Health is wealth kuulpeeps! Health is wealth. And we know that but the discipline to stay away from unhealthy food and sedentary lifestyle on campus is haarrrrd!
But, like we said, health is wealth, which is why we have to try to be more aware of what we eat and how they affect our bodies.
In the same vein, not every healthy food can be eaten at any time. Some foods regardless of how healthy it is may react with the chemicals in the stomach to cause discomfort or illnesses when taken at the wrong time.
Here is a list of some foods you should avoid on an empty stomach:
Indomie, our lifesaver right? No, not really. Spicy foods such as indomie, when eaten alone are too harsh on the digestive system. Spices trigger the release of gastric acid, which further creates the possibility of developing gastric disorders. Say no to kelewele and hot spicy chicken wings on an empty stomach.
Sweets provide a fast energy boost but they make the blood sugar levels quickly fall, which leads to fatigue and irritability. Most sweet food such as ice cream, do not contain healthy nutrients to sustain energy levels or offer other health benefits.
Eating bananas on an empty stomach elevates blood levels of the mineral, which could alter cardiac health and performance. They are rich in magnesium though, so they should definitely be included in your diet, just not on an empty stomach.
The fruits are a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. However, the high level of tannic acid that tomatoes contain also stimulate more acid production in the gastrointestinal tract, which could damage tissues and lead to gastric disorders.
Cold Carbonated drinks
Having chilled coke after hours spent running around campus is an indescribable feeling but very unhealthy. The cold temperature tends to slow blood circulation in the gastrointestinal tract, which slows the digestive process. The carbonation can also be detrimental to the delicate mucosa.
The high level of citric acid that fruits such as oranges contain can damage mucous membranes, cause heartburn and gastritis when consumed alone.
Feels like we’re cutting out everything we love, isn’t it? Wrong! You can still take them after nibbling on some safe food but, if you can’t wait, you can take some eggs, honey, oatmeal, watermelon, cornmeal porridge, bread and nuts! At least before you eat the above-mentioned no-nos!!
Staying healthy should be a major priority… We’ve got this kuulpeeps!
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