Coffee And Probiotics – Is It Bad or Good For Your Gut?

Coffee and Probiotics may make you poop and they both may have effects on your anxiety.

This Coffee and Probiotics guide will take a deeper look at explain why they share some similar effects and if they are in fact the same thing.

This guide will also share some of the benefits that coffee may have on your gut health.

Is Coffee A Probiotic?


In its natural form, Coffee is NOT a probiotic and has no probiotic bacteria. Ordering a Vendi, Bendi, Wendi, Jendi frappe from Starbucks isn't going to give you your daily dose of probiotic bacteria.

Some companies have tried to make coffee probiotics a thing recently. GutPowerDrinks created a Colombian flavored coffee drink that claims to have Prebiotic Fiber from SunFiber and probiotic bacteria from the strain Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086®.

There was some buzz in 2021 from the National University Of Singapore about Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®) being able to survive in hot water but I am yet to see it included in any coffee brands.

Does Hot Water In Coffee Kill Probiotics?


For the most part, hot water in Coffee will kill probiotic bacteria fairly easily. I say mostly because there are a limited number of probiotic strains that have been developed to survive high heat and harsh conditions. Bacillus Coagulans is one of them. I wrote a longer piece about whether or not Probiotics can survive in hot boiling tea here.

Should I take Probiotics Before My Morning Coffee?


This question depends on wether or not the probiotic supplement you are taking has a capsule that is resistant to stomach acid or has some delay-release technology. I take FlowFlora which is matrek-bi-pass technology since Coffee can produce a lot of stomach acid rapidly.

Regardless just to be 100% sure, I always take my probiotic capsules first thing in the morning on an empty stomach 1-hour before my cup of hot coffee or tea. If I am running late for something, I may try to let my cup of coffee cool down to room temperature.

Always take probiotic's in the morning when your stomach acidity levels are at their lowest!

Tea and Coffee also has Tannins which may inhibit the absorption of Iron. There have been no clinical studies on Tannins effect on probiotic bacteria. I couldn't find any studies on what caffeine does to probiotic bacteria.

Is Coffee Bad For Your Gut Bacteria?

With more studies coming out every year on the microbiome it seems like there is an endless list of food and drinks that can kill of good bacteria in the gut and cause inflammation.

  • Fried Foods
  • Sugar Foods
  • Processed Foods
  • Gluten
  • Lectins
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • GMO-Foods

You may have noticed that I did not include coffee in this list. I read up on all of the studies for coffee and gut health and was pleasantly surprised. It's claimed that coffee may actually improve gut health. 

Coffee may produce an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and anti-inflammatory bacteria like Faecalibacterium and Roseburia may be boosted. It may also lower levels Erysipelatoclostridium which is a bad bacteria. More clinical human studies for caffeine & gut health are needed.

Do Coffee and Probiotics Make You Poop?

There are no clinical studies that show Coffee Beans and Probiotic Bacteria having anything fundamentally in common and they are not the same thing. While they can both make you Poop, they do so in very different ways.

Coffee & Probiotics Can Make You Poop For Different Reasons.

Coffee and Probiotics may make you poop but for different reasons. According this study, Coffee can stimulate the release of gastro-oesophageal reflux, dyspepsia, gallbladder contraction and colonic motor activity which is what makes you poop.

While Coffee may work in a similar way to Laxatives in quite a fast manner, this study says probiotics may regulate bowel movements your microbiome by enhancing your microbiome. Sometimes this make take a long time unlike Coffee which can work within hours.

Coffee & Probiotics Effects On Anxiety


Coffee and Caffeine may make Anxiety worse because it's a Psychostimulant drug that effects the brain, central nervous system, cortisol and more. There have been some good studies testing Caffeine on those with Anxiety Disorders.

This study took 31 participants with varying anxiety related disorders and in a randomized placebo trial half were given a placebo decaf and the other group were given 480-mg of real caffeine.

The study quite clearly showed that caffeine induced a number of panic attacks in those with anxiety disorders. On the flip-side I have shared information on probiotic strains that have may help those with anxiety due to the gut and brain connection.

Closing Thoughts: Be Careful

This video from Luke Coutinho has some good info on coffee and gut health.

There aren't enough studies on caffeine consumption and gut health. We do know that caffeine and probiotics are not the same thing but we don't the long term effects on gut health.

Studies do confirm that hot water can kill good probiotic bacteria before they pass through the digestive system but there are no studies on what happens when caffeine interacts with probiotic bacteria directly.

My advice would be to just be careful and take your probiotic supplement before drinking your cup of coffee. Try to give your digestive tract some time to pass through the probiotic capsules passed your stomach.

If you have IBS, IBD, Chron's, Acid Reflux, Diverticulitis or any other digestive related issue then you may want to avoid caffeine. The main problem with Coffee is with acid production. 

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