drinking water on an empty stomach makes me nauseous

Written by Dr.Bayat
Associate Professor of Orthopedic expert, Brigham Hospital

Drinking water, although it will be vital, can in some cases cause you to feel unpleasant such as nausea; for example, if you drink water after eating a large and heavy meal and you become nauseous, do not be surprised! In these cases, you are uncomfortably full! But it often happens that drinking some water on an empty stomach also causes a feeling of nausea in the person, which can be because your body is in a state of low energy and needs to receive food.

In the following, we will try to pay more attention to the following issue “Drinking water on an empty stomach makes me nauseous.”


Do you experience nausea when you drink on an empty stomach?

Many people may experience nausea after drinking water; this is not a serious and worrying issue, do not worry and do not consider it a sign of a severe illness

You may feel discomfort and burning in your stomach when you drink water on an empty stomach and feel that you will soon vomit.

Here are some conditions that can cause you to feel nauseous after drinking water on an empty stomach. Take a closer look to find the right conditions for you.

  • Nausea due to aggravated digestive disorders:

If you have a history of heartburn and acid reflux into the esophagus, know that if you drink on an empty stomach, your condition will worsen.

You may be fasting if you drink water.

Notice some severe painful belching and burping as well as bloating and stomach pain.

  • When your body takes energy to process water in your empty stomach:

When you have not eaten for a while, your body will not have the power to process the water you drink and will have to use some of your body’s energy reserves, making you feel weak and light-headed. This condition can be accompanied by nausea.

  • Diluted stomach acid:

Dilution of stomach acid causes problems in the digestive process that can be accompanied by nausea.

  • Eat special foods at the last meal:

Sometimes your nausea has nothing to do with drinking water and eating large meals of carbohydrates such as bread, sweets, and pasta. Or high-fat and heavy substances will be the cause of your nausea; for example, you ate a heavy meal of French fries and pizza cheese last night and get nauseous by drinking water in the morning has little to do with your drinking water!

Why does drinking water on an empty stomach cause nausea?


Drinking water on an empty stomach can cause nausea. If you drink a lot of water at this time, your empty stomach will feel uncomfortably full, making your nausea worse. Many people drink a lot on an empty stomach and, unfortunately, worsen their condition, assuming that nausea can be a warning to the body to be dehydrated.

One of the suggested ways is that if you experience nausea by drinking water, drinking the necessary water little by little during the day is better than drinking a large amount of water.

Overhydration and nausea

It is necessary to mention another cause of nausea after drinking water on an empty stomach; this condition will occur when you drink a large amount of water on an empty stomach at once! Drinking too much water over hydrates your body, and it is this hydration that can upset the balance of minerals in the blood. And by changing these balances, by decreasing the concentration of minerals such as sodium and potassium, etc., you will suffer from dizziness, headache, weakness, and nausea.

What happens after drinking water on an empty stomach?

Some studies have shown that drinking water on an empty stomach before eating can increase your metabolism by up to twenty-five percent. Also, drinking water regularly throughout the day can help cleanse and detoxify your body. Still, unfortunately, some of you will not be able to use this method to help your fitness because drinking water on an empty stomach will make you nauseous.

If drinking water for any reason makes you nauseous, you can use the following drinks:

Decaf tea


Water with fresh fruits

Drinking cold water, especially when you quickly drink a glass of ice water, can affect the natural process and movements in the gastrointestinal tract and also alter the digestive juice, so if you eat food, the stomach and gastrointestinal tract in the process of digestion. They will change, and digestion will be slow and incomplete, causing you to experience nausea and bloating.

What to do with nausea after drinking water?

It is best to avoid eating and drinking immediately after nausea and vomiting.

In these cases (especially after each vomiting), it is better to wait a few hours. Then drink a little water to taste or suck ice chips every fifteen minutes. If you feel nauseous by drinking water on an empty stomach, instead of water, you can drink the following to taste and not in large quantities:

  • Sports drinks
  • Clear broth
  • Gelatin
  • Flavored ice
  • Popsicle  or  Apple  juice
  • Flat soda

What can we do to avoid nausea by drinking water?

Use warm water instead of cold water.

Put a little lemon in the water.

Avoid rinsing drinking water immediately.

Try to drink some food before drinking water and then drink water.

Do not drink water with stress and worry.

You can use OTC antiemetic drugs at your doctor’s discretion.

You can use anti-acids if you suffer from stomach acid problems.

Written by Dr.Bayat
Associate Professor of Orthopedic expert,Brigham Hostpital


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