Having a mug of freshly brewed coffee is how most of us start the day. And, that’s not all. Coffee is often an appealing substitute for breakfast, or even worse, lunch, which curbs your hunger and gives you an immediate energy boost.
But, aside from being an instant energy booster, coffee comes with a number of health risks. Read on and find out why you should discontinue this addictive habit as soon as possible.
First of all, regular coffee is full of caffeine, which increases the secretion of stomach acid when consumed on an empty stomach. These elevated levels of stomach acid can eventually trigger a number of serious abdominal issues including stomach ulcers, heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome. Caffeine is a stimulant that causes your adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin. It’s these hormones that trigger a “fight or flight” response, which is a life savior in dangerous situations, but not when you’re at your desktop or breakfast table.
In addition, the cheaper the coffee, the higher its acidity, which only further aggravates these digestive problems. That’s why quality should always come before quantity when buying coffee.
What to do?
Avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated products like soda, chocolate, or tea on an empty stomach. You can still enjoy a cup or two during the day, but never on an empty stomach.
Now, it’s also good to know that the best way to wake up your digestive system is by drinking a glass of water or lemon water. Water is a great detoxifying agent that will eliminate toxins from your body and thus, cleanse your blood. As a result, you’ll feel refreshed and energized.