This is What Happens When You Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach

Are you a zombie? Not an actual dead person that walks the streets, but someone who can’t function in the morning without a coffee?

Then listen up. Your morning coffee could be causing your body to react in ways you may have never thought possible!

From gallbladder retraction to anxiety, blood pressure to concentration levels, that morning cuppa joe may not be as rejuvenating as you think! Before you wake up and put that pot on, take a minute to think about whether it’s going to kickstart your day, or kickstart health problems!

Here are seven issues with your morning routine.

1. Causes Gallbladder Contraction

If you get gallstones often, then you are going to want to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach. Doing so can cause your gallbladder to contract, which means it shrinks in size and stops functioning correctly.

You may notice a loss of appetite, sharp pain, vomiting, jaundice, and diarrhea. While it’s not always something about which to be concerned and can be a regular digestive process, it can be painful and uncomfortable!

2. Anxiety

What would you rather do – start the day a little weary, or be a crippling ball of anxiety? That may be the reality if you start your morning with coffee. There is plenty of research to now show that caffeine in coffee is associated with anxiety.

The condition is known as caffeine-induced anxiety disorder and can cause anxiety attacks and may even grow into phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Cutting out caffeine quickly could be an excellent idea!

3. Concentration

Many people swear by their cuppa joe to get them on their toes in the morning, but how engaged are you in your morning meeting? Are your hands shaking as you try to stay alert? Are you reaching for another teaspoon of coffee to take the edge off?

The truth is, your concentration levels and work performance are at an all-time low when you start with a morning coffee on an empty stomach.

4. Raises Your Blood Pressure

Are you already suffering from hypertension? Then lay off the morning coffee. Those who don’t usually drink a lot of coffee, or suffer from hypertension, may experience high blood pressure from drinking coffee.

The changes can last for around two or three hours, which can be long enough to experience discomfort when you don’t have to! Have a glass of water instead.

5. Fibrocystic Breast Disease

While this one doesn’t necessarily relate to coffee on an empty stomach, it’s essential all the same. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has reported a connection between caffeine consumption and fibrocystic breast disease (FBD).

If you drink between 31 and 250mg of caffeine every day, you had a 1.5-fold increase in the risk of getting the condition, or 2.3-fold if you drank over 500mg.

6. Worsens Menopausal Symptoms

Even if you don’t consume coffee on an empty stomach, you may find that it does nothing to help the symptoms of menopause. If anything, it can make them far worse!

According to the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, caffeine enhances vasomotor symptom annoyance in postmenopausal women – including night sweats, hot flashes, flushes, and vulvovaginal atrophy. If you want your day to go smoothly, start it off with a glass of orange juice!

7. Decreased Cortisol Levels

When you wake up in the morning, your body releases a hormone known as cortisol to make you feel awake. You then use coffee to feel even more awake!

Research shows that once you drink that morning coffee for extended periods, day after day, you are decreasing your cortisol levels instead of increasing them. As a result, you may feel even more tired after your coffee than before it!

8. Affects Your Skin

Want beautiful, glowing skin forever? Then skip the coffee and head straight to work. While research is still limited, what is available currently shows that coffee reduces your collagen synthesis.

This happens in human-cultured human skin fibroblast. While the study is the first of its kind, it shows it may inhibit collagen biosynthesis linked to your skin’s elasticity. What’s more, the dose counts for a lot. The more caffeine you consume, the higher the impact.

This is What Happens When You Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach

9. Miscarriage Risk

Recent studies have found that if you consumed coffee before you became pregnant, you might have a higher chance of miscarrying your baby. Any caffeinated beverages during pregnancy could also contribute.

While the risk is at any time of the day, not just the morning, the most popular time to drink coffee is first thing in the morning. If you are trying for a baby, you might like to cut caffeine out of your diet beforehand.


To many people, losing a cup of coffee in the morning would be like losing a limb! Many Americans can’t start the day without their ground gold, equating to an annual injection of $12 billion into the economy.

However, what if you knew that cup of coffee, and potentially a few more, was doing your body more harm than good? Science speaks for itself. A morning coffee can affect your concentration, blood pressure, skin, and even your menopausal symptoms. It might be time to fill your coffee mug with water and start your day on a healthier note.

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