What Can You Drink While Intermittent Fasting?
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Whether you’re doing a fast for religious reasons, to prepare for an upcoming surgery, or to lose weight and improve your health, there are some things you need to know before you start your fast…
Like “What can you drink while intermittent fasting?”
Although there are plenty of things you need to worry about on a fasting, one of the most important things is to stay hydrated.
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You do need to be careful about what you drink while you’re fasting as some drinks may prematurely end your fast an could cause health issues.
That’s why it’s important that you know exactly…
What You Can Drink While Intermittent Fasting
Fasting, which is depriving your body of food for religious or health reasons, has quickly become a way to lose weight and improve health.
Some benefits of intermittent fasting include:
• Improved mental clarity and concentration
• Weight and body fat loss
• Lower blood sugar and insulin levels
• Possible reversal of type 2 diabetes
• Increased energy
• Better fatty acid utilization
• Boost in growth hormone levels
• Lower blood pressure
• Lower total and LDL cholesterol
There are many different reasons why people fast, but a lot of people use intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight.
During intermittent fasting, you should avoid eating foods or liquids that would provide your body with calories.
Anything about 50 calories will shift your body out of the fasted state, therefore you may lose some of the fasting benefits.
Although avoiding foods may be easy…
Knowing what you can drink while intermittent fasting may be a little trickier.
Some religious fasts, for example, allow you to have fruit or fruit juices during your “fasting” window, which could add unnecessary calories to your day.
But a true fast restricts any foods or drinks that contain any calories, unless you’re medically required to do so.
So what exactly can you drink while fasting? Great question!
If you’re looking for drinks you can have while you’re fasting, here are some options for you:
Clear liquids are a great way to keep yourself hydrated while you’re fasting.
However, clear liquids don’t offer much in the form of nutrients your body may
need to stay healthy.
The reason why clear liquids work so well is because they have little to no calories in them, plus they keep you hydrated.
When you’re fasting, you may want to think about having plenty of water, black coffee, broth, apple and cranberry juices, and Amla Green Tea.
Although most clear liquids don’t offer much in the form of nutrients, Amla Green Tea is different.
Made from a blend of Indian Gooseberries and Oolong Green Tea leaves, Amla Green Tea may flush your body with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals when the time is right to soothe internal inflammation and repair cells.
TIP: In order to avoid breaking your fast, clear liquids with calories (such as apple and cranberry juice) should be kept to a minimum, as anything over 50 calories will shift your body from a fasted state to a fed state, therefore shutting off some of the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Some fasts may allow you to have low-calorie soups and broths in order to give you essential nutrients your body may need to keep you satisfied while during your fast.
Besides the nutrients soups may give you, they may also ease stomach discomfort and aid in digestion.
Most of the time, a soup base is made from water, which could keep you hydrated, plus may bring you a feeling of satiety (or the feeling of fullness) after you’ve had a few sips.
But there may be one downside to soups…
And that is: calories! In order to keep your fast going, steer clear from soups that are high in calories and ones that may be more than just broth.
One question that I always get when discussing drinks you can have while intermittent fasting, would be “can I have lemon water during a fast?”
As you know, water is a great clear liquid that keeps you hydrated during your fast. But a lot of people like to add lemon or other citrus fruit to their water to make it more appealing.
The only problem is: Lemon juice may actually break your fast. Depending on how much juice you’re using, you could be adding calories to your day.
Although lemon water may be a great way to make water taste better, the lemon juice could stimulate your liver, in such a way, that it breaks your fast.
There are other ways to make your water more appealing without breaking your fasted state. Adding electrolytes, minerals, and antioxidants to your water could provide your body with the nutrients it needs, without breaking your fasted state.
TIP: There are plenty of zero calorie beverages that could hydrate you and provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs at just the right time. THIS is our go-to drink (and it should be yours) while we are on our fast
The Final Word On Fasting
Fasting is a method of voluntarily depriving yourself of food, for a set time, in order to accomplish a goal.
It could be for religious reasons, to protect your health from chronic diseases, or even to boost your overall weight loss.
Since you’re not eating any foods, and you’re staying in a fasted state, you may see benefits in insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control, and lower cholesterol numbers.
Although you’re not taking in any food, it’s important to understand what you can drink while on your intermittent fast.
Clear liquids, such as water, mineral water, coffee, broth, teas, and soups may be some great options that keep you hydrated while maintaining your fasted state.
However, if they do contain added calories, this could kick your body out of the fasted state and into a fed state, therefore limiting the benefits of your fast.
That’s why it’s important that you know, and understand, which drinks can break your fast and which ones do not.
One powerful drink, Amla Green Tea, is one of the easiest ways to hydrate your body and flush your body with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep it healthy and reduce your inflammation levels.
Plus, Amla Green Tea allows you to enjoy a smooth, rich drink while maintaining your fasted state and giving you all the health benefits during your fast.
Bathe Your Body With Nutrients It Needs While Maintaining Your Fasted State With Amla Green Tea
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.
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