Many of us can’t start the day without that first cup of coffee. Worst, we are far more addicted to this legal drug than we’d like to admit to ourselves.

Some people don’t even eat breakfast and just go straight for the mug as they run out of the house. Sometimes during crunch-times and busy days where lunch or a snack aren’t an option, a person will go for a cup of coffee instead to try to curb hunger and increase energy.

We think it's ok but drinking coffee on an empty stomach can have negative effects to one’s health.

Caffeine, which is present on coffee is not good for an empty stomach as it increases the stomach acid. This higher level of stomach acid creates problems and can eventually lead to severe abdominal issues such as stomach ulcers, heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Cheaper coffee usually has higher acidity, which can further exacerbate issues. This is one of the reasons why coffee should be bought for quality over quantity.

Caffeine is only a stimulant. It stimulates your adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin. These hormones trigger a “fight or flight” response, great when you are being chased by a wild animal, but not necessary when you are sitting  at your desk or breakfast table.

The Solution!

Don’t drink coffee or caffeinated products like soda, chocolate, or tea on an empty stomach. Enjoy a coffee or two a day, but eat something first. Start your morning with a glass of warm water and a squeeze of lemon juice instead. This wakes up your digestive system and cleanses your blood. You will feel fresher and your body will work more efficiently.