Everything we do affects our bodies in one way or another. However, our health is more vulnerable when we are on an empty stomach. Our body needs food that it can convert into energy and nutrients in a matter of seconds, which is why it becomes hungry.
However, while we may crave food, there are certain things we should not do when we’re on an empty stomach (at least two hours after your last meal).
- Take anti-inflammatory drugs
Some common anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as paracetamol, aspirin, etc. should not be taken on an empty stomach. First, it will reduce the effectiveness of these medications and can also cause some serious health problems such as stomach bleeding. There are also other medicines that should not be taken on an empty stomach. However, if you have milk, you can take NSAIDs so that the bad effects can be counteracted to a certain extent. If you don’t have milk, try washing it down with plenty of water.
- Morning coffee
Coffee, even decaffeinated ones, tends to build up stomach acid and can lead to heartburn or other digestive problems if taken on an empty stomach. That’s because coffee tends to produce acid in your stomach. If you are in the habit of skipping breakfast and having coffee instead, it can lead to a decrease in serotonin production and keep your mood low throughout the day. If you are addicted to coffee and cannot control it, take it with milk. Milk fat can reduce the ill effects of coffee. Also, choose the natural coffee rather than the freeze-dried variety.
- Alcohol consumption
When you are hungry, the body tends to absorb what you consume at a faster rate. As a result, when you drink alcohol, absorption begins to increase and occurs twice as fast. Even the process of eliminating alcohol from the body will slow down and cause terrible headaches in addition to increasing the effect of alcohol on your heart, kidneys and liver. If you are unable to turn down a drink suggestion, look for soft drinks that the body can absorb slowly. Otherwise, you can have a buttered sandwich with it.
- Chewing gum
Chewing gum produces digestive acid that can damage the delicate lining of your stomach. If you have a lot of gums, this can lead to gastritis. Additionally, it has been studied that chewing gum can make you lean more towards fast food rather than fruits and vegetables. However, if you chew gum, try to choose the ones that contain natural sweeteners like sorbitol or xylitol and not ones that contain cyclamate, aspartame or sugar. And don’t continue chewing gum for more than ten minutes, even if your stomach is full.
- Skip dinner
If you have skipped dinner one day, you must have seen that you were very hungry the next. Low glucose and starvation can lead to a lack of proper sleep during the night and cause a type of superficial sleep. You will wake up early and your hunger hormones will work with increased vigor. But then, you should not eat too much before bed. It is better to choose dairy products that contain calcium and magnesium – both are able to provide you with a good sleep.
In general, it is believed that exercising or training on an empty stomach can burn a lot of calories. However, studies show that fat loss does not happen this way. Instead, there is a lot of muscle loss and due to lack of energy your intensity will decrease as well. Instead of going for an intense exercise routine, one can do aerobic exercise. You can also have a snack before you go for training if you already have some digestive issues. Exercising can lead to the production of more gastric juice which can lead to digestive issues, so be careful.
- Go shopping
Whenever you feel hungry, there is a general trend that you may want to buy more food. However, there is also an increase in the purchase of non-food products. Research shows that when a person is hungry, they may turn to non-food products as well to feel full. However, if you can change your buying methods and go for more cash transactions, you can save money as studies show that people will spend less when they deal with cash.
- Drink more juice containing citrus
Acidic foods contain hard fibers and an acidic base that irritates the stomach. It can cause gastritis or make you susceptible to it. However, if you can combine freshly squeezed citrus fruits in water in a ratio of 1: 1 if you have acidity and a ratio of 2: 1 for other people, it will be useful. Additionally, you can choose other types of fruit as well.
- Engage in arguments
Hunger makes you a little uneasy in your mind. As a result, research shows that when you’re hungry, you can lose control of your sanity and get involved in arguments. So, do not have discussions during this time. But if necessary, get something warm and give it to your partner so that both of you can have a more meaningful conversation.
What can we do?
While these are some of the things that you should avoid when you are hungry, there are some activities that can really thrive when you are on an empty stomach:-
Problem solving skills
When you are hungry, there is an increase in your attention. This may be, according to the researchers, an evolutionary feature since our ancestors focused on getting food when they were hungry. The hunger-regulating hormone ghrelin tends to help stimulate brain activities because of this.
Be more able to make choices
If you’re in trouble with choosing clothes, then you can start thinking when you’re hungry. Studies show that hungry people can succeed in choice-based activities, especially when they are impulsive. But don’t try to use these tactics when you’re trying to sort out issues like relationships or finances!
Health is wealth, and since sleep is closely related to our health and our decision-making, it is best that we avoid going into these things. It will help us live a better life. good luck!