HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK COFFEE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH We all know that the coffee includes a lot of health benefits; however, that is not a case if we drink coffee early in the morning on an empty stomach. So, that means that the timing is important because its consummation, even if it is decaf, on an empty stomach affects our digestive tract, however, the effects go even deeper. Gastrointestinal problems In our stomach, we have hydrochloric acid which is digesting our food. However, drinking coffee on an empty stomach makes the acid production go into overdrive. If this is happening often, our body may lose interest to produce this acid on its own, thus making the digestion slower. However, the problems may evolve into indigestion, heartburn, and irritation of the intestines if the stomach acid is increased. If this is happening for a long time it may lead to bowel syndrome, acid reflux or ulcers. Nutritional issues the coffee is making the food go out of our stomach more quickly. This means that the minerals and vitamins are not absorbed properly, which may cause a deficiency in nutrients. This is also the case with decaf. The problems are with the magnesium because not many people are getting the proper amount of it, while it deficiency may cause many issues such as depression, asthma, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, migraines, kidney disease etc. Anxiety and Depression The people who want coffee as a first thing in the morning actually want the caffeine. However, this increases anxiety and depression because of the following: -The coffee can increase the level of the stress hormones. -It affects the production of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter connected with the senses of well being and calm. -It fastens the secretion of B vitamins and then affects its absorption. The B vitamins are beneficial for relaxation, mood regulation, and management of stress. That is why, it is best to avoid drinking your coffee on an empty stomach, especially if you are prone to some stomach issues.