WE all know the health benefits of coffee especially brewed.
Many people drink coffee early in the morning as soon as they wake up. What will happen to your body when you drink coffee on an empty stomach?
Some health experts believe that there is right “timing” before drinking coffee. That is, coffee, even decaf, should not be consumed on empty stomach or right after you wake up because it affects the digestive tract and could later lead to gastrointestinal problems.
In our stomach, we have hydrochloric acid which is digesting our food. However, drinking coffee on an empty stomach makes the acid production go into overdrive. If you practice drinking coffee on empty stomach, the digestive system would later depend on the acid the coffee produces, thus making the digestion slower.
When the digestion process goes slow, some bacteria would then appear which would produce hydrogen sulfide, resulting in the well familiar farts.
Sooner, you will feel heartburn, indigestion, heartburn, and irritation of the intestines if the stomach acid is increased. If this is happening for a long time it may lead to bowel syndrome, acid reflux or ulcers.
According to research at the Yokohama City University School of Medicine in Japan, coffee also makes the food go out of our stomach more quickly. This means that the minerals and vitamins are not absorbed properly, which may cause a deficiency in nutrients. This is also the case with decaf.
On the other, the caffeine of coffee hasten the process of removing the liquids out of our organism through the kidneys which means that your body would not be able to absorb well the calcium, zinc, magnesium or other minerals.
If you are deficient with these basic minerals, you know what would happen to your health later on. Deficiency of these may cause many issues such as depression, asthma, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, migraines, kidney disease etc.
Most people are not aware that when they crave for coffee as soon as they wake, that means their body is looking for caffeine. And overtime, this early morning craving would lead to anxiety and depression because coffee:
* Can increase the level of stress hormones.
* It affects the production of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter connected with the senses of well being and calm. The antidepressants given to people are actually keeping the proper level of serotonin.
* It also affects the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is connected with a lower level of stress.
* It fastens the secretion of B vitamins and then affects its absorption. The B vitamins are beneficial for relaxation, mood regulation, and management of stress.
If you do not want to encounter these health issues later on, avoid drinking your coffee on an empty stomach, especially if you are acidic, have stomach issues or have high levels of uric acid.