9 Things That You Should Not Do On an Empty Stomach

If your stomach is empty and you haven’t eaten anything, then never do these 9 things which could create some harmful issues for your health.

Eating too much may not be a good idea for anyone, but an empty stomach is just as dangerous a situation. The activity we do both before and after a meal can impact our health in a huge way which is why we should always maintain a balance. While there are things never to do on a full stomach, an empty stomach is way more dangerous for certain thing. Here are 9 things you should never do when you are on an empty stomach. The implications can be anything from nausea, to erosion of your stomach lining and bloating or flatulence.

1Taking NSAIDS

NSAIDS are anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin and should never be taken on an empty stomach. This reduces the effectiveness of the medicine and can also erode the lining of the stomach. It can also put you at risk of gastric bleeding. Paracetamol though not an NSAID should never be taken on empty stomach.


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What you should do

There are certain pain killers and antibiotics that should not be taken on an empty stomach. Moreover medication like prednisone and diabetes medicine metformin should also be taken with food. In the case of narcotic type pain relievers and NSAIDs, you could take them with milk which will reduce the side effects of the drug. For those who are lactose intolerant, drink plenty of water.


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Coffee both the caffeine and decaf variety will stimulate the acid production in the stomach and that might lead to issues of heartburn and digestive issues if you drink it on an empty stomach. One should also never skip breakfast after coffee as that will lead to lowered levels of serotonin and result in a serotonin deficiency putting you in a cranky and irritable mood the whole day. If you can’t do without your cup of coffee in the morning, add milk or cream to it as the milk fat lowers the negative effects. It is better to consume natural coffee over freeze dried.


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When drunk on an empty stomach, the absorption rate of alcohol increases and is the same strength as its intravenous injection. This also slows down the rate of removal of the alcohol products in the body which leads to a bad hangover. When alcohol is allowed to rapidly get absorbed into your system, it put you at higher risk of liver, heart and kidney disease.


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What you should do

If you are in a situation where you just cat refuse the drink because of social issues, then the best thing to do is to opt for cooled non carbonated drinks which get absorbed at a slower rate. Try to eat tidbits, snacks or a small sandwich which contains butter in it as fat slows down the absorption of alcohol.


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Chew gum

Chewing gum produces digestive acids that in the absence of food will start working on the lining of your stomach eroding it. This is why those who go on empty stomachs for long periods of time develop issues of gastritis. Frequently chewing gum on an empty stomach can lead to the same thing. If you must chew gum, opt for those with natural sweeteners like xylitol and sorbitol. These are less harmful for the stomach. Even if you have eaten, never chew gum for more than 10 minutes.


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Going to sleep at night on an empty stomach is the worst thing you can do for your health. Hunger and low blood glucose levels will prevent you from having a good sleep and cause insomnia. It may also cause poor sleep and early awakening. Lack of sleep again will lead to an increase in the hunger hormones which is why some people tend to eat extra the next day if they skip dinner. Gorging before sleeping is also a bad idea. You could opt for a dairy product like milk before going to bed as this contains magnesium and calcium both of which helps us to sleep.


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6Intense training

Many experts advocate fasted cardio or exercising on an empty stomach. If it does burn calories, it may not lead to weight loss. However it may lead to muscle loss since the body lacks energy for the intensity of the exercise. Instead of intense training, perform aerobic exercises. If you suffer from digestive issues, it would be wise to have a healthy snack before exercising since physical activity also increase the gastric juice production which may harm an empty stomach.


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Bet you didn’t think of this one now did you? Hunger makes us purchase more and more food than we actually need to eat. An empty stomach makes us want to buy food even in non food stores. Research says that the internal message of the body goes from “I want food” to “I want”. The hungry person simply obeys that message and keeps buying things.


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What you should do

When you have to go shopping, make a list out in advance. Also when paying, use cash as it will help you spend less and save money. Studies have shown that shoppers who pay with cash tend to shop less and thus spend less money than shopping with a credit card.

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8Drink citrus juice

If you drink citric juices on an empty stomach, the tough fibers and acids can irritate the stomach lining that is a bad thing. It can lead to issues like gastritis or even put you at risk of developing it. Fresh squeezed citric juice is a better choice especially if you dilute it with water in a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1 for those without issues of hyperacidity. Freshly squeezed juice also brings with it health benefits.

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According to research, hunger keeps us less calm and composed. Self-control requires energy and that is always lacking in supply when you are on an empty stomach. When you have to have a discussion that is at risk of an impending argument, drink something warm at least and even offer some to your partner. This will make the conversation less problematic and more amicable.

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What to do when you’re hungry

The common perception is to eat food when you are hungry but did you know that there are certain activities that can be done better when you on an empty stomach. Your concentration and focus abilities are increased when you are hungry. Research says that this is because man’s early ancestors needed to put a lot of effort into focus for acquiring food. Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, helps you improve tasks by stimulating the brain.

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