We all know that coffee has its benefits. Coffee is an important source of antioxidants and can assist in the prevention of dangerous diseases such as colon cancer.
The antioxidants found in coffee are part of chlorine genic acid, which can also be found in fruits that we consume on a regular basis. Many experts agree that those antioxidant properties which are found in coffee can cause adverse reaction in our bodies, especially when coffee is consumed before any meals have been eaten.
To be more specific, one cup of black coffee on an empty stomach will stimulate the secretion of hydrochloric acid in our digestive tract, which is mostly felt by those people that are prone to gastritis.
Even if you have an otherwise healthy stomach, you may not be spared, as hydrochloric acid is used to decompose food in your stomach. The digestive disturbances caused by this may especially show up in heavy meals which then are particularly difficult to decompose proteins.
Those proteins that remain completely broken down in your body are able to cause numerous health problems, such as commonly known bloating, irritation, or inflammation of the intestines and in the worst case scenario even colon cancer.
Most researchers will argue that it is best start consuming coffee only one full hour after having gotten up and after at least a piece of bread has been eaten. Coffee should not be consumed immediately after waking up because that way, the level of the cortisol in the body is rapidly increasing, so it takes time for the level to be stabilized.
Cortisol is responsible for control of the biological clock and promoting wakefulness. So, a cup of coffee on an empty stomach can cause increased acid, bloating, and even vomiting. If your habits do not allow you to eat breakfast in the morning after waking up, and you can’t start your day without a morning coffee, at least put a little milk or butter to alleviate.