Dr Oz: What Is Coffee Gut?
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Whether it’s an everyday habit or an occasional treat, Dr Oz was curious to find out if that cup of joe could be the reason for your digestive issues. Could you have coffee gut? It’s quite possible that hot cup of coffee could be culprit behind your heartburn, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
Surgeon Dr James Rosser joined Dr Oz, and said he’s seen a lot more patients with digestive issues, and coffee consumption has continued to go up. He can’t say specifically that coffee was the reason for their symptoms, but there’s a good chance it at least had something to do with it. He also acknowledged that most of us don’t want to just give up our brew, so he wanted to get to the bottom of the issue to find out what was really going on.
Dr Oz: Heartburn From Coffee
When you drink a cup of coffee, it goes into the stomach, which could start a chain reaction with uncomfortable symptoms. There’s a muscle that keeps food that goes into the stomach, from going back up. When coffee mixes with the food in your stomach, it could relax that muscle which causes the burning sensation in your chest and throat. When coffee stays in the stomach, you could still get a stomachache. Coffee is acidic, which means it affects the lining of your stomach. If you have an ulcer in your stomach and then you drink coffee, the ulcer can get bigger causing your even more pain and possibly even bleeding.
Dr Robynne Chutkan, author of “The Bloat Cure” explained the coffee gut-bloat connection. Because caffeine has diuretic properties that help you get rid of excess salt and water through the kidneys, many would think it would help with your bloating. But caffeine can contribute to bloating because it can lead to dehydration, slowing down food through the intestines, leading to bloating. Plus, coffee can over-stimulate your digestive system, leading to bloat-causing spasms.
Dr Oz: Coffee & Trips To The Bathroom
For most people, coffee helps them go to the bathroom, but it’s actually not uncommon for coffee to cause constipation. After the first or second cup of coffee, you’re likely to experience the need to go, But after the fifth, sixth, or so on, constipation could kick in. If you’re dehydrated because of the coffee, you could experience constipation.
Dr Oz: Tricks To Avoid Heartburn From Coffee
Thankfully, Dr Oz and Dr Rosser had a few tips and tricks for enjoying your coffee without the uncomfortable symptoms. Dr Rosser first suggested you switch to non-dairy alternatives to milk. Dr Rosser loves macadamia nut milk, which is lower in calories and carbs, and free of lactose. It also tastes good! Dr Oz likes to use unsweetened coconut milk, because you can use it just like you would dairy, without the side effects.
Instead of sugar, Dr Rosser suggested viewers try adding a pinch of salt to their coffee. It’s important to know that a pinch means a small amount. Salt can change the flavor of the coffee just a little bit, allowing you to use less creamer and sugar. Now, you can enjoy your coffee without the heartburn and uncomfortable symptoms!
Dr Oz: What Makes Heartburn Worse?
Speaking of heartburn, because 60 million people have it, Dr Rosser wanted to share a few facts. First, nighttime heartburn can be worse for you. If you have acid that comes up from the stomach and then into the mouth, it can then be breathed into the lungs which then spreads, potentially developing into pneumonia.
Next, your body shape does play a role in heartburn. Losing just 10-15 pounds can improve heartburn symptoms because if you’re an apple body shape, that extra weight on the stomach and push stomach back up. That same idea goes for women who wear shape wear, because of the pressure it puts on your stomach.