Does Coffee Make You Pee a Lot?

Coffee is one of the most popular consumed beverages in the world. According to the International Coffee Organization, it is estimated that Coffee is consumed by 64% of US adults. It is known for its energizing effects, which are largely due to its caffeine content. In addition to providing a boost of energy, coffee has been shown to improve physical performance, especially during endurance activities. Some research suggests that the polyphenols in coffee may also have weight loss benefits. However, one of the disadvantages of having in a large amount of coffee is that it makes you pee a lot[1].

Two Reasons why Coffee make you pee a lot

1. Coffee is a diuretic

Caffeine has diuretic properties, which means that it can stimulate the kidneys and increase the production of urine and cause you to urinate more frequently. This can lead to a loss of water and salt from your body, which can affect your body’s natural fluid balance. The recommended daily limit for caffeine is 400 milligrams, which is approximately the amount found in four cups of brewed coffee. It’s important to stay hydrated and drink water regularly, especially if you are consuming caffeine, to help maintain proper fluid balance in the body.

2. Coffee Stimulate Detrusor Muscle[2]

Caffeine in coffee can increase the frequency of urination due to its effects on the detrusor muscle, a smooth muscle in the wall of the bladder. When caffeine stimulates the detrusor muscle, it can cause the bladder to contract and expel urine more quickly. Additionally, the brain is already aware of the presence of liquid in the bladder, and the added stimulation from caffeine can further increase the urge to urinate. As a result, you may feel the need to use the bathroom soon after consuming coffee.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3036994/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25323389/#:~:text=Caffeine may promote incontinence through,of the bladder smooth muscle.
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