That’s a great question. So why does coffee make you poop, literally minutes after you sit down and start drinking your morning cup of Joe. Obviously, it is strictly due to physiological processes working together in the body. We’ll dive more into that in a moment.
Why Does Coffee Make You Poop On A Regular Basis
If you’re one of the lucky few – the 3 out of 10 people whom when they drink coffee it makes you poop, due to the laxative effect it has on your digestive system.
Does this have anything to do with the caffeine in coffee? No. The same thing can happen when drinking decaf coffee as well. Also, if it were strictly related to caffeine, then those who drink soda or other caffeine containing beverages, would cause them to poop, but they don’t.
So, what’s the deal with coffee?
The acidic nature of coffee has an effect on your stomach, where it causes it to secrete more gastric acid (gastric acid consists of Sodium Chloride, Hydrochloric Acid, and Potassium Chloride). This is responsible for normal digestion.
Good so far?
Coffee has chlorogenic acid within it, which makes your stomach increase it’s levels of stomach acid. When this happens it causes your stomach to almost immediately dump more content quickly into the intestines. This action is possibly one of the reasons why coffee makes you poop.
Upon ingestion, coffee effects the movement of the large intestine in approximately 4:00 minutes.
So, there are 1,000 compounds in coffee and scientists believe that 1 of these causes coffee to make you poop. But, they’re not sure which one is responsible for it.
What they do know is what this 1 compound is doing inside your intestines.
Your body produces the following hormones to help with digestion.
Consumption of regular or decaf coffee increases the levels of these hormones in the digestive system, thus enhancing their normal effects.
Gastrin is released to help get the colon up and running at full speed. In order to make that happen Gastrin stimulates a process called peristalsis.
Peristalsis is the relaxation and contraction of muscles, which is done in waves to help move the poop out of your colon and into the toilet.
Cholecystokinin releases digestive enzymes and bile to help regulate the pooping process.
So, there you have it. On why does coffee make you poop. Sort of.
Here is the YouTube video from Reactions on why does coffee make you poop.