If you drink a cup of black coffee on an empty stomach, you will trigger the release of hydrochloric acid inside your digestive tract. People who suffer from gastritis are particularly experienced with this occurrence.
This acid works as a ‘violation’ of the food we have consumed. Especially if you have eaten something ‘heavy’ or fatty, it may cause problems with the digestion. This is all due to the fact that the excess stomach acid leads to a difficult digestion of proteins.
If the proteins are not completely decomposed, some issues may occur, like bloating, inflammation of the bowel, irritation and even cancer of the colon.
This problem becomes much worse if you drink coffee on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
that we should not consume coffee in the morning right after we wake up. The coffee will raise the levels of cortisol very fast and the body will not be able to return to its normal state for long time.
This is the hormone that regulates our biological clock and our ability to stay awake. Furthermore, if we consume coffee on an empty stomach we will increase the level of stomach acid, which can contribute to bloating and vomiting.
If you really cannot do this because you are the type of person that does not start their day without a cup of coffee, at least practice one of these tricks that will help you reduce the harmful effects of coffee: add a little milk or butter to your coffee.
Indigestion and Heart Burn Tips
For some people, coffee can be a trigger for acid indigestion. If you’re afraid that’s you, but you love coffee, there may be ways to enjoy coffee without suffering for it every time.
Here are some tips about managing heartburn and some ideas for reducing the likelihood of experiencing acid reflux when you drink coffee.
Diet and lifestyle suggestions and foods to avoid:
- Do not overeat and eat slowly
- Smoking is a common cause of indigestion
- Avoid strong coffee on an empty stomach
- Alcohol especially spirits
- Carbonated drinks (with and without caffeine)
- Fried food or foods high in fat
- Pickled foods
- Acidic foods such as citrus, onions and tomatoes, if these set off your heartburn.
- Fruit should not necessarily be avoided unless they trigger your discomfort but eat the whole fruit
- Avoid processed juices as these are more acidic
- Chocolate, cakes, biscuits, muffins
- Foods that you have discovered trigger your heartburn
- Small and frequent meals or snacks may be better tolerated
- Do not eat large meals, especially late at night..
- Try a tablespoon of crushed linseeds every morning – fantastic for the digestion (contains fibre, antioxidants, healthy fats)
Lifestyle changes which may help heart burn:
- Avoid straining if constipated or if lifting keep you mouth open to equalize your abdominal pressure
- Allow two to three hours to pass after eating before you lie down.
- Raise the head of your bed (eg with two bricks) so that chest is higher than your feet.
- Wear looser-fitting clothing.
- Lose weight, if you are overweight.
- Wait at least two hours after eating before exercising.
- When exercising breath out slowly when straining the stomach or lifting.
- Gentle running is better than weight lifting.
- If swimming learn to breath well as there is a tendency to hold the breath and strain, particularly with breast stroke.
- Keep a heartburn journal to track foods or activities that aggravate your symptoms
- Drink good quality organic coffee with less acidity