Just Take Care! Things You Should Never Do on an Empty Stomach


As rightly it is said, ‘You are what you Eat.’

But we all have that bad feeling that craves for just a packet of chips. No? 2 packs, then? I see.

However, according to a study not just what we eat creates an impact on our health, whatever we allow our body to take in before and after having a meal that defines it too. It can make an impeccable impact on our physical and mental well-being.

This article here will tell you some habits you need to give up if you follow them. Also, an empty is the one 2 hours post your last meal.

There are also tips and tricks to follow on an empty stomach.




Yes, coffee! Also includes decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated or not, coffee stimulates the secretion of hormone ‘Gastrin’ which is responsible for the secretion of gastric acid. Hence, coffee can promote GRED, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease if consumed on an empty stomach.


2. Oral Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), also including Paracetamol, must not be taken on an empty stomach. These are known for the right amount of side effects. They can increase your gastrointestinal to risks such as ulceration, bleeding, perforation of the stomach or intestine, proving to be fatal. Hence, it is advised by the FDA that NSAIDs are to be taken with food, which provides a cushioning effect to your stomach lining.

Here’s a tip, you don’t need a full course meal while taking the medicines, you can even go for smaller things such as a biscuit.


3. Alcohol

Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is not a good idea. That’s because when your stomach is empty, the body absorbs alcohol faster. The absorption rate becomes Twice the average rate. It’s roughly equivalent to injecting alcohol in your blood.

Tip: If you’re stuck in a social obligation to drink, opt for a non-carbonated drink as it will not get absorbed efficiently. Eating a sandwich with the drink is a great idea, especially one with butter.


4. Chewing Gum

When you begin chewing gum, the chewing action sends a signal to the brain that you’re about to consume food. In preparation, the stomach releases some gastric acid, which floods the stomach without the balancing effect of food. With time, this could lead to the development of stomach ulcers.

Tip: If you do have a craving for chewing gum, confine it after the meal and opt for a sugar-free one.


5. Going to Bed

Going hungry to bed isn’t a good idea. Low glucose levels prevent your body from sleeping and can lead to superficial or improper sleep. Interestingly, insufficient sleep increases the secretion of hunger hormone which is why we eat more on days we wake up tired.

Tip: Shoving your stomach with lots of food isn’t a great idea too. Instead, drink a glass of warm milk and honey for a sound sleep.

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