Here's What You Should AND Shouldn't Eat On An Empty Stomach

Here's What You Should AND Shouldn't Eat On An Empty Stomach
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According to, there are some foods that will give you all kinds of trouble if you consume them on an empty stomach. You could end up with embarrassing gas, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, and more if you make it a habit of eating things that strip the lining of your stomach or upset the pH balance.

On the other hand, there are foods that improve digestion, prevent the onset of ulcers, and help balance your gut flora while providing you with a massive amount of nutrients. Now, that doesn't mean you have to give up some of your favorite indulgences--it's all about timing. 

Here is a list of 5 foods to avoid, plus a list of 5 foods to enjoy... all on an empty stomach. Follow these tips and you can put away the antacids and the pink stuff pronto!

Avoid Yogurt

Yogurt is a great source of protein. It is also full of lactic acid bacteria. According to, lactic acid bacteria "are part of a complex structure of microorganisms that recycle, grow and maintain everything from soil, insects, plants of every taxonomy classification, as well as every mammal – all dependent upon lactic acid bacteria for ongoing health." Consuming yogurt on an empty stomach can make the benefits of this bacteria ineffective.

Avoid Foods That Contain Yeast

Yeast can irritate the lining of the stomach and cause gassiness and cramping. So pass on pastries, breads, rolls, and other baked goods that contain yeast until you have eaten something else first.

Avoid Refined Sugar

Whether it is a pastry, sweet dessert, or sprinkled on top of a doughnut, avoid refined sugar when your stomach is empty. Processed foods that contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners may cause liver damage over time. Sugar also boosts insulin levels which puts a strain on the pancreas and could lead to diabetes.

Avoid Coffee

Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases acidity levels. You may experience heartburn and indigestion as the day passes.

Avoid Spicy Food

Spicy foods, as you might imagine, can upset an empty stomach causing gas, indigestion, heartburn, and intestinal discomfort like cramping and diarrhea.

Enjoy Fresh Fruit

Fruit is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and water. It can actually improve digestion, provide a boost of energy, and facilitate weight loss. Perfect for morning consumption, fruit can gently remove toxins from your bloodstream.

Enjoy Oatmeal

Oatmeal coats the lining of the stomach and prevents irritation from your body's naturally-occurring hydrochloric acid (HCL). They are loaded with soluble fiber and aids in digestion. You will also enjoy the benefits of lowered cholesterol over time.

Enjoy Eggs

In addition to improving eye health and lowering triglycerides, eggs are loaded with protein. Believe it or not, eggs are also linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. They are quite satisfying and can help restrict your calories, losing a few pounds along the way.

Enjoy Almonds

Almonds normalize pH levels in your stomach which goes a long way in preventing stomach ailments like ulcers. They are also very satisfying keeping you fuller, longer.

Enjoy Honey

Honey can improve ease of bowel movements, aid in digestion, boost your immune system, and help the body get rid of illness-causing viruses and bacteria.

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