Many of us have the habit to have our first cup of coffee in the morning before we have our breakfast. While drinking coffee is indeed healthy, having it before breakfast on empty stomach in the morning is not healthy at all.
By practicing this common habit, you increase the amount of hydrochloric acid inside your digestive tract which. People who suffer from gastritis especially know the unpleasant effects of hydrochloric acid. When you eat something heavy, this acid doesn’t properly digest proteins. And when protein isn’t fully decomposed and absorbed, it can lead to other digestive issues, such as: acids in the stomach that leads to vomiting and bloating, inflammation of the bowel, irritation and might cause a colon cancer.
The main reason why you are often warned by your doctor not to drink coffee on empty stomach right after you wake up, besides the one mentioned before, is because coffee will increase the levels of cortisol and the body needs a long time to balance them to its normal state. Cortisol is a hormone that controls our biological clock and the ability to stay awake.
All in all, it’s better to have breakfast first and then have your cup of coffee. If you can’t drink coffee after breakfast then it is advisable to add milk or butter to reduce the harmful effects.