I am a firm believer in the fact that the first thing you usually consume in the morning on an empty stomach will wildly affect your whole wellbeing.. It may not always be right to eat what we feel like! The first thing we eat in the morning sets forth the course of the day. Certain foods may wreak havoc with your gut if eaten on an empty stomach. Giving your digestive system some time to start functioning after long hours of sleep requires that you should eat breakfast at least two hours after you wake up. Up ahead, seven foods that may not do good to you and other seven that are a better option if had on an empty stomach.
What NOT To Eat On An Empty Stomach
1 || Spicy Food
Eating spices and chillies on an empty stomach may irritate the stomach lining which can lead to acidic reactions and cramps. They are pungent in nature and can trigger indigestion.
2 || Sugary Foods Or Drinks
Though majority of us are under the impression that it is healthy to have a glass of fruit juice to start your day, it may not be the case. Starting your day with a tall glass of fruit juice will put an extra load on the pancreas that is still waking up after long hours of rest. With the stomach being empty, sugar in the form of fructose in fruits can cause an overload on your liver. Processed sugar is even worse, so avoid breakfast desserts or overly sweet smoothies.
3 || Aerated Drinks
Aerated drinks are bad for our health no matter what time of the day it may be, but they are even worse when consumed on an empty stomach as the carbonated acids mix with the stomach acids causing various health issues like nausea and gas. Your stomach excretes acid to help in the digestion of your food, and if there’s no food in your tummy, you’re just introducing additional acid into your digestive system which might lead to stomach cramps or pain.
4 || Cold Beverages
You must have heard that it is best to start the day with warm lemon water and honey, yet many of us give into the temptation of chugging a glass of iced coffee instead. Drinking iced beverages on an empty stomach may damage your mucous membrane and make your digestion sluggish through the day whereas lukewarm beverages help kick starting your system and your metabolism.
5 | Citrus Fruits
Fruits are always very healthy if they are eaten at the right time. Eating citrus fruits on an empty stomach may increase acid production. Moreover, too much fiber and fructose in fruits can also make slow down your digestive system if eaten on an empty stomach. You should especially avoid eating fruits with tough fibers like guava and oranges early morning.
5 | Raw Vegetables
This one is specially for those who are diet conscious and believe that salads are great anytime of the day. Raw vegetables or a salad may not be the best thing to eat on an empty stomach. They are full of coarse fiber which may put an extra load on an empty stomach. They can also cause flatulence and abdominal pain when eaten on an empty stomach. This is why we are advocates of juiced celery free from fibers on an empty stomach..
6 || Coffee
Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a very common practice. It seems to be an easy way of breaking from sleep, but drinking coffee on an empty stomach may lead to acidity. It stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the digestive system which cause gastritis in some people.
Preferred Foods To Have On An Empty Stomach
1 || Soaked Almonds
Almonds are a rich source of manganese, Vitamin E, protein, fibre, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid. However, if you eat almonds the wrong way, you will miss out on its benefits. Always soak them over night and then eat them in the morning. Almond peel contains tannin that prevents nutrient absorption. When you soak them, the skin easily comes off. Almonds will give you the right does of nutrition and also improve satiety through the day.
2 || Warm Water And Honey
Honey is loaded with minerals, vitamins, flavonoids, and enzymes that are essential to keep your gut clean and healthy. Eating honey with water on an empty stomach will help flush out toxins and also boost your metabolism and provide your body with a short burst of energy to carry out the daily functions.
3 || Wheat Grass Powder With Water
Adding wheat grass to your diet will help you get your quota of five to nine servings of vegetables and fruits. Eating this nutrient-packed powder mixed in water in the morning will improve digestive system function and prevent constipation. It is also known to treat certain gastrointestinal problems and acid reflux. The anti-oxidants found in wheat grass can protect the cells in your from free radicals.
4 || Raisins
The dried fruit has a high concentration of potassium, calcium and iron. Like almonds, soak raisins in water overnight as this increases nutrient absorption. Since they are full of natural sugars, they boost your energy in the morning and prepare you for the rest of the day. They also help regulate blood sugar levels and curb sweet cravings. Raisins can also neutraliZe acids that have harmful effect on your body.
5 || Papaya
Eating papaya on an empty stomach is a good way to cleanse your body of toxins and ensure smooth bowel movement. What’s more, it is easily available round the year. They are also known to lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart diseases. Wait for 45 minutes before eating your breakfast after you have eaten papaya.
6 || Watermelon
The fruits is 90 percent water and is full of electrolytes and is thereby gentle on the stomach. Starting your day with water melon will keep you hydrated and satiate sugar cravings with minimal calories (a cup of watermelon has 40 calories). Watermelon also contains high levels of lycopene which boosts heart and eye health.
7 || Chia Seeds
These tiny seed are filled with protein, fibre, calcium, anti-oxidants and Omega 3s. The best way to eat them is when they have been soaked overnight. Chia seeds have the ability to expand in your stomach and keep you fuller for long. This way they aid in weight loss. When they are soaked they develop a gelatinous coating that helps them move swiftly in the digestive system.