Liquids to Drink While Fasting
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Have you ever wondered what you should drink while fasting? Well, you’re not alone.
When it comes to eating and drinking on a fast, many people find it to be very confusing.
We want to clear up that confusion, and give you some good ideas on the specific liquids to have while doing a fast—and how they can benefit your health, and make your fast wildly successful.
After all, if you’ve taken the time to learn, decipher, and plan your fast…
…you don’t really want to screw it up by doing something that could ruin it! One of the most common questions that come up when preparing for a fast is:
What am I allowed to drink while fasting and why?
This is a great question that we are about to get to the bottom of…
Should You Drink While Fasting?
Despite what the name entails, fasting is not a way to starve yourself from nutrients your body needs. It’s about strategically planning your meals, in order to reap plenty of health benefits.
Fasting has been associated with:
But there may be questions you have before you start your fast. Like, “what can you drink during your fast?”
Before we get into that, let’s briefly go over what intermittent fasting is.
Feeding vs. Fasting
Intermittent fasting alternates between a feeding and a fasting window. Depending on which protocol you follow (16/8, or 24 hour), you may skipping one or two meals.
But there are rules to what you can eat and drink during each stage. During the feasting stage, you basically eat two meals, and possibly some snacks.
You can have water, tea, or anything else during this stage that you may like (eating healthy, low-fat, plant-based food options may be best for stabilizing blood sugar, lowering heart disease risks, and possibly preventing cancer).
During the fasting stage, there are more stringent rules on what you can eat or drink.
When you’re fasting, you should refrain from eating any type of food or drinking anything that contains calories.
Even though you’re unable to eat any food, there are plenty of liquids available to you that could enhance your fast and make your experience much more pleasurable.
That’s why we have come up with a list of…
Liquids You Should Drink For Fasting...
The first thing to understand is this: Even though you are fasting, you do need to stay properly hydrated.
The reason for this is pretty simple:
Avoiding water may be detrimental to your health—and could cause adverse health conditions to occur.
That’s why, on most fasting diets, water is highly recommended.
Here are some of the top liquids to have if you are fasting:
Water is the best option when you’re doing a fast. It has zero calories, therefore automatically making it fit in your plan.
It helps fill up your stomach, therefore making you feel full. This sends a signal to you brain that helps cut down on your hunger and food cravings.
You can infuse your water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or berries, which adds a natural sweetness to it.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners and enhancers, as they may cause unsafe spikes in insulin, which could lead to cravings.
On a complete fast, men are recommended to drink 15 cups and women 11 cups a day.
Tea is a great addition to any fast. Black tea, oolong tea, and others, have been shown to reduce hunger, provide beneficial antioxidants, and may increase the benefits of your fast.
Amla Green tea powder is a go-to choice for many who are following an intermittent fast. This is because it blends dark green oolong tea with amla. Amla, commonly known as the indian gooseberry, has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit on the planet. The antioxidant content in amla berries dwarfs that of acai, goji, pomegranate and even turmeric.
People fasting have been buzzing about Amla Green because it helps them fight hunger and gives them a jolt of antioxidants when their bodies are ready to absorb nutrition the most.
By itself, coffee is a great drink. It’s filled with powerful antioxidants that your body needs to repair cellular damage caused by free radicals. Some studies even show that coffee may increase the production of ketones, which could accelerate your weight loss and body fat burn.
It’s another calorie-free beverage, and one that many people use during a fast. However, some people have reported adverse reactions when drinking coffee on a fast.
Since is nothing in your stomach to absorb the coffee, some people may experience an upset stomach, acid reflux, or get the shakes.
If coffee is your go-to drink during your fast, be sure to keep the cream and sugar out of it to avoid blowing your fast with excess calories.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
For years, people have been turning to Apple Cider Vinegar as a way to fix almost every health ailment. And if you currently use it, there’s no reason to stop just because you’re on a fast.
Apple Cider Vinegar may help regulate blood sugar, therefore aiding in proper digestion and maintaining healthy insulin levels. This could keep your blood sugar in check and preventing common digestive issues.
Final Thoughts On Fasting
Although many people start a diet plan, they may fail because the plan may be too complex, confusing, or could be way too restrictive. The intermittent diet plan can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight and improve your health.
Drinking the right liquids during your fast is a great way to fight off hunger and boost your results - but knowing what to choose can be confusing.
Alma Green Tea can curb your hunger, stabilize your blood sugar, and infuse your body with the powerful antioxidants it needs stay health and vibrant.
Infuse Your Body With The Antioxidants It Needs To Stay Healthy And Strong.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
- Kevin DiDonato