16 Foods That You Should Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach
As you probably know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Namely, although certain foods we eat for breakfast seem healthy, they’re actually the opposite. Below, there is a list of foods that are good for breakfast and foods that are not recommended as your first meal of the day.
You should avoid:
- High sugar fruit juices-they’re filled with refined sugar which is known to cause sugar spikes which increase your cravings during the day.
- Tomatoes-if you suffer from acid reflux or stomach ulcers, you should definitely avoid eating tomatoes for breakfast. This is because they contain tannic acid which is known to increase the stomach acidity and thus, makes the symptoms worse.
- Coffee and tea-drinking tea for breakfast may lead to discomfort in the stomach and nausea, whereas drinking coffee on an empty stomach may worsen gastritis and acid reflux symptoms.
- Citrus fruits-when you eat these types of fruits for breakfast, an already inflamed lower esophagus can become more irritated.
- Pastry-avoid eating pastry like croissants, since they’re rich in yeast which irritates the stomach lining and may cause flatulence.
- Soda drinks-they may cause damage to the mucous membrane, which in turn lowers the blood supply to the brain and slows down the digestion process.
You should include:
- Oatmeal- oatmeal creates a protective coating around the stomach lining which protects the stomach walls from possible damage from hydrochloric acid. Moreover, it contains a lot of fiber which is good for the digestion, the metabolism of vitamin nutrients, and the balance of the cholesterol levels.
- Eggs-you should definitely eat eggs for breakfast since they prolong the feeling of satiety and contain a lot of nutrients. You can eat them scrambled, boiled, poached, etc. The choice is yours.
- Blueberries-blueberries have a low calorie count, but they’re rich in nutrients that balance the blood pressure, better the metabolism, and enhance the memory. You can add them to salads, oatmeal, etc.
- Watermelon-this delicious fruit supplies you with adequate amount of fluid and because it contains lycopene, it will significantly better your cardiovascular health and your eye health as well.
- Papaya-this tasty fruit is rich in vitamin E and C and fiber, necessary for a healthy digestive system. Papaya also contains papain-an enzyme that improves the digestion and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
- Nuts-there’s no better food for a healthy beginning of the day than nuts. They’re rich in protein and healthy fat and they normalize the pH in the stomach, thus, they reduce the chances of surplus stomach acids and the occurrence of ulcers.
- Buckwheat-an amazing source of iron, vitamins, and proteins, buckwheat is the food you need if you want to better your digestion. You can add it to smoothies, use it to prepare waffles or pancakes, or make buckwheat bars.
- Whole grains-the best time to eat this food is in the morning because the digestive system has more time to burn off the complex carbs. You can prepare whole grain toasts, whole grain waffles, and whole grain pancakes.
- Cornmeal porridge-this food is perfect for breakfast because it increases the feeling of satiety and it also helps in the removal of toxins from the body and in the normalization of the gut flora.
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