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Does Coffee Upset the Stomach?

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ScienceAlert says Here’s why you need to poop after your morning cup of coffee

For many of us, nothing quite gets us going in the morning like a cup of coffee. And when I say gets us going, I mean both mentally and physically, because it’s no secret that for a lot of the population, coffee has an incredibly rapid laxative effect. So how exactly does a cup of coffee make you need to poop? In the latest episode of Reactions, a video series produced by the American Chemical Society, all is explained. And you’ll never enjoy your morning espresso in quite the same way again.

Related: Best Espresso Machines

But first off, we should explain that the coffee/poop question has both a long and a short answer. As the American Chemical Society explains in the video above, although scientists have long known that many people experience a laxative effect from coffee, and now understand the mechanism that triggers this, what’s less clear is why this happens.

Initially, researchers thought caffeine was to blame for all the bowel movements. But then they discovered that decaffeinated coffee has the same effect, while energy drinks and caffeinated soft drinks don’t, so they figured there had to be something else going on.

They now believe that one of these triggers could be the acidic nature of coffee, which causes our stomachs to secrete more gastric acid than usual. This boost in acidity can cause our stomachs to dump their contents more quickly into our intestines, which could help explain why coffee seems to speed the digestive process up so much.

Related: Make Espresso At Home

But coffee also has an impact on our large intestine itself. The drink has been shown to increase levels of two hormones in our bloodstream called gastrin and cholecystokinin, which help us clear waste from our bodies. Gastrin is in charge of peristalsis, which is the wave-like relaxation and contraction of muscles that pushes waste out, and cholecystokinin triggers the release of digestive enzymes and bile that regulate the pooping process.

But this is where scientists get a little fuzzy, because even though they understand this mechanism, they’re still not sure which of the nearly 1,000 compounds inside coffee is causing this effect.

Watch the video above to find out more about why coffee sends you running to the bathroom. And you know what’s really cool? If you’re reading this because you want to know why coffee goes right through you, then you’re in an elite group, because the beverage only has a laxative effect on around 3 out of 10 people according to the American Chemical Society. Aw guys… we’re special!

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December
2015
Time: 3:27

How I bought my pots and pans

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When I was looking for the best kitchen cookware for my needs, I started by doing an inventory of my present pots and pans to determine what I’m missing. After doing this, I discovered that I just needed to buy one or two pans and not a complete set. The next thing was to look for some information about the best cookware, and so I read good pots and pans reviews. The important thing about reading such reviews is that I can get trusted buying advice from people who have purchased and used these products.
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One of the recommendations I got was to buy nonstick pans because they will allow me to cook with less fat. These pans can also be easily cleaned and they deliver top performance. I also learnt that a cookware set doesn’t have to be expensive for it to be the best. Also, just because a chef on a cooking show recommends a product doesn’t mean that it is the best. That’s because some of these chefs are being paid to endorse some products that may not be up to standard.

Perhaps the best piece of advice I got was to consider what I liked cooking because that will determine the best materials for my pots and pans. Since I like frying meat, it was recommended that I buy an uncoated pan for this purpose. It was also recommended that I consider my cooktop when choosing pots and pans. Magnetic stainless steel was a good choice of material because of my induction cooktop. I also needed to carefully choose my pieces since there was no need to overbuy because one lid can be able to cover more than one pan. The last thing I considered were the prices, and after looking at different pots and pans sets, I was able to get what I was looking for.

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December
2015
Time: 7:38

Thanks to the Aroma rice cooker

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I was celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary last month, and I really wanted to make it an exceptional day. Among the things that graced the occasion was the sumptuous meal I had prepared for my guests. Nearly everyone complimented me for the restaurant-quality rice I had prepared. My husband and I couldn’t have had a better day. What a joy!

While everyone was making merry and having a good time, a close friend of mine, Judith, came to me and asked, “How did you make the super delicious rice?” With a bold smile, I answered “I have my aroma digital rice cookers to thank.” From the look of her eyes, I could tell that she wasn’t convinced by my answer; she definitely wanted to know more about the rice cookers. “Why did you choose to use the rice cookers today?” She asked. At this point, I knew she wanted to know why I preferred the Aroma rice cookers to other kitchen appliances.

Well, there are three stand-out reasons why I chose to use the aroma digital rice cookers. Firstly, I wanted to take the shortest time possible to cook for my guests. I was very busy handling a lot of stuff, and the only way I could have managed to keep time was finding the best rice cooker. Whenever I have a tight schedule, I always rest assured knowing that my aroma rice cookers will save me a lot of time. Despite the many chores that I was handling in preparation for my special day, I was still able to cook in time, thanks to the aroma rice cookers.

Moreover, the utensils were very convenient to use. With the digital rice cookers, keeping the rice warm was not a problem. I knew that I didn’t have to worry about that because the cookers have a feature that makes it possible to keep the rice warm. With the more than twenty guests coming for the party, I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Whenever anyone needed rice, it was possible to have it warm. For convenience purposes, the digital cookers were the ideal choice for the day.

Lastly, the digital cookers are able to cook and also steam at the same time. For that occasion, I wanted a rice cooker that could perform both tasks simultaneously, and they definitely came in handy. I had to ensure that I prepared a meal that matched the splendor of the day. The ability of the aroma rice cookers to cook and steam simultaneously enabled me to serve a very tasty meal to my guests.

After explaining to Judith why the rice cookers are so special to me, she was finally convinced and even considered purchasing one. We then joined the other guests as we joyfully honored the special day.

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December
2015
Time: 7:38

Why I Chose Cutlery as a Gift for My Daughter’s Wedding

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buy-cooking-knifeI grew up in the countryside and this where I raised 3 sons and 1 daughter after the death of my husband. As a single parent, life was not a bed of roses. I had to overwork myself just to put food on the table, leave alone cook the food. Life was terrible in so many ways, but there was nothing I could do but to soldier on. The worst time was when it came to preparing the food, especially the kind that needs you to use a knife. If I had money, I could have definitely bought the good kitchen knife set. However, this was not the case as I had to spend all the money I on my children’s school fees.

As years went by, my children grew up to be healthy and strong. The boys went to the city and I was left all alone with my daughter whom I loved so much. The bond between us grew strong, and she could prepare lots of tasty food so that we could enjoy together. I loved her so much, but she loved another person whom she wanted to share her life with. I was saddened in my heart, but accepted the fact that in I was just with her for a few years and she shall be gone.

It’s amazing how four years can fly by, and now my daughter was leaving me to go and stay with the man she loved. I had taught her everything that a good wife should do, and what she should not attempt to do. I started thinking about presents that could best suit the family they were just about to start. Of course, being a mother utensils and cutlery seemed the best gift. I remember very well that I had kitchen knives but these couldn’t be given as a present, but I had to part with some utensil. I really had to shop around for the best kitchen knives for her. And for this reason, I took sometime and did some research for the best kitchen knife set.

It was only after reading the best kitchen knives reviews that I opted for a certain brand that has been proven to be quite reliable. This brand has many options and price per set is quite affordable. Needless to say, the knives are made of the best materials available on the market. If you choose stainless steel, then definitely you have made the right choice. They are also stylish and fashionable. Above all, they come in different styles that you can choose from.

The best kitchen knifes I chose for my daughters wedding gift were sharp, of good weight, great handles, and the blades were just of the correct size. What else could I give my daughter than these knives that she could use in her lifetime? I knew that when she opened the gift box she will remember how often we quarreled about our one and only kitchen knife. In the depth of my heart, I am happy for her and will miss her quite dearly.

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December
2015
Time: 7:37

Sleeping Well When Camping witn An Air Mattress

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During camping, it is important to ensure that you go for a camping air mattress that will serve your needs all along the camping duration. This can be achieved by ensuring that you choose the best twin air mattress for camping in terms of quality. With a quality air mattress, you will be guaranteed of comfort during the sleeping/resting hours. This can be achieved by ensuring that you pick a brand from a company that has already set a good reputation to its customers, I will recommend you to find out more information in this air mattress reviews for twin airbeds. It is also important to pick the right size that can accommodate you. The size will be determined by whether you are sharing your mattress or you are using it alone.

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However, sometimes an air mattress may develop a hole which causes air leakage and thus calling for repair. To some extent, it is possible to carry out the repair by yourself as it will save you from spending more money either on replacing the mattress or hiring an expert to carry out the process. The first step should involve finding the leaking part which should be done when the air mattress is filled with air to its capacity. Upon finding the leaking part(s), it is possible to use your repair kit to patch the hole. The patched hole should be checked on whether the leaking has stopped. It is however important to ensure that you do not place the mattress on the ground without checking whether there are any sharp objects which can injure it.

After camping, the air mattress may call for cleaning as it will be exposed to dust depending on the camping site. This should be done by vacuuming it to ensure that all dirt and stains are removed.

To ensure that your camping air mattress maintains its good condition, it is important to ensure that it is stored in the right way. This eliminates cases of having it damaged due to poor storage thus failing to hold air during the next use.

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December
2015
Time: 7:36