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Why Coffee Makes You Have to Go to the Bathroom

Why Does Coffee Make You Have to "Go"?

Sipping on a hot cup of coffee in the morning is one of my simple pleasures. Not only does it offer some "me time," but I love the rich flavor, and the fact that it gives me an extra pep in my step. Millions of people drink coffee for the exact same reasons, but what they may not know is that drinking joe helps relieve muscle pain as well as improves memory and that it may help prevent skin cancer while also decreasing the risk of liver cancer.

These are all great reasons to enjoy a daily cup of java, but many people also love coffee because it makes them "go," and by that I mean more than an energy rush. Keep reading to see why a java jolt helps the final stages of the digestion process.

Coffee may help you "go" for several reasons.

  1. It's hot. Drinking warm liquids such as coffee or tea, especially in the morning, is often suggested to relieve constipation.
  2. It's a liquid. Although coffee was always thought to be dehydrating, this is not the case. Since getting enough fluids can help keep you regular, a cup of joe counts toward your daily fluid consumption.
  3. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the muscles in your digestive tract to contract, making you have to head to the loo, but too much coffee can have the opposite effect. That's because coffee is a diuretic, meaning it pulls liquid out of stools, making them harder, which makes "going" more of a challenge. If you're constipated, skip the coffee.

So there you have it. Do any of you drink coffee primarily to keep you regular?

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Jackiebrown1073 Jackiebrown1073 4 years
I have a real problem with constipation in fact I have an appointment to see a doctor about it. It might have something to do with me having sarcordosis. Anyway sometimes stool softeners and laxatives do not do their job for me, but if I have a cup of coffee I got to go LOL! Sometimes if I eat a lot of peppermint it has a simular effect on me.
lindabalac lindabalac 5 years
Sure do!!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ha, I always kind of wondered about that. I always figured it was mostly due to the caffeine in the coffee, but decaf has the same effect for me. I'm usually pretty regular, but the coffee does kind of help things out down there.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
I definetely drink coffee because of the taste (my favorite is illy espresso!). My mom, who hates coffee, always tells the rest of the family (who drink coffee) that coffee is a "borrowed drink." HAHAAH! It's funny because it's true!
amariexxo amariexxo 8 years
Wow. I definitely thought that there was just something wrong with my digestive system. I'm not sure whether that is a perk...or an annoyance. I usually drink coffee at school so getting the urge to "go" is very very unpleasant. I hate doing that in public places because it's sort of embarrassing...especially if you walk out of the stall and you know someone in the bathroom. =(
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
Oh, I thought you were going to explain why it makes one have to pee woops! :)
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Doesn't affect me in that all.
jgulli3 jgulli3 8 years
I drink coffee all the time and it doesn't make me go!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I'm embarrassed to say this ... but I totally drink coffee because it does help go .... It also helps when I'm pms-ing ... and have issues with my digestion. It helps settle my stomach if I've eaten anything that could cause an upset stomach.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
This is a reason that I sometimes shy away from coffee, especially if I'm going to be around a lot of people and don't want to step out for an emergency restroom break. It not only makes you go, it gives you an immediate urge to go. I hate that feeling.
livetolove livetolove 8 years
not gonna lie that's one of the reasons but not THE reason haha
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Haha Greenhighlight!! Perk. I agree completely!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I hate that! I don't even drink it anymore because it's uncomfortable. Especially if I'm drinking it at a coffee shop or in my car - ick!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
Nope! I love the taste and the smell and the boost. I won't complain about the laxative effect though!
greenhighlighter greenhighlighter 8 years
I've never been the most regular person, but I drink coffee mostly because it tastes good and it's a nice wake-up call. Its other effects are just a perk. No pun intended. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Partially. I am sensitive to coffee in that way, but I mainly drink it to wake myself up. I'm not a morning person, and coffee helps a lot.
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