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How might caffeine affect digestive problems?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Caffeine is a stimulant of the Mind/Brain-Gut Connection (the connection between the central nervous system or CNS, and the enteric nervous system or ENS) that can contribute to abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Furthermore, caffeine can aggravate anxiety, which in turn can contribute to digestive tract symptoms in a vicious cycle.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome & the MindBodySpirit Connection: 7 Steps for Living a Healthy Life with a Functional Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Disease, or Colitis (Mind-Body-Spirit Connection Series.)

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