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30 Things People Better Avoid Doing On An Empty Stomach

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… Simi - May 23, 2018
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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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