What does drinking coffee on an empty stomach do to you?

What does drinking coffee on an empty stomach do to you?

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Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with billions of cups consumed on a daily basis. The stimulating properties of caffeine contained within coffee are largely responsible for its widespread appeal. For most people, their day starts with a fresh cup of coffee, much before anything else. However, the primary question that people have about their daily cup is: “can we drink coffee on an empty stomach?” 

While many people can consume black coffee on an empty stomach without facing any issues, some experience jitters or uneasiness. However, there’s no evidence that drinking coffee on an empty stomach is bad for your health. Coffee can have a diuretic effect, so if you drink it on an empty stomach it may cause temporary dehydration. But the effects are short-term and probably nothing to worry about. 

There are several benefits, as well as disadvantages to drinking coffee on an empty stomach. 

Here’s what you need to know about the effects of coffee on your body - 

Not many people are aware of the fact that black coffee has a very low nutritional value. Black coffee doesn’t add any calories, fats or cholesterol, which makes it the ideal beverage for people who want something to drink that does not cause any harm to their health. Many people are also unaware of the fact that black coffee acts as a stimulant that helps people to lose weight. Black coffee is rich in caffeine and contains antioxidants that stimulate the metabolic process. As a consequence it increases your energy levels and suppresses hunger. 

Coffee has many positive effects on your health as well. Studies show that drinking black coffee every day reduces the risk of developing any cardiovascular diseases like a stroke. Black coffee also improves brain function. It keeps your nerves active and is greatly responsible for improving your memory. It also means that you are less likely to develop memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

Research also shows that people who consume black coffee on a daily basis are less likely to develop any kind of liver diseases. This is because black coffee helps in reducing the levels of harmful liver enzymes that are usually found in the bloodstream. Being a diuretic beverage, coffee also helps in flushing out any toxins or bacteria in your system. 

However, the effects of black coffee on the body vary from person to person. For some people, drinking black coffee on an empty stomach can trigger an acid reflux. The most common symptom of an acid reflux is heartburn which feels like a sharp pain in the chest. Another side effect that people often experience after drinking black coffee on an empty stomach are jitters. This is especially true in the case of people who have a low metabolic rate. People are more prone to caffeine jitters if their metabolism is very slow. 

There is a very easy solution to avoiding caffeine jitters that people experience. One of the easiest ways to make sure that you do not get any post-coffee jitters is to limit your caffeine intake per day. Another great way to avoid getting anxiety or jitters after drinking coffee is to not drink it on an empty stomach. Even a small snack to accompany your cup of coffee can go a long way for you. Instead of drinking black coffee, you could also try adding some milk to your coffee in order to avoid an acid reflux. 

At the end of the day, you should do what works best for you and your body as nutrition and the effects of caffeine vary from person to person. 

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