Can I drink during intermittent fasting?

in , by The Red Beet, January 08, 2021

There is no direct guide to drinking while fasting, proper hydration during fasting will help avoid headaches, a dry mouth, difficulty focusing and hunger cravings because it will give you the feeling of a full stomach.

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Questions often pop up like, what about coffee, tea or alcohol?

So, let's see about them.

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Yes, if you wish to drink alcohol, you can, but only in your eating window. I suggest you don't start your eating window with alcohol, because your stomach is empty after fasting for a certain period, so you might get drunk very fast. Ensure that you've eaten enough food before consuming alcohol.


Yes, you can drink coffe during your fasting, but this might be the sour part, black coffee is preferred. Without any sweetener, cream or milk. Some say coffee does make fasting easier, especially if you are a regular coffee drinker. Also, some research shows that a splash of cream or a small amount of coconut oil won't harm the fasting period. 

My personal opinion, if you're serious about what you are doing, then do not put anything in the coffee, just drink it black as it is.


Any unsweetened tea is welcomed. Green tea, Black tea, White tea, Herbal tea. The same advice as to coffee drinkers, without any honey or milk. You might try cold brewing the tea. 

To prepare the tea, combine the loose-leaf tea of your choice (one teaspoon of leaves per eight ounces of water) in a pitcher of water - or as strong as you like to have your tea. Allow the tea to infuse for at least 7 hours in the refrigerator, strain out the tea leaves and voila, you can enjoy your cold brew tea.


Big yes! The best beverage you can have is water. You still can add to your water some lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it tastier if it makes it easier to drink, or add a pinch of salt, this way your water will provide you with all the necessary minerals. 

Add quality salt, like pink Himalayan for example. Would you like to consume carbonated water? Sure, you can, because the bubbles will make you feel full quickly.

Let's see which beverages are a no-no. You should avoid those beverages which have calories and sugar.

I am a tea drinker personally, especially favoring herbal teas, then green teas. After tea I drink water, sometimes flavored with lemon.

Whichever beverage you choose during fasting enjoy it "au natural." Tea, for example, on its own, is steeped in water, is calorie-free and antioxidant-rich and may help keep cravings at bay.

! The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet !

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