What to Eat on an Empty Stomach in the Morning
by MedPlus Team, October 23, 2019
How do you start your day? What is the first food you consume in the morning? Do you drink a liter of water? Do you drink warm water plus honey? Or do you like some lemon in it? While these are great options, there are many other best foods to eat on an empty stomach, to ensure improved nutrient absorption. One such amazing way to kick start your day is eating fruits on empty stomach.
Are you thinking “can we eat banana on empty stomach”?. Well, it has been a debatable topic. While it is loaded with nutrition and can be empowering, eating banana on an empty stomach can also be harmful. How? Super-rich in magnesium and potassium, bananas can overload the bloodstream thus posing a potential risk to the heart. Hence banana may not be the best food to eat in the morning on a regular basis. If you were planning to have bananas to gain weight, you can find alternate weight gain foods for quick and safe results.
However, here is a full list of the best foods to eat on an empty stomach:
1.Honey + Water + Lemon:
Drink a glass of lukewarm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey and half a lemon. The minerals, flavonoids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes present in honey helps to clean your gut and keep it healthy. The combination of water and honey helps to flush toxins out on daily basis, boost metabolism and keep you on your feet throughout the day. It also improves digestion and immunity.
Bonus: And of course, honey + water is very low on calories!
Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytochemicals and other essential nutrients that are great for our health. Eat fresh fruits in the morning on empty stomach to boost physical energy, naturally detoxify your system, and aid weight loss.
Made of 90% water and electrolytes, watermelons are super gentle on the stomach and are good to be consumed on empty stomach. Especially great during summers.
It helps in toxin elimination and boosts smooth bowel movement. Papaya is also believed to decrease the bad cholesterol in the body.
Oats provides a coating on the stomach lining. This coat prevents irritation caused from the body’s naturally occurring Hydrochloric Acid (HCl). The high content of soluble fiber in oats aids in digestion and also believed to lower cholesterol.
Almonds are super packed with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients like Manganese, Vitamin E, Proteins, Fibre, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. The best way to eat almonds is to soak around the almonds overnight and eat them in the morning. Eat around 8-10 almonds every morning.
Tip: The skin of almonds is not easily digestible and also contain phytic acid. Phytic acid is observed to impair the absorption of minerals like Zinc, Iron etc. Thus for these two reasons, peel the skin off and eat the inside of the almonds.
Bonus: Soaking the almonds overnight makes the skin soft and you can easily peel it off.
Fresh amla juice should not be mixed with tea or coffee (keep a gap of at least 60 mins). Rich in Vitamin C, amla helps in boosting immunity. According to Ayurveda, the consumption of amla on regular basis is believed to increase one’s lifespan. The alkalinity of amla strengthens the digestive system and also helps in maintaining great skin, hair and eyesight.
Eggs provide a diverse range of health benefits – the main one being, it keeps you full for a longer time thus keeping you at bay from overeating or untimely munching on foods. Being high in calories, eggs make you consume lesser calories throughout the day thus aids fat reduction in the long run.
Instant energy to kickstart your day! The soluble fibers present in dates help in maintaining a great digestive health and relieve constipation. Also, the potassium found in them are believed to treat stomach upset and treat diarrhea.
Go ahead and make use of this list for maximum absorption of food for nutrients.