Wake up and smell the colon! We all know coffee ☕️ helps us poop, but we still don't know exactly why. A 1990 study published in gastroenterology journal Gut (yes, our new favorite mag!) showed that coffee produced a "gastrocolonic response" -- aka 💩 -- in some people. However, we still don't know what exactly in coffee is sending us running for the bathroom 🚽. Could it be: 1. Caffeine (unclear because decaf can also get your bowels moving) or 2. Gastrin? Coffee stimulates the release of this stomach hormone, which tells you when you're hungry and also gets those bowels going, or 3. Something else? Coffee acts on the stomach lining and small intestine. We don't know for sure, all we do know is, we sure do like our morning coffee and poop! P.S. You'll find that colon mug at our print-on-demand shop and that cuddly colon plush here.
Should I stay or should I go? Don't intestine your luck and just go already! Holding your poop is never ever a good idea. When you don't unleash the feces, poop can reabsorb into your body and this leads to stool hardening, constipation and possibly hemorrhoids. Our happy stuffed intestine plush will help remind you to grab life by the toilet seat and just go already. So if you gotta go, go now.