Drinking coffee first thing in the morning- especially on an empty stomach- is a terrible idea. Millions of people around […]
Drinking coffee first thing in the morning- especially on an empty stomach- is a terrible idea.
Millions of people around the world start their day with a cup of java. But despite its many benefits, drinking coffee on an empty stomach can cause a number of health problems.
Why? Let’s take a look at a few reasons.
1. Stomach Acid
Your stomach has hydrochloric acid, which, at the right level, helps your body digest food properly. When your stomach is empty, this acid doesn’t have much to work with, so it can slosh around and hurt your stomach.
Drinking a cup of coffee on that empty stomach adds to the problem by putting more acid in your body.
Always having too much stomach acid will harm your stomach and digestive tract, leading to problems like heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach ulcers.
2. Bad Digestion
Having caffeine on an empty stomach ruins digestion, leading to a bloated feeling and other signs of irritable bowel syndrome, like pain and irregularity. How?
Caffeine acts like your adrenal glands, which create stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline.
When these hormones flood your body, they raise your heart rate and blood pressure, and your liver starts letting out blood sugar to give energy to muscles so that you can run away.
Your digestive system also shuts down to send energy to where it is needed most.
When you go through your morning on an empty stomach, you lower your brain’s power to properly break down serotonin.
Serotonin is the “happy, calm hormone”. When your brain is unable to break down this hormone properly, it causes anxiety and depression.
Drinking coffee on empty stomach raises the amount of fluid that your body passes, and can cause dehydration.
If you’re like most people, you’ll likely answer to that dehydration by reaching for yet another cup of coffee, making things even worse for yourself.
5. Low Levels of Serotonin
Very few people know about this, but coffee will make you feel less hungry.
People who drink coffee right away in the morning sometimes end up skipping breakfast.
Skipping your first meal of the day can ruin your body’s power to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter in charge of making you feel happy and calm.
Also, serotonin is very important for a good night’s sleep. Your body changes serotonin into melatonin at night. Low levels of melatonin usually lead to insomnia problems.
If you like drinking coffee, make sure to always have it after breakfast.