Here’s Why Drinking Coffee on an Empty Stomach is Not a Good Idea

The sun is up, the birds are chirping and you have a cup of hot coffee in your hand… is there a better way to start one’s day? Actually, there is – with breakfast first and coffee second.

Coffee is truly a wonderful drink – it can jolt up our energy levels, boost our brain and focus, it’s rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, it can stave off certain diseases and even help with diabetes. However, drinking it first thing in the morning is not a great idea. Here’s why.

Increases Stomach Acidity

Coffee on an empty stomach increases acidity which can lead to heartburn and indigestion. Furthermore, it can lead to more serious health problems down the road – stomach ulcers, acid reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

Increases Anxiety

Caffeine alone can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, as it shoots up our adrenaline. However, when combined with food (or when consumed after a meal), its effects are much milder and in fact beneficial. So if you already struggle with anxiety, drink your coffee after a breakfast and/or other meals.

Messes With Hormones

As mentioned, consuming coffee before food can boost your stress and anxiety levels, which in long term can lead to various hormonal issues, including reduced or increased estrogen and/or testosterone levels as well as thyroid problems. The best way to avoid this is to drink coffee after a meal.

All in all, thanks to its numerous health benefits, there’s no need to give up your morning cup of Joe – just make sure you drink it after you’ve had your breakfast.

 

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