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A small study in 1990 found that 29% of people reported that they poop after drinking coffee, and people who reported this also had increased movement in the distal colon (the last part of the colon) for at least 30 minutes after they drank coffee. So for some people, coffee makes things ~move along~ more quickly. "Basically coffee stimulates the contractions of the stomach and intestinal tract, and it stimulates bile excretion, which itself is a propellent of food particles because the intestines know that when there is bile there is food," says Alden. "Coffee also helps to release gastrin, a hormone...

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