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Gwen Lynn
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Okay, if this is TMI, I'm sorry...but...my curiosity has the better of me. I was watching this sit-com and they were joking about how coffee affects intestinal motility in a speedy way. Maybe everyone knows this & I'm just late in finding out, I dunno!

I don't drink coffee everyday, year round. In fact, I totally lose my taste for it as soon as the weather starts to warm. Well, I've been feeling a little bit...er....um...blocked up lately. Soooo I made a little coffee today (hadn't drank any in weeks) and the coffee worked great!

I was just curious if anyone else has ever noticed this about coffee. I suppose if you drink it every day, you are either really "regular" or it doesn't work as well, once your body is used to it. It sure worked for me!!
 
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Yup, it's so true! Coffee is a bitter and as such stimulates digestion. A cup of coffee before a meal can help those who need to eat more, have more appetite. After a meal, it can help get the digestion going. I know some people who have such a major digestive reaction to coffee that they can't have more than a cup or two, otherwise...there's problems.

It's not the caffeine, it's that it is a bitter. I think most folks who drink coffee have a daily habit so they might not notice the correlation.

I no longer drink coffee because the caffeine gets to be too much for me. Instead, I drink tea and use flax seed meal.  There's a great, organic cold pressed flax seed meal available from Costco here in Washington.
 
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Thanks for the info confirmation! That is interesting about coffee being a bitter, I'd never heard that before. I will keep the flax seed in mind. We don't have a Costco nearby, but I know of a healthfood store where I can get flaxseed oil. I've cut caffeine out of my diet mostly. I have (menopausal related) sleep problems, but they seem to happen whether or not I've had caffeine. I still need to try the passionflower, just haven't gotten to that part of town lately.
 
Leah Sattler
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
some people who have such a major digestive reaction to coffee that they can't have more than a cup or two, otherwise...there's problems.




thats me! a few extra cups will totally clean me out often!times sorry. TMI for sure I think I would rather die then give up my two cups in the morning. I'm mean before the first cup and slightly more agreeable after the second
 
Gwen Lynn
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So it even affects someone with a regular coffee habit that way. I'm sure glad it works for me! I was getting kinda desperate yesterday! 
 
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Like tobacco smoke, there was a time that coffee was very widely used...how to put this delicately?..from the other end.

In both cases, either way works.
 
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Caffeine is a diuretic.  It will make you #1.  As a stimulant, I'm sure it helps with #2, but I have no documentation to back that up.  It works for me all around.

 
Emerson White
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I think that an effect called Confirmation Bias might be playing a part in this experience.

[size=5pt][font=Verdana]Edit: rewrote more diplomatically[/font][/size]
 
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My first post here...what a topic to pick.  Anyways I definitely notice coffee makes me need to go in a hurry, especially when I haven't eaten in a while.  As Joel also noted, tobacco can also cause a similar urge depending on the state of one's body.  This is just based on my personal experience - I've never bothered to read anything about this.  I have met other people who share the same reactions to both coffee and tobacco though.

I don't agree with Emerson's suggestion that this is a case of confirmation bias.
 
Daniel Zimmermann
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Most of my coffee consumption is in the morning, around the time of a meal.  So there may be no direct correlation between, er, events.
 
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