Many people, if not almost all, have a cup of coffee first thing after waking up, instead of reaching for something else first. Especially when the weather is nice and sunny, and you need to spend time outside with a nice cup of coffee among friends…
Coffee is good for the body, it is tasty, in moderation is healthy too, but it is not good to take it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning after waking up.
The first reason; when drinking coffee while hungry in the morning, you cause increasing in the hydrochloric acid in the digestive tract organs. This means if you already have gastritis, you will feel a strange and unpleasant feeling in the stomach. This acid is mostly bad for the food that should be digested inside. If you have heavy and really caloric meals, the acid will get in the way of a good digestion since it will create bad quality digestion of proteins. If the protein we eat is not completely digested or absorbed in the body it will create even more digestive complications; bloating, inflamed bowels or even colon cancer.
No wonder many doctors or nutritionists tell that coffee is never to be taken before breakfast. There is one big reason for this theory – coffee produces more cortisol hormone release in the body and the body itself will struggle to get back to normal hormone levels. The cortisol hormone is directly linked to our feeling of alertness and being awake, and also responding to stress. It is not uncommon that coffee on an empty stomach can trigger nausea, vomiting and morning bloating.
So, coffee while hungry is really harmful to your health. Always reach for food (breakfast) first, and then a cup of coffee. If you are one of those people that never eat after sleeping, at least make the coffee less strong and more flavored, like for example by adding butter or milk – this will make it tastier and less harsh on the digestive functions.
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