Eating too much may not be a good idea for anyone, but an empty stomach is just as dangerous a situation. The activity we do both before and after a meal can impact our health in a huge way which is why we should always maintain a balance. While there are things never to do on a full stomach, an empty stomach is way more dangerous for certain thing. Here are 9 things you should never do when you are on an empty stomach. The implications can be anything from nausea, to erosion of your stomach lining and bloating or flatulence.
1 Taking NSAIDS
NSAIDS are anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin and should never be taken on an empty stomach. This reduces the effectiveness of the medicine and can also erode the lining of the stomach. It can also put you at risk of gastric bleeding. Paracetamol though not an NSAID should never be taken on empty stomach.
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What you should do
There are certain pain killers and antibiotics that should not be taken on an empty stomach. Moreover medication like prednisone and diabetes medicine metformin should also be taken with food. In the case of narcotic type pain relievers and NSAIDs, you could take them with milk which will reduce the side effects of the drug. For those who are lactose intolerant, drink plenty of water.
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Coffee both the caffeine and decaf variety will stimulate the acid production in the stomach and that might lead to issues of heartburn and digestive issues if you drink it on an empty stomach. One should also never skip breakfast after coffee as that will lead to lowered levels of serotonin and result in a serotonin deficiency putting you in a cranky and irritable mood the whole day. If you can’t do without your cup of coffee in the morning, add milk or cream to it as the milk fat lowers the negative effects. It is better to consume natural coffee over freeze dried.
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When drunk on an empty stomach, the absorption rate of alcohol increases and is the same strength as its intravenous injection. This also slows down the rate of removal of the alcohol products in the body which leads to a bad hangover. When alcohol is allowed to rapidly get absorbed into your system, it put you at higher risk of liver, heart and kidney disease.
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What you should do
If you are in a situation where you just cat refuse the drink because of social issues, then the best thing to do is to opt for cooled non carbonated drinks which get absorbed at a slower rate. Try to eat tidbits, snacks or a small sandwich which contains butter in it as fat slows down the absorption of alcohol.
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