Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day. Whether it is to jumpstart your metabolism or to kick cravings to the curb, it is important to make sure that you get a well-balanced breakfast when you wake up. Some form of lean protein along with a complex carbohydrate and some healthy fats is almost always recommended for any meal, let alone the first.
But since breakfast is consumed on an empty stomach, there are some foods that should be avoided.
Whether it is a cup of black coffee or alcohol, here are nine things that you should avoid eating or drinking on an empty stomach.
1. A lot of people tend to take NSAIDs, which are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, on an empty stomach. These include things such as aspirin and paracetamol.
Taking these types of medication on an empty stomach can potentially result in gastric bleeding and will also reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
The best thing to do when taking these pills in the morning is to wash it down with a glass of milk. Milk tends to lower the negative effects of NSAIDs. If milk is not readily available, large amounts of water can be substituted.
2. The consumption of coffee on an empty stomach can incite the production of an acid that might result in heartburn and acid reflux.
So try adding some cream or milk into your coffee and the fat will help ease your digestion and set you up for the proper absorption of nutrients throughout the day.
3. Drinking on an empty stomach has always been a bad idea. The rate of alcohol absorption is said to increase by a factor of two when you drink on an empty stomach.