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Can Coffee Help Relieve Constipation?

Recently, I had been facing with constipation issues for the past few days. I remembered the last time I had this problem I had a cup of coffee and I managed to resolve the issue. So I tried it again today, and it really works! Happy Smiley This is the second time this has happened to my system and I am amused by it. I would like to declare that I am not a regular coffee drinker, but I do consume coffee whenever I need it; such as when I need to burn the midnight oil, may be now even constipation!

I did some research on the Web about my problem and found that there are mixed opinions on this issue. Some suggest that you should avoid liquids containing caffeine - i.e., coffee or cola drinks. Others also reported the same experience that I do.

There is definitely a contradiction in suggestions from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) and the reports of Health effects of coffee on Wikipedia. So what is happening to my system? Why some others and me have these experiences, while some professional institution suggest differently? I would like to hear your views about this matter, and experiences you have with constipation and coffee, and if you are of a medical profession, I also would like to hear your input on this matter. Very Happy Smiley

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It may be that the coffee is a hot drink. My doctor explained that warm or hot drinks can cause the result you had. You might try a hot de-caffinated coffee or tea and see if that works just as well.
Carver    Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:47:41 +0800
Hi Carver, that's a good thought. I will try it the next time I face with constipation again, and update here what I've found. Happy Smiley
Alexander    Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:32:46 +0800
Am trying coffe after it was suggested by local nurse as my whole system for food and constipation a mess.
Sue    Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:43:10 +0800
Hi Sue, it is nice to hear that your local nurse also suggested coffee. Sounds to me that not only I had experienced positive effects from coffee, but others as well. Thanks for sharing. Very Happy Smiley
Alexander    Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:28:33 +0800
This is truly funny ... I was having bowel movements maybe once a week ... then, I began drinking coffee ... 1 x 20oz cup a day ... and now my system moves about every other day ... then, the assistant nurse in my doctor's office tells me that coffee is used to stop diarrhea ... MY CONCLUSION - Coffee ends constipation and promotes regularity.
Timothy    Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:59:35 +0800
I've struggled with constant constipation for 3 months now and all I want is for it to stop, I don't care what I do. I don't know if coffee and soda is good or not, all I know is I use to drink it all the time, then I stopped, THEN I got constipated...I'm going to start drinking coffee again...
zina    Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:45:43 +0800
im not an aavid coffee drinker at all,in fact I hate the taste of it but, when I get irregular ,I drink a cup full n I go with ease !!!! coffee is my life saver at times !!!
sue    Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:19:56 +0800
Whenever I have constipation only white coffee works on me. I wonder why not just normal coffee.
jamie    Sat, 18 May 2013 03:30:46 +0800
i am 60 years old and have suffered with constipation the majority of my life...this past month i have drank about a cup or 2 a day, mainly because i was out of sodas, and there was nothing else to drink, and for the first time in my life have been regular, so i guess i'll be a regular coffee drinker now!
olive shouse    Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:00:20 +0800
i'm in my late 40's and i've been having constipation most of my life. In the recent year i've been drinking coffee first thing in the morning (not early, around 9 or 10am), and it usually relieves constipation. i feel i almost have to rely on coffee to be normal in this regard.
celia    Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:09:00 +0800
I drink decaffeinated coffee. If I drink regular coffee or any soda after 9am I will be up all night. So late at night when I'm constipated I drink a cup of decaffeinated coffee and it works. And I rarely ever drink anything hot I have to wait til it cools down.
Samantha    Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:34:12 +0800
Daily, I would poop at least once. But when I started working at Starbucks and drinking more and more coffee, I stared pooping at least three times a day (which is the desired amount apparently). I really, truly believe coffee helps with your digestion.
Alicia McCutcheon    Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:51:32 +0800
I take medications for back pain and they contipate me terrible . Any one think coffee will help
medicated    Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:06:50 +0800
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