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30 Things People Better Avoid Doing On An Empty Stomach

18. Sugar It should go without saying at this point that sugar is bad for you. If you can, you should not consume it at all.… Simi - May 23, 2018
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18. Sugar

It should go without saying at this point that sugar is bad for you. If you can, you should not consume it at all. There is no nutritional value, and if you are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it should be unceremoniously turfed form your house entirely. But sugar is quite tasty, and many people would rather limit their intake than get rid of it completely. If this is the case, then at least keep the following things in mind. Even though refined sugar is bad for the body, it gets absorbed incredibly quickly. You probably have noticed this effect after eating too many sweet things. The result is a surge in energy which is always accompanied by a drastic slump. This is very noticeable in children who have been left to their own devices.

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While the slump after overeating sugar may seem annoying at worst, it can be very dangerous in the long run. If a person is consistently consuming too much sugar, the body stops being able to deal with it. The mechanisms which control the release of insulin into the bloodstream get exhausted, and if left to degrade, one could land up with diabetes. The effect of sugar on the body is especially dangerous if a person as an empty stomach. What lands up happening, is that the sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream in one massive dose. This results in an enormous insulin response which naturally brings about an enormous energy slump once the glucose has been dealt with. This is quite possibly the worst way to start your day.

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19. Don’t swim

If your exercise of choice is swimming, you probably take your regular swim in the mornings, before eating breakfast. But swimming on an empty stomach is not a good idea, experts say. If your body is well-fueled, you can work out at high intensity, leading to better fitness over time. Eating before swimming or any other kind of exercise can top up your body’s level of glycogen, which is the body’s way of storing carbohydrates. These carbs are what give you the energy to exercise.

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Without refueling before swimming, you run the risk of low energy and a lower intensity workout, which is less beneficial. Eating a pre-workout meal delivers fuel for the muscles and brain, settles the stomach and stomach acids, and prevents low blood sugar symptoms like blurred vision, fatigue, and light-headedness. Before swimming, eat a small meal about 30 to 60 minutes before beginning.

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20. Don’t drive

If you travel on an empty stomach, you are more likely to suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness can affect just about anyone in any kind of moving vehicle. The symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and discomfort are caused by sensory confusion when your inner ears and eyes receive conflicting information about what is moving around you.

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It’s far easier to prevent motion sickness from happening in the first place that it is to treat the symptoms at the time. If you are prone to motion sickness, make sure you never travel on an empty stomach. The best thing to do is eat a light meal 45 to 60 minutes before traveling. Try a spoonful of peanut butter with some crackers or pretzels, or a couple of slices of turkey. Your stomach is likely to feel more settled after having a light pre-travel snack, and you’ll be less likely to vomit.

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21. Don’t negotiate

When entering a business negotiation, science says you need to plan not only what you’re prepared to put on the bargaining table, but also what food you eat before you start. Research conducted by Cornell University and Dartmouth College found that undergraduate students felt more entitled when they were hungry than when they weren’t. The researchers defined entitlement as a person’s belief that they deserve positive outcomes more than others.

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Entitled people tend to behave selfishly and find it hard to take the perspective of others. They’re also more likely to be dishonest and have problems getting along with other people. The explanation might be that when you’re hungry, you focus on your immediate needs, rather than the needs of others, leading to a sense of entitlement. So make sure you don’t try and negotiate a business deal on an empty stomach. You’re more likely to behave unethically and selfishly.

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22. Don’t go to work

You know what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day? Well, nothing’s changed, and if you aren’t making breakfast a non-negotiable, you’re doing yourself and your health a disservice. If you want to perform at your best throughout the day, a healthy, balanced breakfast is essential to kick-start your metabolism and keep you fueled until your mid-morning snack.

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After having no food for a whole night, your body needs refueling like a car needs petrol. You can’t run on an empty tank! You should eat a healthy breakfast that provides from 20 to 35% of your daily calorie and nutrient requirements within two hours of waking up. Research shows that breakfast is also good for the waistline. Studies have found that those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to be thinner and closer to their ideal weight than those who don’t.

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23. Don’t take the kids outside

If your stomach’s empty, avoid taking the kids out to play or for a walk in the park. As all parents know, children are bundles of energy who need regular outings to get rid of excess energy. While you might ensure that your children have something in their tummies when they go out and that you’ve packed snacks for nibbling on, you might have forgotten yourself.

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To help you cope with the demands of boisterous kids, you’re going to need a healthy snack or even a meal before you can easily meet the energy demands of your kids. So, while the kids have their own snack, make sure you have one too. What about avocado toast, or a sugar-free, low-fat granola bar? Hummus with veggie sticks are a great hunger-buster, and a cucumber and cottage cheese sandwich will fill the gap. All snacks are kid-friendly, too.

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24. Don’t take a sauna

Although it’s a really bad idea to take a sauna after eating a full meal or heavy, rich food, taking a sauna on an empty stomach is not advisable either. The best thing to do before having a sauna is to eat something light such as a piece of fruit or two. This won’t make you feel uncomfortably full, but will also prevent you from getting dizzy or light-headed from low blood sugar.

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After your sauna is over, you probably won’t feel like eating much, so stick to a light meal before getting back into your usual routine. Other things to do when you’re about to take a sauna is to take off your jewelry because metal heats up in a sauna and could burn you, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and apply an appropriate aromatherapy oil such as lavender for even more relaxation.

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25. Don’t eat spicy foods

When your stomach is empty of food and drink, it is more sensitive than usual. This is because the food you have eaten has been digested by your system. It follows that after a night of no food and drink, the first thing you put in your mouth in the morning is very important. If your stomach is empty, try to avoid eating spicy foods or anything containing chilies. Pungent spices can irritate the lining of the stomach, and lead to acidity and cramping, as well as indigestion.

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Many other substances directly irritate the stomach and esophagus lining and can contribute to heartburn. Apart from spicy foods, tomatoes and tomato sauces, citrus fruit and citrus fruit juices, aspirin, ibuprofen, and cigarette smoke can irritate your stomach. These should all be avoided on an empty stomach to avoid damaging the stomach lining and the development of hyper-acidity symptoms. Break the fast with alkaline foods instead.

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26. Don’t eat yogurt and other fermented foods

One of the benefits of eating yogurt and other fermented foods is that they provide the gut with valuable ‘good’ microbes that aid digestion and prevent digestive problems. These bacteria are essential for a properly-functioning digestive system. The problem with eating yogurt on an empty stomach is that an empty stomach is full of hydrochloric acid. This acid, which aids digestion, also, unfortunately, kills the ‘good’ lactic acid bacteria found in yogurt. This renders the yogurt useless from a microbial point of view.

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Although eating yogurt and other fermented foods on an empty stomach won’t do you any harm, you won’t get the bacterial benefits. This is why eating so-called ‘live’ yogurt for breakfast is actually not a good idea. If you are going to eat yogurt, save it for later in the day when your stomach isn’t completely empty for maximum benefits to your gut biome.

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27. Don’t consume bananas

As the saying goes, we should breakfast like a king. But we often don’t have much time to prepare anything nutritious to sate our empty morning stomachs. That means we often grab something as we fly out the door, and what’s easier than a banana. It comes with its own protective covering, it’s full of minerals, and it doesn’t need to be washed.

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Eating bananas on a full stomach might not be such a good idea after all. This is because bananas are high in magnesium and potassium, two essential minerals for health. But when you eat bananas on a completely empty stomach, the levels of these minerals in the blood spike, leading to an imbalance. This can have an adverse effect on the cardiovascular system’s ability to maintain pumping, with possible serious consequences for the heart. So, leave the bananas for later in the day, when your stomach isn’t empty.

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28. Don’t have sex

According to some experts, many women develop a love-hate relationship with their bodies and food as they grow up. Food and sex are both sources of pleasure, but some women end up feeling ashamed at experiencing the pleasure of food. This shame gets extended to other sources of pleasure such as sex. Instead, they say, women need to learn to believe that they deserve to experience pleasure with both eating and sex.

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A study discovered that women who ate healthy snacks during the day were more likely to have sex at night. And the secret is in the ‘healthy.’ Eating a donut or a bag of chips is not going to make you feel as sexy as a healthy snack is. An empty stomach, on the other hand, is not the ideal time to have sex. You won’t have much energy, and you’ll feel more fatigued than if you had had something to eat beforehand.

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29. Eat tomatoes

You may find this particular entry a little surprising. Most of us are told to eat tomatoes ever since an early age. Our parents and friends put it in almost every dish as one of the seminal ingredients for every even remotely healthy meal. Not only are they full of water and an excellent hydration choice, but they also contain one of the most important vitamins – vitamin C. This is precisely why tomatoes are bad for you whilst on an empty stomach.

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Vitamin C, if you didn’t know, is technically ascorbic acid. If you eat a tomato on an empty stomach, it will react with your stomach acid and create a highly acidic environment. Such a reaction can cause bloating, nausea and even diarrhea. You can eat tomatoes as much as you want, but there should always be an addition or a base that can prevent the acid levels from rising.

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30. Spray pesticides

Even though pesticides are getting banned in more and more countries due to food quality concerns, some countries still allow farmers and agricultural workers to apply them to the cultivation of plants. While there are regulations concerning facial protection and the blockage of airwaves, spraying pesticides is still a dangerous thing to do, and it can impact your health. It is especially true when you’re on an empty stomach.

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Why is this the case? Well, when your stomach is empty, your body is yearning for food. Food gives you the needed strength and fuel to be able to function. Because pesticides are heavy chemicals, they will impact your body much more if you haven’t eaten anything. Because of this, it’s important to pay attention when you have to do yard work or when you’re at a farm. Be sure to eat something and use a high-grade mask to protect yourself.

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