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Get Regular with a Cup of Coffee

Get Regular with a Cup of Coffee

Paris Hilton is a media-loving deb-celeb whose on air and real life antics might make you a touch, well, unsettled; she did launch her so-called career with an all-too-revealing video.

Interestingly, peris-talsis is the coordinated contraction and relaxation of intestinal muscles that leads to a bowel movement. And that can be launched by something far less provocative than Ms. Hilton: A cup of black, filtered coffee. Coffee brings on peristalsis for between 30 and 40 percent of the U.S. population. That’s right. Besides all the other good things coffee can do for you, such as keep your blood vessels flexible and lower your stroke risk by 30 percent, Joe’s laxative effect can keep you regular.

Seems coffee helps you process food and then helps move it through your intestines. First, coffee’s acidity can stimulate your stomach to produce more gastric acid, which helps break down proteins and aids digestion. Then it increases the amount of the hormones gastrin and cholecystokinin that your body produces. These two help with the whole digestive passage, including acting as stimulants of smooth muscle contraction (peristalsis).

So the next time you’re slow to go, pour yourself a cup of Joe. And don’t forget, for most healthy adults, two to three cups of brewed coffee a day deliver the benefits of caffeine (brain focus, muscle endurance and reduced inflammation) plus the heart-loving phenols (they’re in decaf too) that can; decrease your risk of nine cancers by more than 10% and help you dodge, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes.

Medically reviewed in June 2019.

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