Coffee is a popular drink that most people consume for the caffeine it provides. A single cup of coffee can provide up to 95 mg of caffeine! It is known for that little extra boost it gives us in the morning when we are having trouble getting out of bed.
Although caffeine is known for getting you ready for the day, it is also capable of activating contractions in the colon and intestinal muscles. Research shows that caffeine makes the colon 60% more active. An active colon pushes contents towards the rectum, which is the final section of your digestive tract. Some studies have seen decaf coffee helping in the same way.
Although decaf coffee does not have caffeine, other compounds in the coffee can help in this type of assistance as well such as chlorogenic acids and N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamine.
Secret: Coffee can also stimulate hormones that help push food out of the gut. One of these hormones is gastrin.