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THE BEST DRINKS FOR INTERMITTENT FASTING

THE BEST DRINKS FOR INTERMITTENT FASTING

Our parents grew up on three meals a day but the latest nutrition trend has more people setting their stopwatches and putting down the fork. Known as intermittent fasting, this dietary strategy involves eating in regimented feeding and fasted periods to promote greater health and weight loss.  

Whether fasting overnight, doing Leangains 16:8, or alternate-day fasting, there will be a chunk of time when you're consuming no food. Luckily, you can still drink beverages that have no/low calories.  

The right kinds of drinks can make intermittent fasting easier on the body and mind. Feel full, stay hydrated, and maintain energy with these drinks that help intermittent fasting.  

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WATER 

People who are used to eating immediately upon waking may find intermittent fasting easier if they drink more water. A significant amount of water we consume in a day is derived from our food, so it's essential to drink water during fasting periods.  Water can create a sensation of fullness, reduce headaches, and cure dehydration. We suggest natural spring water with a balanced pH and natural minerals and electrolytes. 

TIP: Add flavor without breaking your fast by squeezing fresh lime or lemon in your H2O. But try holding off until your fast is nearly over. Lemon can promote digestive enzymes that prime the gut for eating.  

SPARKLING WATER 

The rise of more options in unsweetened sparkling water has been a faster's dream. No calories with the carbonated texture of soda, drinking sparkling water both hydrates and satisfies. Especially chilled, sparkling water has been proven to quench thirst better than still water. Since hunger often masquerades as thirst, a can of bubbly water will get you through the final hours until eating. Sparkling mineral water like Saint-Geron, for instance, may also aid digestion of the food processed during fasting periods.  

TEA 

More flavor and caffeine than plain water, tea is allowed during intermittent fasting as long as it's not packed with sugar and calories. Zero-calorie or super-low-calorie tea (i.e. this 5-calorie Craft Brew), can have good natural sweetness from herbs, spices, and fruit-derived flavor, making a fasting period feel less restrictive (and you more likely to stick with it). Natural tea is also fortified, meaning a slew of additional benefits are imparted, like antioxidants and flavonoids. Enjoy it hot or cold... just keep the honey in the bear.   

COFFEE 

Most intermittent fasting involves skipping breakfast, but that doesn't mean coffee is off the table. Plain black coffee is approved and even recommended during a fast. Some fasters swear by it, allowing them to feel energized and sustained until lunch. Other fasters who enjoy java with creamer, sugar, and sweetener hold off until mid-day for a more extravagant cup. Experiment with plain coffee in the morning and see if it helps your fasting period. Craving flavor? Try a shake of cinnamon. If you must add a splash of cream, make sure it's under 40 calories. If coffee makes you very *ahem* regular, you may wait to make it a small cup and wait for a second serving mid-day.  

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

Not for the faint of taste, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) has been a favorite among intermittent fasters for its purported effects of lowering blood sugar levels and aiding digestion. A single bottle goes a long way. Mix one tablespoon with hot, cold, or sparkling water. A shot of undiluted ACV may upset your stomach. ACV brings with it a boost of minerals like potassium and helps regulate electrolytes.  

CONCLUSION: It's essential to hydrate during intermittent fasting. Not only do the right drinks keep your body healthy and balanced during periods of no foods but beverages can help the hours pass. Using these drinks to change your thought process from 'I can't eat' to 'I can drink these delicious beverages.'