We usually start our day with a cup of coffee next to breakfast to help focus in the work and its aromatic smell helps to gain more focus, but sometimes after drinking it we suffer throughout the day from a stomach upset with a feeling of bloating and discomfort, and the caffeine addiction found in Coffee makes it difficult when trying to stop drinking, causing permanent headaches, so we have to stop it gradually and not at once, so it must be noted about the damages of coffee and its special effect on the digestive system and the intestine.
1- It increases acidity
Coffee contains different types of oils, acids, and compounds such as caffeine that harm the stomach and intestines by irritating the stomach lining, meaning that when drinking coffee the stomach produces large amounts of hydrochloric acid, doing so for a long time reduces the body’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid, which causes stomach ulcers. And permanent bloating due to the activity of intestinal bacteria.
2- Feeling of a burning sensation in the stomach
Coffee causes a burning sensation due to acid reflux by relaxing the esophageal sphincter muscle. It is also known that caffeine has an effect on these muscles, but this problem occurs even with decaffeinated coffee.
3- It increases stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome
Coffee is naturally an irritant for patients with IBS, gastritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and ulcers and most doctors recommend avoiding them. This is due to the acidic help of coffee that provides the right conditions for the emergence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach lining, the problem is not the caffeine! The problem is in some of the enzymes produced by the coffee beans themselves.
4- Use as a laxative
Some people deliberately use coffee as a laxative, stimulating the stomach to empty food before it has the ability to properly digest. Acidic stomach contents are thrown into the small intestine early and can cause injury or inflammation where most nutrients are absorbed. Undigested food, flatulence problems.
5- Use it as a diuretic
The caffeine in coffee is a strong diuretic in the human body, and in the case of excessive doses, the kidneys become confused, leading to a frequent need to urinate, loss of minerals and important nutrients, and dehydration.
Dehydration may lead to weight gain and the appearance of belly fat, and we always confuse signs of feeling hungry or feeling thirsty, so we go to the first while the body badly needs the second.
6- It affects the absorption of minerals
Drinking a lot of coffee reduces the total retention of magnesium, calcium, zinc and other important minerals that the body needs, and also reduces the absorption of iron in the stomach, especially if you eat it with your main meal. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating the conversion of our bodies food into energy, and the symptoms of fatigue, decrease Energy, muscle tension, headache, anxiety, irritability, and inability to sleep are all linked to magnesium deficiency.
Also, osteoporosis appears due to a lack of calcium, and cracks appear due to a lack of zinc, and anemia or anemia appears due to a lack of iron in the body and
7- It increases stress levels
Coffee raises the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which increases heart rate and blood pressure, this increase in stress hormones prevents and reduces the digestive process, especially in the stomach and starts symptoms of indigestion, flatulence problems. Unfortunately, caffeine interferes with the neurotransmitter GABA to provide the effect. Soothing on both the brain and digestive system, which increases the feeling of stress