“You are what you eat” is an old saying known to all in the West, or let’s say, “Say what you eat and I will tell you how healthy you are.” But what we do before a meal has a huge impact on our health.
Tips for 9 things you can’t do on an empty stomach:
Aspirin, paracetamol, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cannot be taken on an empty stomach. It not only reduces its effectiveness but also causes serious health problems (such as stomach bleeding).
Tip: Milk reduces the negative effects of NSAIDs. If it is not available, you can reduce the effect of the drug by drinking plenty of water.
- Drink coffee
Even decaffeinated coffee stimulates acid production that can cause heartburn and other digestive problems if drunk on an empty stomach. Skipping breakfast even after coffee can lead to a lack of serotonin and a poor mood for the rest of the day.
Tip: If you cannot break the habit of drinking coffee as soon as you wake up, eat it with milk or cream: milk fat reduces the negative effects. And be sure to have natural coffee instead of “processed” coffee, as the latter can make your heart beat faster.
- He drinks alcohol
Without food, the rate of alcohol absorption increases by twice as much as an intravenous alcohol injection. On the other hand, the elimination of alcohol decomposition products is slowed down, leaving a significant residue. In addition, alcohol causes rapid and direct damage to the liver, heart, and kidneys.
- chewing gum
Digestive acid produced when chewing gum destroys the empty stomach lining. Excessive chewing of gum can lead to gastritis. It has also been scientifically proven that people who chew them prefer fast food (french fries and sweets) over fruits and vegetables.
Tip: Chewing gums containing natural sweeteners (xylitol, sorbitol) are less harmful than those containing sugar, cyclamate or aspartame. Avoid chewing gum for more than 10 minutes, even if your stomach is full.
- Don’t fight hunger with sleep
Hunger and low glucose levels prevent us from falling asleep and cause insomnia and restlessness in bed. Interestingly enough, lack of sleep increases the level of hunger hormones. This is why we eat more the day after dinner.
Tip: Making a mistake before bed is a bad idea. The best solution is dairy products because they contain magnesium and calcium. These items will ensure a good night’s sleep.
- Training is exhausting
There is an opinion that exercising on an empty stomach burns more calories, and does not actually affect fat loss. It can even lead to “muscle” loss and tissue depletion because the body lacks energy.
Tip: Replace intense training with moderate exercise. If you suffer from digestive problems, it is best to have a light meal before any kind of exercise because physical activity stimulates the production of harmful gastric juices on an empty stomach.
We all know that hunger makes us buy more food than we actually need. In fact, an empty stomach makes us more greedy in non-food stores. According to research, the internal message in our brain “I want food” is simply shortened to “I want” and a hungry person obeys this message by buying more things.
Tip: Paying cash can help you save money. Other research has shown that people tend to spend less when paying with cash instead of a credit card.
- Drink citrus juices
The harsh acidic fibers found in citrus fruits irritate your empty stomach, which is especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk of gastritis.
Tip: The benefits of fresh citrus juice will only return if you dilute it with water twice (for those with hyperacidity) or half it for others. By the way, there are foods other than citrus fruits that should not be eaten on an empty stomach. Like pineapple and kiwi.
- Controversy and heated debates
Researchers have proven that hunger makes us less resistant. This happens because self-control requires energy that your body will not find on an empty stomach.
Tip: If you don’t have time to eat before the discussion, drink something hot and serve it to your opponent as well. This will make the conversation more interesting.