Intermittent Fasting – What Can I Drink While Fasting?

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You’re wondering just what can you drink while fasting? Water is so plain and unappetizing. Here is a list of liquids beside water which you can have that won’t break your fast. Be mindful during your fast because any calories can break your fast.

Some of these drinks may even enhance the effectiveness of your fast. They promote detoxification within your cells and your gut. So what can you drink during your fast?

Coffee

What most people look forward to in their morning routine, you’ll be glad that you can still have your coffee! Keep in mind you need plain black coffee with NO added sugar or milk. Coffee is even recommended to consume during your fast to both keep you alert and curb your appetite making your fasting period a breeze to get through.

The caffeine will also increase your metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels, so if fat loss is your goal during your fast add a nice cuppa to your morning routine.

Avoid the flavoured instant coffee mixers because they always contain substances and sugars that will knock you out of your fast.

I don’t recommend any more than 2 cups of coffee a day, try to stick to 1 cup and leave your 2nd cup for those days you absolutely need it. Overconsumption of caffeine can cause adrenal fatigue.

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea can also be great to curb your appetite and are a good replacement for coffee, if you are over consuming caffeine and worried you may have the onset to adrenal fatigue.

Green Tea – Green tea contains polyphenols that promote heart and brain health. It also contains a very small amount of caffeine.

Black Tea – Contains similar compounds and nutrients to green tea. They are both made from the same leaf after all. However they are processed differently giving black tea a different set of oxidation compounds. Black tea typically has more caffeine than green tea.

Peppermint Tea – Peppermint tea contains menthol which can cool the body internally, helping reduce fever and inflammation. It improves digestion, reduces symptoms of nausea and vomiting and boosts immunity.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is not just good for your cooking recipes. It helps with digestion relieving constipation and bloating. It kills bacteria and parasites in the gut and can help reduce fatigue and muscle soreness. Baking soda also helps balance pH levels in your gut. It can also treat heartburn. Having a teaspoon in your water in the morning can start your day off right.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best supplements to add to your diet in general with or without a fast however it can enhance the effectiveness of your fast. Apple cider vinegar has antibiotic properties that can help kill bacteria in the gut, helps prevent digestion and aids in weight loss!

The acetic acid suppresses appetite, increases metabolism and reduces the amount of water retention in the body. It also helps control blood sugar levels to reduce cravings! Have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water in the morning upon waking and in the evening before bed.