprising, and often dangerous, effect on your intestines. The ingredients in this beverage are especially acidic, and they can interact in very unwelcome ways with the lining of your stomach and intestines or even cause ulcers.
  • Laxative. The unfortunate truth is that coffee is a laxative. Drinking it in small amounts at irregular intervals will not cause problems, but if you make it a habit, you will likely begin to see the effects.
  • Stomach acidity. Coffee alters the levels of acidity in your stomach; we know that much for sure. However, coffee interacts differently with each person, and thus some individuals will experience heartburn from coffee while others won’t. The key is to pay attention–how does coffee affect you?

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