Why does caffeine have a laxative effect?

Why does caffeine have a laxative effect?

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  1. The caffeine among other xanthines in it cause the bile duct to open and release bile from the liver.
    From the information on coffee at the Gerson Institute:
    “In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow. Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee administered rectally also stimulates…”

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  2. The short answer: It doesn’t.
    The longer version: People confuse the gastrocolic reflex with laxative properties. Coffee (not caffeine, one of the other compounds in coffee) prompts the body to kick off a chain peristaltic reaction. In short, your intestines, small and large, want to empty themselves.
    A laxative, it’s not. In fact, it’s a mild diuretic so if anything would make elimination more difficult if it was a basic chemical reaction. Your body has a physiological reaction to the intake of any food or beverage. That’s what is referred to as the gastrocolic reflex. Peristaltic action moves food through the alimentary system and thence towards the bowels and elimination, so consuming anything will trigger the gastrocolic reflex to one degree or another.
    Coffee merely causes this gastrocolic reflex to kick in rather quickly, sometimes within minutes of your first sip of coffee.

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  3. Anything that stimulates the colon, making it contract more vigorously, produces laxative effect. It can be excersise, senna, castor oil, etc.
    This is because the poop moves through colon quicker, and thus less water is absorbed.
    Things that relax the colon have the opposite effect. Opioids, lack of movement lead to constipation, because the poop moves too slowly, too much water is absorbed, it becomes too firm, and it is too hard for the body to push it out.

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  4. Coffee, both decaffeinated and caffeinated, both relaxes and stimulates the colon, leading to a bowel movement. Coffee stimulates peristalsis, which is the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the intestines or other bodily canal. This pretty much pushes any feces present in the intestines and anal canal out and onward into the toilet. In the same vein, coffee may produce loose stools/diarrhea, similar to other laxative substances.

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  5. Coffee is considered a laxative because it helps you poop, Other caffeinated beverages don’t really have the same effect.
    We’re actually not even sure which compound or set of compounds give coffee that effect as it isn’t present with other caffeinated drinks but it’s a pretty well documented fact that coffee does help get things moving.

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  6. And caffeine within coffee can act as a stimulant, which might induce bile production that increases bowel movements. The IFFGD also indicates that some artificial sweeteners, and lactose, may have a laxative effect . Lactose is a type of sugar found in dairy products. … Artificial sweeteners also can cause diarrhea.

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