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Spicy exchange / 2022

Why does spicy food make you poo?

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Spicy food may make you have to poo...

How can something as simple as a few drops of hot sauce move through your system so fast that you have to go to the bathroom within an hour?

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The active ingredient in most chili peppers, capsaicin, is a potent irritant that can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Why does this happen?

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Common symptoms

Eating spicy foods can lead to abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea. Capsaicin can also stimulate the release of excess water and electrolytes from the intestine, leading to further dehydration.

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Capsaicin binds with pain receptors in the gastrointestinal tract. This causes a burning sensation in the stomach and intestines.

How it affects the stomach & colon

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Spicy food & hemorrhoids

Luckily, eating spicy foods has not been shown to cause or worsen hemorrhoids

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Spicy food is not ecommended by doctors if you are severely constipated. However, if you are mildly constipated and you know spice makes you poo, it may be worth a try!

Can spicy food help constipation?

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How to combat the upset tummy

Limiting spicy foods, eating probiotics, drinking lots of water, and consuming dairy may help mitigate some of the effects of spicy food on your digestion.

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