I love coffee, and I drink a cup every day. Some believe it’s not good for you, but I’ve gotten so many benefits from it that I just knew this couldn’t possibly be true. I have a philosophy about the foods I eat. If I eat or drink something that I know is bad for me, I can never get a positive result from it. I decided since nobody had very convincing evidence about coffee, and I seemed to get positive results from drinking coffee every day, I was not quitting my morning coffee until I had some more evidence. So leave it to my minion microbes called Bacteroides, who ferment coffee fibers and grow like crazy, to show me the way. Together we want to explain a thing or two to you about how coffee works in the gut and the benefits you can reap.
Microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee
65 percent decreased Alzheimers risk
Fibers in coffee form a gel in the gut
I have found that drinking coffee makes me feel full and satisfied for hours. I never understood why this was until now. Researchers found that the (prebiotic) soluble fibers in coffee form a gel in the gut that makes you feel full and satisfied. It’s so important to have lots of fiber. You can’t digest it, but your bacteria can and it helps your good bacteria grow and flourish. Microbes in your gut, which are estimated at over 35,000 distinct species, are nothing less than superheroes. They aid in digestion, create a physical barrier against pathogens in your gut, and work like a detoxification machine by helping you eliminate toxins all day long.
Fun recipes using coffee
There are a lot of ways to enjoy coffee. We have some fun recipes using coffee in kombucha and water kefir and a few other recipes, too. If you like the taste of coffee, then you will love this Coffee Kombucha. Don’t worry if you don’t drink coffee, I have alternatives for you – Faux Coffees. We could never figure out why Coffee Kombucha was so bubbly and now I know it’s the fibers in coffee that make the bacteria minions grow like crazy, producing more carbonation. Coffee and microbes are great company and will strengthen your gut in ways you possibly never imagined.
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- Janet Raloff, “A Gut Feeling about Coffee,”ScienceNews, July 26,2007.
- M.H. Eskelinen et al.,”Midlife Coffee and Tea Drinking and the Risk of late -Life Dementia: A population- Based CAIDE Study,”J.Alzheimers Dis. 16,no.1 (2009): 85-91, doi:10.3233/JAD-2009-0920.
- M Jaquet et al., ” Impact of coffee Consumption on the Gut Microbiota: A Human Volunteer Stud, “J. Food Microbiol.130, no.2 (March 31, 2009) : 117-21, doi:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2009.01.011,Epub January 23, 2009.