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It feels so good to sip from that first eye-opening, life-restoring cup of coffee in the morning, but are you actually harming your body if you drink it on an empty stomach?

Some reports say yes, claiming the habit could boost acid production in your belly, causing indigestion and heartburn, and amplify the feelings of jitteriness and anxiety.

That may be worrisome if you routinely reach for the dark brew without necessarily eating something first. So we asked two experts to clarify: NBC News Health and Nutrition Editor Madelyn Fernstrom; and Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and a TODAY contributor.

As with many things, it’s not the same for everyone. Much of your response to coffee depends on your health history.

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