More than half of the American population consume coffee on daily basis. This energy-producing drink gives people fuel for the day and often increases productivity. Despite the overwhelming popularity of coffee, research shows that it can trigger digestive disorders.
If you’re like most Americans who drink coffee, you’ll find this information quite helpful. Let’s take a look at the connections between coffee and your gut health.
You can find a cup of coffee at any restaurant, hotel, and even convenience store today. The average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee per day. Over time, that leads to various effects on the body. Most of these effects include digestive issues such as leaky gut or ulcers.
Some research studies found that coffee can trigger autoimmune diseases such as Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Other people may experience gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) from consuming coffee. These issues don’t result from a simple cup of coffee. There are other factors to think about.
Many people love drinking coffee but often feel digestive discomfort after they consume it. This issue has a lot to do with the coffee itself. Coffee contains acids which can upset the lining of your intestines. This is especially true if your lining is already inflamed by other factors.
People who have intestinal inflammation often have pain and discomfort when drinking coffee. Coffee can irritate the intestinal lining, especially if you already have joint pain or autoimmune disorders.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re purchasing coffee. Different types of coffee grow in various regions of the world. Some farmers grow their beans organically (free of pesticides) while others expose their beans directly or indirectly to pesticides. Drinking organically sourced coffee is a better way to go.
If you’re like most coffee drinkers, you probably put cream or sugar in your coffee. Have you ever stopped to think whether the products you are putting into your coffee are free of preservatives? Sugar and dairy are both known triggers for gut inflammation, especially if they’re artificial forms or full of added hormones.
Coffee cups from most coffee houses contain a plastic coating from GMO sources. Even trace amounts can alter your digestive system. Try bringing your own glass or BPA free cup to the coffee house instead.
If you drink coffee and struggle with insomnia, think about the quantity you’re drinking. Coffee contains caffeine which can disrupt your nervous system and cause insomnia. A lack of sleep can lead to various health issues including digestive illness. If you’re going to drink coffee, limit yourself to one cup in the morning.
If you already have digestive problems, it’s best to avoid coffee. People who deal with ulcers, GERD, or thyroid disease should seek out other options. Also, if you struggle with gut inflammation or joint pain, you should avoid coffee. A functional medicine doctor can put together a plan for you to recover from the effects of coffee. They’ll also make a holistic health plan for you.
Many people love the taste of coffee but their digestive system can’t handle the acidity. If you’re one of those people, try switching to green tea or nutrient-rich bone broths. Green teas will still give you a small amount of caffeine without the side effects of coffee.
If you’re interested in learning more about your gut health, contact the team at The Gut Authority today. We use functional medicine to help you recover from digestive illness and achieve health and wellness. Give us a call today.