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What Not to Do on An Empty Stomach

 Everyone knows the old adage that “You are what you eat,” but what we do before meals can also have a huge impact on our health. Below you’ll find eight things that you shouldn’t do on an empty stomach (2 hours after your last meal).



1. Take Anti-Inflammatories

Aspirins and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cannot be taken on an empty stomach. Not only will this reduce their effectiveness, but it can also cause serious health conditions such as gastric bleeding.

Advice: Milk decreases the negative effects of NSAIDs. If you don’t have milk, you can wash the drug down with plenty of water.

2. Drink Coffee

Coffee stimulates the production of acid that might cause heartburn and other digestive issues when drank on an empty stomach.

Advice: If you’re unable to give up drinking coffee first thing in the morning, consume it with cream or milk – the fat in the milk will reduce any negative effects.

3. Drink Alcohol

With an empty stomach, alcohol absorption rate increases by a factor of 2. In addition, the removal of alcohol breakdown products slows down, which causes a hangover. It will also have negative consequences on your liver, heart, and kidneys.

Advice: If the situation doesn’t allow you to refuse a drink, take a cold non-carbonated drink instead as they are absorbed more slowly. Better yet, eat something small first.


4. Go to Bed

Hunger and low glucose levels prevent us from falling asleep and cause superficial sleep and early awakening.

Advice: Gorging yourself before going to bed is also a bad idea. The best solution is to consume dairy products as they contain calcium and magnesium. This will ensure a sound sleep.

5. Intense Training

Some people like to believe that exercising on an empty stomach burns more calories, but the reality is that it has no influence on fat loss. However, it will contribute to muscle loss, which you definitely don’t want.

Advice: Replace intense training with aerobic exercise. If you suffer from digestive issues, it’s best if you have a healthy snack before any type of exercise as physical activity increases the production of gastric juice, which is harmful to an empty stomach.

6. Shop

Hunger will make you buy more food than necessary. In fact, if we have an empty stomach, we’ll be more acquisitive even in non-food stores.

Advice: Besides making a shopping list in advance, paying with cash can also help you save money. This is because people tend to spend less when they pay with cash instead of a credit card.

7. Drink Citrus Juice

The acid and tough fibers found in citrus fruits will irritate an empty stomach, which is dangerous for those who have gastritis or those at risk of developing it.

Advice: Freshly squeezed citrus juice will bring a load of benefits if you dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio.  

8. Argue

Research has shown that hunger makes us less composed. This happens because self-control requires energy, which is in short supply when you have an empty stomach.

Advice: If you don’t have the time to eat before a discussion, drink something warm, and offer some to the other person. This will make the conversation a lot more amicable.


Source: brightside
Images: depositphotos

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