If you often sip a cup of coffee right after meals, you might want to think again. Caffeine can hinder proper digestion, causing the stomach to produce too much acid; it also acts as a laxative. Furthermore, caffeine produces cortisol when it stimulates the nervous system. This fight-or-flight response hormone reduces blood flow to the intestines because its job is to focus the body on energy production. Cutting out caffeine will improve digestion and bowel movements and limit water retention.
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