The coffee has many admirers all over the world. Millions of people get up in the morning and the first thing they do is make a cup of black aromatic coffee to wake up. However, drinking coffee on an empty stomach poses many he alth risks.
According to a recent study, “drinking coffee on an empty stomach early in the morning before breakfast significantly increases blood cortisol levels. This hormone is responsible for regulating the immune response, metabolism and stress response," explains Dr. Nikola Djordjevic to rd.com.
Cortisol peaks precisely in the early morning. As the day progresses, its levels decrease. If you caffeinate your body on an empty stomach right when this hormone is at its highest, you're putting your body under even more stress.
Other studies show that a large percentage of people drink coffee specifically on an empty stomach. They are at increased risk of sudden mood swings and the possible appearance of various he alth problems in the long term. This is because coffee stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, which harms not only its mucosa, but also creates an overall acidic environment in the body. The high acidity of the body, in turn, creates a favorable basis for various inflammatory and cancer diseases.
Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the stimulating effect of caffeine because there is practically nothing to compete with it for absorption. A full stomach helps limit stomach acid production.
High amounts of stomach acid irritate the lining of an empty stomach. Over time, you may start experiencing burning, heartburn, and burning chest pain. There is a risk of gastritis and stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Coffee on an empty stomach affects not only physical he alth, but mental he alth as well. Overproduction of stomach acid causes mood swings, tremors, nervousness, fearfulness for no reason. Long-term exposure to the effects of large amounts of stomach acid can lead to depression and anxiety, adds Dr. Djordjevic.
Taken in large amounts on an empty stomach, caffeine can mimic the symptoms of a panic attack or anxiety attack. The pulse quickens, there is sweating, tightening of the limbs and jaw, tremors, redness of the face, anxiety.
Always drink your coffee after. This way your body will benefit from all the beneficial properties that its antioxidants have.