What You Can Drink During Your Intermittent Fast

Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. More importantly, it's a way of life. It really has nothing to do with the foods you can eat, but when you eat them.

Relatively simple and straightforward, the most popular way to intermittent fast is the 16/8 Method. This involves skipping breakfast and eating only within an 8-hour period of the day while fasting for the other 16. But the question we often get asked, is what are you allowed to drink during those other 16 hours, in order to not break your fast and lose weight more effectively?

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IF Disclaimer:

Because intermittent fasting does not have extensive research conduction, conclusive evidence is hard to come by. There are studies coming out recently that provide consumers with more scientific evidence that supports what you can and cannot drink, but at this time, the more simple you can keep what you drink, the better.

Save your flavored drinks for later in the day when you're consuming food and keep it simple in the morning. Remember the overall goal - to improve your body's system and give it a reboot itself naturally, every day. Intermittent Fasting is not a one-size-fits-all lifestyle by any means. But it's certainly worth a try!

What Should You Drink During Intermittent Fasting?

The following beverages will help you lose weight in the most effective and efficient way during your intermittent fast, promoting cellular detoxification, a healthy gut, and aid in metabolic reset.

Purified Water or Electrolyte Water

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If it’s hard for you to drink water, then mix it up. You can have carbonated water, or water with electrolytes, to help fight increased fatigue.

Our recommendation, add pink Himalayan salt or rock salt to prevent hyperthyroidism. Including salt and potassium could bring your energy back and reduce fatigue levels. Drink bottled, distilled, or filtered water for added minerals.

Baking soda

what can you drink during intermittent fasting

No, we’re not joking. Believe it or not, baking soda has some amazing health benefits. Drinking baking soda during your intermittent fast can help digestive issues, bloating, fatigue, muscle soreness, and also aids in stomach acidity and pH levels. 

Add 1tsp with water and choke it down

Glauber’s Salt

what can you drink during intermittent fasting

Also known as Sodium Sulfur Decahydrate or neutral salt with a pH balance of 7. This bad boy is traditionally used as a mild laxative but is very effective in helping your intermittent fast.

Drink 5-20g of Glauber's salt with any of the beverages below during your intermittent fast to help reduce bloating and cleanse your digestive tract

Herbal Teas

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Herbal teas taste great and can be extremely calming and soothing after your workout, or at the end of the day. Herbal teas can help stabilize hunger and detoxify your body, help with sleep, reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and reduce body fat. 

Try drinking Green Tea, Oolong, Mint Tea, White Tea, or Rooibos during your intermittent fast to help with hunger and cravings

Coffee

what can you drink during intermittent fasting

I didn’t put this first on the list for a reason. To scare the shit out of you. And yes, it worked. Coffee is life for most of us, especially when you intermittent fast, you can keep drinking this ethnic beauty. Coffee helps burn body fat, has laxative properties, controls better blood sugar regulation, and polyphenol count.

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Drink your coffee black during your fast. Boring is better.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Does Drinking ACV Break Fast? Swolverine 

The secret ingredient to your intermittent fast is Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial properties, no calories, and some superstar minerals such as (potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium) which kills bad gut bacteria, and helps reset your metabolism. Apple cider vinegar does not break your fast, it just enhances it. 

RELATED A Complete Guide To Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar During Intermittent Fasting

Take 1-2tsp with water and lemon juice in the morning to regulate blood sugars and digestion, to increase insulin sensitivity.

Fasted Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water

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Drinking warm lemon water with non-irradiated cayenne pepper doesn't break your fast. Lemon Juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, detoxifying, and immune boosting properties. It’s really the best way to start your day if you're doing Intermittent Fasting for Body Cleansing and Purification properties. If you don't believe that this combination won't break your fast, opt for one of the previous options. 

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We recommend drinking this mixture with a straw so that you don't cause unnecessary erosion from the acidity of the lemon to your tooth enamel. Your dentist will thank you.

What Should You Not Drink During Your Intermittent Fast?

As a general rule of thumb, you should stay away from beverages with sweeteners, since they will cause your body to produce an insulin response (exactly what we're trying to stay away from, during the fasted state). This means that you can not drink any sports drinks including Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Bai, Kill Cliff, Fit Aid, etc. We also do not suggest drinking green drinks, as they will break your fast.

During the fasted state, your body cannot ingest anything with caloric value. That means no juice, no milk, no protein shakes, no milkshakes, no smoothies. Once in a fasted state, your body will increase its ability to burn body fat and reduce your appetite. The first few days can be challenging, but after that, you’ll experience no difference in hunger levels and you’ll actually adapt to the absence of food relatively quickly.

What You Can Drink During Intermittent Fasting: The Takeaway

Of course, you don't HAVE to drink any of these things during your intermittent fast, besides water (duh) if you don't want to. These additions will simply make your intermittent fast more effective in detoxifying your body so that you can reset your metabolism and lose weight faster. 

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19 comments

M

M

Will pure aloe Vera break my fast?

Mildred

Mildred

Can I take tumeric while fasting?

Swolverine

Swolverine

@April,

1 cup of lemon juice contains about 60 calories which breaks your fast. If you’re drinking more than a few tablespoons during your fast, you will indeed break it.

Swolverine

Swolverine

@Sharon,

You can absolutely put AVC in your tea. Often ACV does taste better when warmed up. You can also drink ACV when you’re not fasting.

Swolverine

Swolverine

@Brian

In regards to supplements, we cover this extensively in another article on our blog:
https://swolverine.com/blogs/the_best_crossfit_blog/the-best-supplements-to-take-while-intermittent-fasting-for-athletes

Ali

Ali

Dont drink MCT oil or coconut oil in coffe while fasting, you will definitely break your fast.

April

April

If I juice lemons (the entire lemon in my juicer) and mix with water and ACV will this break my fast? I usually juice about 5-6 lemons, and spread what juice I have between 4 bottles of water and add 1tbs of ACV. I drink 2 bottles a day. Would I still be considered fasting?

David ST

David ST

Although I wasn’t the one asked, I’d say no to Vitamin Water Zero during a fast. Accord to some studies, artificial sweeteners can cause the body to release insulin, even though the blood sugar levels don’t increase (you do not want to increase insulin levels while fasting, increased insulin levels will turn off the body’s fat burning mode and switch to storing glucose as fat).

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php

http://thehealthyadvocate.com/2011/06/16/can-stevia-hurt-insulin-sensitivity-and-lead-to-weight-gain/

Sharon Donovan

Sharon Donovan

Is it ok to put my Apple cider vinegar in with my white tea in the morning while I am still fasting ???

kim

kim

can I drink viamin water zero or bai water when fasting

kim

kim

can I drink viamin water zero or bai water when fasting

Madeleine

Madeleine

I have started IF. I would like to add perrier grapefruit to my hours of fasting.Is this ok. I drink two black coffees in the morning.I would also like to have apple cider vinegar and lemon in H2O and maybe add a little sprinkle of cinnamon.Would i breaking my fast if I do this? thanks for your help.

brian Navarro

brian Navarro

Hello,

I usually work out in the afternoons, and I take supplements, with intermittent fasting, can I take them? Or would there be some restrictions? I take Creatine and Whey Protein.

Arths

Arths

“Drink your coffee black, or with added fat to reduce raising your blood sugar. We suggest (MCT, Coconut Oil, Half-n-Half, or plain creamer) "

MCT, coconut oil and other oils are foods. It’s not fasting.

Inez

Inez

@Fem

From what I’ve seen, people usually have a late night meal (at around 10pm), and they push out the first meal of the day to the afternoon.

So if you’re following a 16/8 cycle, you can have dinner 7-8pm, and have the first at 11am-noon.

Fern

Fern

Hello,

I’m looking at fasting to help lose weight and maintain it. I’m an early bird up by 7 am but in bed by 9 pm. What would be my window time to eat? And is chicken broth ok? I feel I’d like to use instead of coffee or tea. Thanks for your help!

tally

tally

can you drink a green juice during the fasting hours of intermittent fasting
I know water tea and cab are allowed but can I drinks green juice during those fasting hours

Chad

Chad

Can you add the fit & active drink mix to your water during the fast? The box says 10 calories so I’m assuming no.

Barbara

Barbara

Dr. Rhonda Patrick, who studies all the benefits of IF has recently talked about anything that is processed by the liver actually disrupts many of the health/longevity benefits of IF. Coffee, herbal tea…etc. I do take baking soda myself every night before I go to bed. However baking soda apparently isn’t processed by the liver, so it’s okay…

It’s really too bad! This info will likely turn some people off of IF….

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