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9 Shocking Things You Shouldn’t Do On An Empty Stomach

9 Shocking Things You Shouldn’t Do On An Empty Stomach

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We’ve always been taught that eating certain things on an empty stomach may be very dangerous to our overall health. But, have you ever heard that DOING certain things before eating can be bad for you, as well? Well, now you did and it is very true.

However, it’s not like we are willing to do serious activities while we are hungry because let’s face it, we won’t move till we satisfy our belly. But in case you have to, you should start reconsidering making any action before having a full meal.

Click on Next to find out the 9 things you should
not do on an empty stomach


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Anti-Inflammations

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Any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Paracetamol and Aspirin on an empty stomach is very dangerous. They may cause serious health problems, such as gastric bleeding.
Here are other medicines that you shouldn’t take on an empty stomach:

– Antibiotics.
– Prednisone.
– Metformin.
– Oral Contraception.
– Narcotic Pain Relievers.

You can drink milk because it can lower the negative effects of NSAIDs, or you can wash the medicine down with plenty of water.

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Coffee

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I believe that we spent half our lives drinking coffee early in the morning while our stomach is still empty. But, even decaffeinated coffee can stimulate the production of acid that causes heartburn and many other digestive problems.

Plus, skipping

after drinking your morning coffee can lead to a serotonin deficiency, and of course, feeling bad and gloomy for the rest of the day. If you have to drink coffee first thing in the morning, then it is better if you add milk or cream to reduce the negative effects.

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Drink Alcohol

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Except feeling sick after having only two glasses, alcohol on an empty stomach is not healthy for your overall health. Plus, it will hit you faster with all its negativity.

It will slowdown the removal of alcohol breakdown products which can cause extreme hangover symptoms, and without a doubt, the rapid effect of alcohol on the body doesn’t go without negative impacts on your heart, kidneys, and liver. If you are obligated to drink, attempt to consume anything, like a small sandwich.

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Go to bed

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Most people don’t need to be advised about this one because, seriously, who can sleep while hungry? Science, on the other hand, completely agrees because hunger and low glucose are like the biggest barriers that prevent us from falling asleep and causes us to wake up early.

Ironically, lack of sleep increases the level of hunger hormones! However, this doesn’t mean to eat heavily before bed, that’s not healthy, too. Instead, try to consume any dairy product.

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Chew Gum

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While you are chewing gum, your digestive system produces its acid that is able to destroy the lining of your empty stomach, and overindulgence with gum can lead to gastritis.

However, you can chew the gum that contains natural sweeteners (Xylitol, Sorbitol) instead of the ones that contain sugar, cyclamate or aspartame. Also, avoid chewing gum for more than 10 minutes, even if you are full and your stomach isn’t empty.

Here is a fast fact: Scientists found out that people who chew gum constantly probably prefer junk food over fruits and vegetables.

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Intense Workout

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Most people tend to exercise on an empty stomach in order to lose more calories. But in fact, that doesn’t help with fat loss. It only influences muscle loss.

On the other hand, the intensity of your workout will decrease because your body lacks energy, which can make you dizzy and pose you with many dangers. Instead, you can train with aerobic exercise or any light exercise. The best option is eat anything before you hit the gym, any snack can help.

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Citrus Juice

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Citrus fruits contain the acid that can harm your empty stomach and irritates it, especially if you have gastritis or at risk of developing it.

Instead, you can drink a freshly squeezed citrus juice that is diluted with water, this one is very beneficial.

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Shop

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It is known that being hungry gives us the urge to buy more food than we need, even the ones we probably will never eat. But, that’s not it!

According to a research, an empty stomach makes us buy more stuff that is not related to food, too. When our body sends the signal of “I want food”, our brain only understands “I want”, and of course, we always obey that request.

So, it’s better to stick to a shopping list that was made in advance, and also, paying with cash can help you save money more than you do when using a credit card.

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Argue

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I am sure we all have been through this multiple times; when we are hungry, we tend to be more aggressive, insensitive, and careless about others’ feelings.

According to a research, we tend to lose our control over our actions and feelings because self-control requires energy. So just in case, if you are about to start a conversation and you don’t have time to eat, drink something warm like tea or milk!

In conclusion, it’s better to do one thing while our stomachs are empty, and it is to head to the kitchen and prepare a delicious meal, that’s the ultimate solution!

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