Why does the coffee-cigarette make you want to poop?

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The 3 “c”. A number, a letter, and everything goes crazy. The nickname given to this well-known phenomenon – a coffee plus a cigarette is equal to a poo – makes more than one smoker tremble.

It often appears in the morning, without warning, as soon as we take our first sip of coffee, cigarette in hand for smokers. Or, even worse, after lunch break, when we are surrounded by our co-workers and our only outlet seems to be the office washroom, right next to the meeting room.

For others, whose transit is somewhat difficult, this phenomenon is sometimes welcome. It is greeted as a shortcut to a lighter world away from constipation and bloating.

Those who have experienced this phenomenon can only remember it. How to explain it? Is it because of the caffeine, often singled out as the sole culprit? Why does the coffee-cigarette mix lead to poo?

Caffeine deemed innocent

If smokers are used to the fact, non-smokers who consume caffeine are no strangers to it. The desire to go on the throne is well and truly felt after a simple coffee in many people, and this, whether you accompany it with a dry or not.

In the face of this phenomenon, however, we do not all seem equal. A small study of ninety-nine coffee drinkers showed that only 29% of people rushed to the toilet immediately after having ingested this drink. Women would even be twice as affected by this desire. But the results of this study should be taken with a grain of salt, given the small size of the sample studied.

Coffee still seems to be really at the heart of the problem. Would we break the chain of this phenomenon by turning to decaffeinated instead? Caffeine, although regularly referred to as being a vector of a fluidized transit, is in fact nothing in this story, according to an American study, conducted by the University of Texas and presented at the 2019 edition of Digestive Disease Week.

As is often the case, rodents have paid the price for the most existential questions of humans. The scientists of the American study in fact divided several rats into three groups before administering them three distinct mixtures: one was fed a coffee-based solution mixed with intestinal bacteria; the other of an identical solution but with decaffeinated coffee; and the third just hasn’t had any coffee.

As a result, all of the rats that ingested coffee, whether with or without caffeine, saw their small intestine and colon muscles contract in a similar fashion, which facilitated better passage of solid foods. This experiment therefore proved that the laxative effects are, at least in part, independent of caffeine, specifies Maxisciences.

Who should we throw stones at? Who is to blame for the number of times you have had to shave the walls in the direction of the toilet after a coffee? The culprit: a triple phenomenon, which is played directly in the bowels when this drink arrives.

When you drink coffee, it increases the production of stomach acid, especially chlorogenic acid, which has the power to dissolve food. Everything that you have just swallowed and that is in the stomach therefore does not last long, and is sent at high speed towards the intestines.

On the other hand, caffeine (which is therefore still a little complicit) increases the production of certain hormones, including gastrin and cholecystokinin, which facilitate digestion, adds scientific media.

And that’s not all: the tissue of the stomach and small intestine are also stimulated by coffee. All that good meal that you have just eaten before drinking the contents of your mug is thus seen to pass in priority mode towards the exit door. Without waiting, and sometimes even without warning.

Cigarettes, a combo of all risks

Let’s come back to the 3 cs theorem: a coffee plus a cigarette is equal to a poo. As we have seen, coffee puts a strain on our transit and sometimes pushes us to our limits, to have to manage an embarrassing situation when no WC is available nearby, for example. What about cigarettes?

Nicotine also has a say. Its responsibility is clear in the 3 “c” rule: it acts directly on the phenomenon known as peristalsis, that is to say the contraction of muscle tissue that allows food to be moved and broken down.

Smoking a cigarette therefore stimulates the contraction of the esophagus, the stomach, then the intestine, thus facilitating digestion, the extraction of stools and the way to the toilet. This is also why a person who quits smoking may experience constipation. His body got used to seeing his transit accelerated by the effect of smoking.

Obviously, speeding up transit is not the only effect on the body of smoking. To name but one, the digestive system can be seriously affected in the long term by stomach ulcers in particular, or, even worse, be exposed to cancer risks.

Coffee, on the other hand, would seem good to most people – if consumed in moderation, of course, what the New York Times puts between 3 and 5 cups maximum per day. For example, drinking about five cups of coffee daily, instead of none, is linked to a 30% decrease in the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis of thirty studies. On the other hand, drinking too much of it can lead to a state of intense stress and tension.

Back on topic. We can say that the coffee moves and the cigarette accelerates: it was necessary nonetheless to create there a mixture of all the dangers. As you will have understood, combining the two means multiplying the risks and the desire to take the throne, even among the most seasoned and used to the phenomenon. In short, where the 3 cs pass, everything dies.

Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.

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