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Certain foods may wreck havoc with your gut if eaten on an empty stomach. In fact, Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at SmartCooky suggests that you should give your digestive system some time to start functioning after long hours of sleep. Also, you should eat breakfast at least two hours after you wake up.
Scroll ahead for some food items that you should not eat on an empty stomach.
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Spicy Food and Red Chillies
Pungent spices and chillies may react with your stomach lining causing an acidic reaction and cramps.
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Sugary Foods or Drinks
Dr. Rupali suggests that its best not to start your day with a tall glass of fruit juice and it may put an extra load on your pancreas that are still waking up. Sugar found in the form of fructose in fruits can overload your liver if eaten on an empty stomach. Processed sugar is worse, so no breakfast desserts or overly sweet smoothies please!
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Aerated drinks are high in carbonated acids. When mixed with the stomach acids, they may cause health issues like nausea and gas.
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Drinking cold and icy beverages on an empty stomach may damage your mucous membrane and make your digestion sluggish. It's best to start your day with some warm water and honey or a cup of green tea instead of iced coffee. Luke warm beverages can help in kick-starting your system.
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Eating citrus fruits on an empty stomach may increase acid production. Moreover, too much fiber and fructose in fruits can also make your digestive system sluggish if eaten on an empty stomach. Fruits with tough fibers like guava and oranges should be avoided.
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Raw vegetables or a salad may not be the best thing to eat on an empty stomach. They are full of coarse fiber which may put an extra load on an empty stomach.
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If this has become a habit, you must break it. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach may cause acidity. It stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the digestive system which lead to gastritis in some people.