But you might be surprised to learn that drinking coffee first thing in the morning — particularly on an empty stomach — is a terrible idea.
Why? Let’s take a look at a few reasons.
1. Stomach AcidYour stomach contains hydrochloric acid, which, at the right level, helps your body digest food efficiently.
When your stomach is empty, this acid doesn’t really have much to work with, so it can slosh around and cause abdominal distress.
Downing a cup of coffee on that empty stomach adds to the problem by placing even more acid in your body.
When you go through your morning on an empty stomach, you decrease your brain’s ability to properly process serotonin. Serotonin is the “happy, calm hormone.”
When your brain is unable to process this hormone properly, it causes anxiety and depression
Throwing a cup of coffee on top of that empty stomach causes even more anxiety by boosting your body’s cortisol and adrenaline levels.
That will leave you feeling jittery, nervous and weak.
3. DehydrationAccording to Dr. Adam Simon of PushDoctor.co.uk, drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the amount of fluid your body passes and can result in dehydration.
If you’re like many Americans in the morning, you’ll likely respond to that dehydration by reaching for yet another cup of coffee, making things even worse for yourself.
When I used to drink coffee first thing in the morning, I remember telling myself that I would eat a solid meal after I got some work done.
4. Loss of Appetite
That would never happen. I just wouldn’t have the appetite.
Coffee has that effect on the body – it’s one of the reasons why coffee is so effective at helping you lose weight.
But while coffee can be a great way to suppress your appetite at certain points in the day, the morning should not be one of those points. You need breakfast. In the long run, if you skip it, you’ll actually gain more weight than coffee could ever help you shrug off.
So when should you drink coffee?Researchers have pinpointed the ideal times, and it turns out that if you eat a good, healthy breakfast you can enjoy your coffee completely guilt-free between 10 a.m. and noon!