Caffeine for many people is a must in the early mornings, giving them the drive and energy with which to start their day. But is this effect worth consuming caffeine? By drinking coffee in the morning, are you falling into a trap that will spring shut later in the day, at possibly a very inconvenient time? Here’s some food for thought.
1. Does caffeine make me dehydrated?
Caffeine as the cause of dehydration is a myth. Yes, it is a potent diuretic, which would lead one to this assumption. But studies have shown that only when consumed in very large quantities will this occur. Caffeine causes you to urinate, but the fluids gained from it are generally enough to replace those lost, creating a negligible net loss. So the casual 1-2 cups of coffee will not cause this.
2. Does caffeine cause diarrhoea?
It is a fact that consumption of coffee stimulates movement of the colonic muscles, causing peristalsis (the coordinated contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that causes bowel movements). Therefore, an over consumption of coffee would naturally lead to an increase in bowel movements. So yes, too much coffee can lead to diarrhea.
3. Does caffeine cause constipation?
Yes, caffeine can cause constipation, but it can also relieve, worsen, and prevent it. Caffeine causes the colon to absorb water through it’s slight diuretic properties, which results in a drier, harder stool than normal. This in turn is responsible for constipation. Essentially, the way the body reacts to caffeine will differ from person to person. Whereas, some will find it as a cause of constipation, in others it will be an aid to proper bowel movement.