Many of us have a morning routine that we are used to doing on a daily basis. Need that cuppa to perk yourself up before heading out to work? How about dragging yourself to the gym before breakfast to get that workout done first thing in the morning?
If one of these scenarios sounds familiar to you, then it is time to break that habit. It is important to set aside time for breakfast to ensure that you have enough fuel to start your day right.
Here are 7 Things You Should Never Do On An Empty Stomach, because they may cause you discomfort and even health issues in the long run.
#1 DRINK ALCOHOL
Those who have tried drinking on an empty stomach would know that it gets them intoxicated much faster. Alcohol goes into the bloodstream at a faster pace and spreads throughout the body quickly.
If you do not wish to end up with a much-dreaded hangover the next say, have a proper meal before you drink.
#2 DRINK COFFEE OR TEA
This is probably the hardest to control of all. To many of us working adults, we really need that cup of caffeine as a morning booster to get through the day. We aren’t saying that you have to stop consuming coffee altogether—just have it after breakfast.
Drinking coffee or tea on an empty stomach increases your stomach’s acid levels and give way to vomiting or constipation issues.
#3 GO TO THE GYM
Nope, you do not lose more weight by exercising on an empty stomach. In fact, you lose muscle mass when you work out on an empty stomach when you do heavy workouts.
Our bodies need proper nutrition with the right amount of fat and protein, so an attempt to exercise without eating will increase your chances of passing out.
#4 TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
There are some medicines to be taken before food but most will require you to take them after a meal. Unless specifically stated by the doctor, it is not wise to consume them on an empty stomach.
You may experience nausea or cramps if you take your medicine before meals as pills can mess with your intestinal lining. Taking medication after food will help your body absorb the pills better.
#5 CONSUME ACIDIC FOOD/FRUITS
Certain food or fruits have chemical properties in them that react badly with your stomach’s acidic juices. Eating tomatoes on an empty stomach create insoluble gels which lead to stomach calculus or also known as ‘stomach stones’.
Bananas are rich in magnesium and consuming the fruit when you are hungry will create an imbalance between magnesium and calcium levels in the body. Other types of food you should avoid include orange, milk and yogurt.
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#6 EAT TOO MUCH SUGAR
Your body absorbs sugar quickly when you eat them on an empty stomach, causing a spike in blood sugar levels. High blood sugar increases the risk of damaged cells in your blood vessels.
You can get nausea or motion sickness when traveling on an empty stomach, especially if it involves traveling long distance such as a road trip. Do not go hungry if you want to keep your energy going throughout the day!