Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. There are different types of coffee drinks such as Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha, Americano and many more. It has many health benefits but it can be harmful under certain circumstances. Some of the circumstances that limit the consumption of coffee include taking coffee on an empty stomach, being pregnant or when developing the coffee addiction. Under these circumstances, coffee is more detrimental to your health than it is beneficial. Some benefits attributed to coffee are that it reduces the risk of developing diseases such as liver cancer, heart disease, Type II Diabetes and the Parkinson’s disease. It also has antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. However, the article shall dwell on the impact of drinking coffee on an empty stomach.
It is quite normal for people to wake up to a cup of coffee not knowing of the danger attached to this habit. Many times, people have this assumption that coffee will increase their focus and leave you re-energized, but this is not the case. Intake of coffee on an empty stomach negatively affects your digestive system. Coffee rapidly increases the production of hydrochloric acid and gastric juice in the stomach. Because you are on an empty stomach, the acid has no food to break down hence damaging the lining of your stomach by irritating it. The lining of the stomach wears up at the end, which can escalate to diseases such as ulcers.
Coffee’s acidic effects also result in feelings of nausea, heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and even vomiting in extreme situations. This will leave you uncomfortable and affect your day’s performance. The acids that irritate the stomach lining mainly cause it. People who are prone to gastritis will feel it very quickly. Even healthy stomach is certainly affected by this. To reduce this problem, it is advisable to add a bit of milk in your coffee to reduce this effect.
Studies have shown that caffeine triggers feelings of anxiety, irritability, and an inability to focus.
When you wake up, your body releases cortisol hormone that makes you feel awake and increases your focus. Cortisol levels increases as the day goes by and begins to reduce in the afternoons. However, intake of coffee on an empty stomach disrupts the release of cortisol hormone. It reduces its levels early in the day leaving you feeling groggy, sleepy, and tired. These feelings of laziness will surely reduce your day’s performance. Before having a cup of coffee, make sure you grab something to eat first to ensure you are energized throughout the day. This will increase your performance in anything you do.
Coffee intake can also result in dehydration. Coffee has a diuretic effect meaning you are likely to urinate more forcing your body to get rid of more water. Owing to the fact that hydration is very important to the body; it is quite clear that reducing your intake of coffee is very important in maintaining a healthy body. Especially on an empty body, the body will lose more water leaving you dehydrated. Some of the effects of dehydration are premature aging, weakened immune system, dry skin, and even increased risk of obesity.
Coffee intake leads to loss of appetite. Waking up to that cup of coffee often suppresses your appetite. It makes one less hungry because it is a stimulant. Habitual intake of coffee on an empty stomach leads to weight loss because of the reduced hunger levels. Weight loss can be detrimental to your health. Some of the weight loss effects include fatigue, irritability, headaches, constipation, irregular menstruation, dizziness, loss of muscle, and loss of hair among other potential side effects. Although weight loss is sometimes encouraged, it is advisable to lose it through healthy ways such as exercising and eating healthy.
The ritual of drinking coffee first before anything else may raise blood pressure or increase the heartbeat rate. It also releases stress hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. This can make you have mood swings or withdrawals. Your brain will be unable to process these hormones properly therefore, you are likely to have the mood swings and feel nervous.
The idea that coffee should be the first thing to be consumed on an empty stomach has many negative effects. These negative effects lead to long-term diseases for example ulcers. The feelings of anxiety and mood swings not only affect an individual directly but it can also affect others indirectly. Having these long-term disease means that there will always be medical bills to be paid and medicine to be taken. They are a strain on both budget and time.