10 things that you shouldn't eat with an empty stomach..!

Acid level of your stomach is a key factor in determining your body's overall health condition. You know that our stomach uses acids(mainly HCL in the liver) for processing the consumed food. 

Generally, the stomach acid level is normal after eating big meals, but on an empty stomach, it's quite higher generally in the morning.If you consume highly acidic foods (mainly sugar)at that time it may result in high acid levels. So body expel this excessive acid through urine by using valuable nutrients such as calcium,sodium, many electrolytes etc.

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One may think it's a healthy choice to eat a banana or drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. But, they may be those foods that shouldn’t be eaten on an empty stomach. 

1) SOFT DRINKS AND SODA:

Normally a teaspoon of sugar contains 4 grams of sugar. Suppose if you drink a soda/soft drink on an empty stomach ,a can of soda contains 8 to 10 spoons of sugar. Soda is also high in carbonated acids.


This means you are taking approx. six to nine times as much sugar into your blood that normally exist at any time.

A 2005 study at the University of Texas Science Center in San Antonio showed that people who drink diet soda gain weight- lots of it.

In fact, the research found there was a 41 percent increase in the risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day! 

2) SPICY & JUNK FOODS: 

An empty stomach also makes you more likely to start your meal with the wrong foods, even when you have a variety of choices. I think you will choose junk food for sure.

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Junk food contains 4 times more acid than any normal food.It disturbs the natural acid present in the stomach causing the acidic reaction in the stomach lining. The most common symptoms of such reaction are burning sensation, acidity, and vomiting.

3) COFFEE:

Who among us doesn’t love their first-morning cup of coffee?
Smelling the fresh brewed beans, sipping that flavorful, warm cup or one of the most antioxidant-full and stimulating beverages around is just so wholesome – or is it? 

It turns out drinking coffee on an empty stomach may not be so great for you after all; here is why:

When you drink a coffee on an empty stomach early in the morning,it triggers the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the liver.

It causes a dump of cortisol ( known as the stress hormone) right into our blood stream. This stress hormone may cause you to crave more sugar, think with less clarity, disturb sleep cycles,irregular bowel syndrome(IBS). 

4) BANANA: 
 

Eating banana on empty is not bad but, if you exceed 3 or 4 it may create serious health problems.

people who eat bananas on an empty belly emit more gastric acid than other foods and eventually get something that is called gastric ulcer. 

People who have gastric ulcer will usually get heartburn and nauseous. On top of that, a normal healthy person will not feel or get anything unusual after consuming bananas on an empty belly.

Bananas are rich in Magnesium ,so excessive intake of magnesium will affect the health of the heart, tendency to get Achlorhydria due to low gastric acids and causes diarrhea etc.

5) ALCOHOL:
  
Everyone has heard that drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is a bad thing, but few people understand why. 

An empty stomach absorbs and processes alcohol faster, it also means you're more likely to become sick, get a hangover, or even suffer alcohol poisoning on a smaller amount of alcohol.

 6) MEDICINE: 

Medications can be harsh on an empty stomach depending on the medication and its strength. Many medications may irritate the stomach lining and can result in nausea. Nausea may be present with or without vomiting. 



7) CITRUS FRUITS (TOMATO):

Tomato is a kind of very nutritious vegetable. It contains a lot of vitamin C and Zinc. There is 20 to 40 mg of vitamin C contained in every 100 grams of tomato.



Do not eat a tomato with an empty stomach.Tomato contains a lot of soluble astringents, which will react with the gastric acid and clot into insoluble lumps. These lumps may block the pyloric of the stomach, leading to gastrectasia, nausea, and other discomforts. 

8) TEA: 

It doesn't matter what kind of tea you drink, nor does drink tea hot or cold make a difference to your stomach in this case.



Tea contains natural substances called 'tannins' in huge amount, which contribute color and a slightly bitter flavor.  

You shouldn't drink green tea on an empty stomach.The green tea tannins increase stomach acid. So, if you drink green tea before eating, it may give you a stomachache, a nauseous feeling, or cause constipation.
 
If you drink a moderate amount of black tea, tannins should not cause problems. In large quantities, they may upset your stomach or cause nausea and vomiting.

9) YOGHURT:

Due to the intense acidic nature of yoghurt, it makes the empty stomach more acidic and is thought to damage the stomach lining, like a stomach ulcer and acidity.

Drinking yoghurt with an empty stomach will decline its health effects. It is suggested to drink yoghurt two hours after dinner, or before going to bed. 


"Yoghurt contains a large number of lactic acid bacteria, which refers to a large group of beneficial bacteria that have similar properties and all produce lactic acid as an end product of the fermentation process, but when we eat them with an empty stomach, lactic acid bacteria are easy to die in a large number while being in the stomach with higher acidity, thus losing part of the health effects." 
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After we eat some food, the acidity of stomach decreases, so the lactic acid bacteria can play a better role.

10) SWEET POTATO:


Similar to tomatoes, sweet potatoes also contain tannin and pectin acid,which will stimulate the stomach wall to secrete more gastric acid, causing heartburn and another discomfort.

Don't eat French fries on an empty stomach.Deep frying French fries makes them very high in fat, and a high-fat diet increases your risk of becoming overweight. 

Overall now you understand that you must keep the acid level of a stomach in balance.
If you want to eat all above mentioned food it's advisable to wait for one or two hours then eat them there will be no problem at all.

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