Do Tea and Coffee mess up with the digestion process?

Do tea and coffee disrupt the digestion process

The process of digestion itself begins with your mouth ( when you eat your food ) & ends with your anus when you let the digested food out. I was wondering if Tea and Coffee mess up with the digestion process in general & so this article.

I was sitting in my office yesterday sipping on a hot cup of black coffee at about 11 AM. As soon I downed about half that cup, I started feeling a little light-headed. Now, light-headedness can be a classic symptom of dehydration or it could be the start of many unknown issues. Because I had worked out hard just a few hours earlier, I assumed it to be dehydration & downed a few glasses of water.

The light-headedness subsided in due course, but it definitely got me thinking. When I casually discussed this with a couple of colleagues, they mentioned that Tea and Coffee mess up with the digestion process. I decided to do my own research, nevertheless.

The best point to start was to audit the number of cups of coffee or tea I consume in a day & co-relate it with the permissible limit for tea and coffee intake on a daily basis. According to the MayoClinic, Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks.

On a typical day, here’s the amount of caffeine I possibly consume & this could be off by a few 100 mg surely. In terms of the number of cups, this translates to about 8-9 cups for 290 mg of caffeine.

While it may still look within bounds, I do believe I can further reduce this intake ( Closing all intake is not an option though, For the love of coffee and tea), the primary reason being, Caffeine does do some harm to the entire digestion process in general. It makes your system acidic & forces food prematurely out of the system. Turns out, this is the reason why you feel a strong urge to poop when you have that strong dose of caffeine.

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  1. This is a good introduction to an important topic. I have just written an article about the relationship between coffee and digestion and I wondered if you would like to share it with your readers? Thanks


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