Why you should never drink coffee on an empty stomach

The first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning is coffee. I don’t function properly until it’s running through my veins, and I know I’m not alone.

Coffee has a lot of benefits. It can both improve memory and reduce the chances that you’ll get dementia and cancer. But it’s not good to drink coffee on an empty stomach—it can be dangerous, according to some studies.

Here are three reasons why you should never drink coffee before breakfast.

Gastric acid


Your stomach contains acids that help break down the food you eat. But before breakfast, your stomach is empty and there’s no food for that acid to break down. So when you pour acidic coffee down your throat, your stomach becomes out of balance.

You might get a stomachache, heartburn, or acid reflux. It is also easier for cancer cells to grow in a coffee-filled stomach, because cancer cells flourish in an acidic environment.



When you take in low doses of caffeine, you become alert, active, and feel euphoric. Higher doses, on the other hand, can cause anxiety and lead to lethargy, especially if you drink a lot of coffee on an empty stomach.

The amount of coffee it takes to make people feel good is different for everyone. Some people might drink bottomless cups of coffee without any problems—while others become strung out after a single shot of espresso. Know how much you can drink and avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach!

Loss of appetite


Studies show that coffee reduces appetite. That could be positive if, for example, you’re on a diet. But it’s never a good idea to skip breakfast.

Your body needs breakfast to get real energy— not just a coffee buzz. So eat something first.

Do you drink a lot of coffee? Or do you know someone who does? Then, please share this information with them so that more people can enjoy coffee without its negative effects.

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