At times when you are caught up in your busy schedule, the desperation to feed your empty stomach compels you to eat anything you can lay your hands on. But is it right to eat whatever you like, whenever you like? The answer is an obvious No. Eating all the right foods at the wrong time can create a lot of trouble for our gut.
It is not just about eating healthy food and avoiding junk food in the morning or knowing what is good and bad for your health. The goal is to understand how to optimize the food you eat to improve digestion and maximize absorption of key nutrients. This guide will help you understand what to eat and what not to eat on an empty stomach, so that you can plan your food time-table properly.
Foods to Avoid on an Empty Stomach
Fermented Milk Products (Yoghurt): Consuming fermented milk products such as yoghurt, first thing in the morning makes lactic acid bacteria present in the yogurt ineffective due to high acidity of stomach acid.
Caffeinated Drinks: Relying on tea/coffee may help you start your morning on a good note, but if taken on an empty stomach, it only increases the risk of acidity.
Spicy Food: Chillies or spicy foods are naturally pungent and can trigger indigestion if eaten on an empty stomach, leading to acidic reactions and cramps.
Citrus Fruits: When citrus fruits are eaten on an empty stomach they can cause heartburn, furthermore increasing the risk of gastritis and gastric ulcers.
Raw Vegetables: They are rich sources of amino acids, but they can cause heartburn, abdominal pain and flatulence especially when consumed on an empty stomach.
Sweets: Early morning sugar intake can significantly boost insulin levels by slowing down the pancreas that has just woken up, thus leading to diabetes.
Carbonated Drinks: Carbonated drink in the morning can reduce the blood supply to the stomach, damaging your mucous membranes and slowing down absorption process.
Foods to Eat on an Empty Stomach
Nuts: If eaten on an empty stomach, nuts improve your digestive health by normalizing the pH levels in your stomach.
Berries: Consuming blueberries on a regular basis in the morning at breakfast improves your memory, and regulates blood pressure and metabolism.
Eggs: Want to cut your daily calorie intake by half? Switch to eating egg for breakfast, they significantly reduce your daily calorie intake.
Lukewarm Water: A glass of warm water with honey and lemon before having your breakfast improves blood circulation, digestion and helps with your weight loss goal.
Oatmeal: Eating oatmeal first thing in the morning provides a coating on the inner lining of the stomach that prevents irritation from in-body’s naturally occurring acid HCL (Hydrochloric acid).
Whole Grain Bread: For a wholesome breakfast, try having whole grain bread, as they are full of carbs and other essential nutrients which the body needs.
Honey: Honey in the morning provides energy to your body, by activating the ‘feel-good’ hormone of the brain, known as serotonin.
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