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Drinking Coffee on an Empty Stomach: 3 Surprising Things That Can Happen

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Do You Know What Happens When You Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach?

When it comes to coffee, a lot of us have made it part of our morning ritual. Not only do most Americans start their day with one, but they also drink coffee on an empty stomach, as most of them have gotten into the habit of having coffee be the first thing they ingest. Having coffee in the morning is such a popular beverage that it is one of the most consumed ones, coming in second place in the top right behind water.

Coffee can actually be beneficial to our health, as it is known to keep us alert and curb the tiredness we may be feeling. What’s more, it is a mood booster, aids us when doing physical exercises or activities, and even improves brain function, in addition to the weight loss properties and protection from certain types of illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and even heart disease!

However, you may have heard that drinking coffee on an empty stomach is bad for your health! Is it true? There are some concerns about coffee, and some of them may be linked to drinking coffee on an empty stomach. We have gathered all the relevant information here so you too can stay informed!

Keep reading to discover all the secrets behind drinking coffee on an empty stomach!

Is coffee the first thing you drink in the morning? Share your routine with us in the comments!

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26 thoughts on “Drinking Coffee on an Empty Stomach: 3 Surprising Things That Can Happen”

  1. I drink a lg coffee in the morning first thing with 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon cacao and 1 scoop vital proteins in it. Other than making me gabby I don’t have any issues with it. then I eat a meal about 4/5 hr. later.

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    1. I drink one cup of coffee every morning on an empty stomach. Doesn’t seem to cause any problems.
      Lynne

  2. I drink a 12 cup pot daily. I add milk/creamer to it. I never had any issues. I have done this for many many years. My health is better then most people My age.

  3. Yes, every morning I perk my coffee on the stove (the old fashioned way).I am very fond of my own coffee. It seems to have done no harm on an empty stomach…I feel rather full, but I eat a small meal later.

  4. I have been a coffee drinker for years. I drink it every morning about three or four cups prior to having breakfast. At 81 coffee is definitely my go to drink. I usually prepare the coffee pot the night before so I can turn it on first thing in the morning.

  5. I drink coffee and find the best way is in the morning, black. It’s a wonderful way to start my day. It actually promotes my first bowel movement. I usually drink the dark roasts, like Italian roast from a Keurig pod. It smells wonderful and robust.

  6. Coffee used to bother my stomach but itr was cuz I had Crohn’s disease as of now It.no longer bothers my stomach anymore either way empty stomach or not I generally drink it on an empty stomach

  7. As a migraine sufferer, I have found that drinking coffee on an empty stomach can trigger those types of headaches.

  8. According to my physician, there is a definite link with caffeine and acid reflux. Now sure if it makes a difference when you drink. But avoiding caffeine is highly recommended for people with reflux and even IBS. I am not a doctor I only know what I have been told. I mostly drink a mixture of 80% decaf, with 20% Colombian., sometimes on an empty stomach and other times after a meal. Either way, I have no intention of quitting, at least not right now. 😛

  9. Roger Immerglick

    I am 80 years old and drinking COFFEE on a empty stomach all my life and I am in excellent health

  10. 3 large freshly ground tablespoons of organic fair trade coffee in a stainless steel insulated French press….1.5 tablespoon organic heavy whipping cream, 1.5 tablespoons of honey from my bees.

    Been doing it every morning the same way for 25+ years.

  11. …Everyone in the world who has ever consumed a cup of coffee knows that the number one effect on most consumers is that 30 minutes into enjoying the cup of coffee…you have to pee. For those of us old enough to know…as you age…the effect of the coffee / caffeine can excite your bladder for hours. I get why someone would want to consume coffee, as it does get your motor running…and in my parents era, it certainly burned off that hangover from the night before. However, I drink coffee….(four sugars, four creams…or preferably…chilled containers of cream and sugar dispensers)…because it tastes great. But I plan my coffee drinking to insure I will be near a restroom…poste haste! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  12. I have been drinking coffee on an empty stomach for over 50 years and have never had a problem with it. I drink 2 large cups every morning.

  13. I drink coffee in the morning but find that if I don’t eat something first I become nauseated so I now have a slice of toast before drinking coffee!

  14. When in high school, I had migraine headaches. I noticed that whenever I started drinking hot, strong black coffee, they went away. I am now 80 and still drink a lot of black coffee. Out of concern, my son advised me that he wanted me to limit my consumption to two (2) cups a day. In my best effort to comply, I went out and bought a 28 oz. coffee cup. That sort of works but sometimes I still go for a third or fourth cup. . . . I drink it first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. No plans or reason to stop. I require no maintenance meds and still work full time with enough energy to put younger people well behind.. All blood work is excellent. Charter member of the world’s largest fraternity: Getta-cuppa-coffee . . .

  15. I drink my coffee in the morning on an empty stomach with an tsp unsweetened Hazelnut Creamer, 1 scoop of Collagen and 1 ounce of Unsweetened Almond Milk plus 3 packets of sweet and low. I don’t have any problems and seem to do well…

  16. I drink Folgers half and half coffee with a flavored creamer on an empty stomach and have been doing this for about a year. Sometimes, I will eat a banana too in the am. No health issues from drinking coffee on an empty stomach. It keeps me full until lunchtime!

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