Coffee On An Empty Stomach

There are a few myths about coffee and the effects it has on the human body. One of these myths is that coffee on an empty stomach is bad for you.

Is it really? Let’s have look.

Digestive Problems

Many people have claimed that drinking coffee causes digestive issues, even more so on an empty stomach. This is because there is no food in the stomach to prevent the acid from affecting your stomach lining. This can worsen disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and acid reflux.

Having said all of that, there is no evidence that links coffee to these unwanted digestive disorders, even when you consume it on an empty stomach.

Stress Hormones

Another myth doing the rounds is that drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases stress hormone levels. More specifically, the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol levels are high when you wake up, but levels decrease during the day before it rises again in the evening. A lot of people reach for the coffee maker first thing in the morning when their cortisol levels are high, and before they had breakfast. Coffee can stimulate the production of cortisol, and therefore many believe that is not recommended that you consume it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

But once again, with all that said, coffee can only raise cortisol levels temporarily, if at all. Regardless if you drink it on an empty stomach or not. And only chronically excessive levels of cortisol can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

The Side Effects of Drinking Too Much Coffee

Coffee is generally considered to be a healthy beverage, with black coffee being one of the healthiest types of coffee. However, if you don’t consume it in moderation you may suffer from unwanted side-effects. These can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Raised cholesterol levels

Certain types of coffee can also include additives such as dairy and sugar. Excessive consumption of these additives can also lead to various health problems.

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Drinking coffee on an empty stomach won’t have a different effect than drinking it after you’ve had a meal. While drinking coffee is generally safe, it needs to be consumed in moderation to avoid unwanted side-effects. It is recommended that adults don’t consume more than 400mg per day, and teens between the ages of 12 – 18 years, nothing more than 100mg per day.

If you have an existing health condition, or if your body is sensitive to caffeine, it is best to consult with your doctor first before consuming coffee.