Why you should never, ever drink coffee on an empty stomach

For most of us, getting our a.m. coffee fix is an absolute necessity. After all, there’s no better alarm clock than a warm mug of our favorite brew. And you don’t even have to feel guilty about your daily habit; drinking coffee has tons of health benefits, such as protecting your brain from dementia. In fact, here’s exactly what happens to your body when you drink coffee daily. Although there’s nothing wrong with prioritizing your daily java fix, you should be wary of drinking it on an empty stomach.

Why? For starters, coffee can take a serious toll on your digestive system. All that java will jumpstart the stomach’s production of acid, and if you haven’t already eaten something, the acid could damage your stomach’s lining and cause indigestion and heartburn. That goes for decaffeinated coffee, too.

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Brewed Coffee in Fort Worth, TX

Called "the local's living room," this half bar, half coffee shop, half restaurant is worth a visit. 

Third Street Stuff & Coffee in Lexington, KY

Graffiti art never looked so good. This local joint is known for their quirky wall art, incredible murals and funky furniture-decked patio. 

Little Sister Coffee Maker in Manitoba, Canada

Mint green walls, gorgeous tiles and nice people -- that's what this little coffee shop is all about. 

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club’s Olive & Oliver in Waikiki, Hawaii

The boutique hotel's onsite coffee bar reportedly called in local artists to "reimagine the space" and replicate a Hawaiian 1960s vibe. 

Cupcake Café in Playa del Carmen, México

Because who doesn't want to be looking at a decadent cupcake display as they sip their cup of joe? 

Cafelix in Tel Aviv

Often described as the "best cup of coffee" in all of Israel, the spot has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since its opening in 2011.

Maman NYC in NYC

A favorite amongst NYC locals, the French-inspired cafe has 4 exclusive spots across Manhattan.

Zak the Baker in Miami

You can watch bakers make fresh bread and pastries as you await your coffee at this Kosher Miami hotspot -- the line is 100% worth it. 

Cherry Seed Coffee Roastery in Lexington, KY

House-roasted coffee, jungle-inspired murals and gorgeous handmade wood furniture make this spot a must-try.

Du’s Donuts and Coffee in Brooklyn, New York

What's a cup of coffee without a specialty donut? Hint: We're eying the apple cider buckwheat 'nut. 

Freshko Gourmet in Miami, Florida

Lights, camera, brunch. This coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Miami is calling your name. 

Holybelly in Paris, France

Let the smell of savory, crispy bacon and freshly brewed coffee tempt you to a croissant. 

Cafe de las Horas in Valencia 

Neo-baroque design, stunning chandeliers and florals litter this coffee bar, which is also known for its tea, cocktails and bakery goods. 

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But that’s not the only risk. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach “can give you jitters, shakes, and other withdrawal effects, including mood changes,” Dr. Adam Simon, chief medical officer at PushDoctor.co.uk, told Express. It can also increase symptoms of anxiety, as well as boost your heart rate, irritability, and inability to focus.

What’s more, sipping a cup of Joe first thing in the morning actually sabotages your circadian rhythm. Here’s what we mean: Your internal clock releases a hormone called cortisol when you wake up, making you feel alert and energized. Yet contrary to what you might expect, research has shown that consuming coffee actually decreases your cortisol levels. Translation? More often than not, that early morning pick-me-up will backfire, causing you to feel sleepier. Try brewing a cup of joe at the best time of day to drink coffee, instead.

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Joe Coffee

Number of locations: 16

States: New York, Pennsylvania

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Colectivo Coffee Roasters

Number of locations: 17

States: Washington, Illinois

Kaldi's Coffee

Number of locations: 18

States: Missouri, Georgia

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters

Number of locations: 18

States: Washington, Idaho

Woods Coffee

Number of locations: 19

States: Washington

Gregorys Coffee

Number of locations: 26

States: New York, New Jersey

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Number of locations: 26

States: New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Washington D.C.

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

Number of locations: 35

States: California, New York, Washington D.C.

Philz Coffee

Number of locations: 40

States: California, Washington D.C.

Black Rock Coffee Bar

Number of locations: 42

States: Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, California

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Of course, some people have consumed coffee on an empty stomach for years and felt completely fine. If that applies to you, then by all means, continue drinking! But for everyone else, certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, recommends pairing your caffeine fix with a hearty breakfast—or at least a snack if your tummy isn’t rumbling. We suggest these 27 healthy breakfast ideas to get you started.

[Source: PopSugar Fitness, Express]

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