Bone broth is another great option for a fast, especially at the end of your fast when you are about to ease into your eating window. Bone broth contains natural collagen, which is great for your hair, skin, and nails but also your joints and gut health. In fact, it’s one of the things I recommend most frequently to my patients with gut problems such as leaky gut syndrome, candida overgrowth, and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
Remember when I said that I love tea? Well, I meant it. And while not technically from the tea plant, herbal teas are one of my favorite things to consume during a fast. You can choose any type of herbal tea as long as it’s got no added sugar, but some of my favorites are:
- Chamomile — For a calming sensation
- Ginger — For calming inflammation
- Rooibos — For something nutty and soothing
- Peppermint — For an energizing effect
- Hibiscus — For something fruity
- Valerian — For an evening treat if you’re already in your fasting window
Coffee (in moderation)
Last but not least, there’s coffee. It may have been wise to put this first on the list — because it’s the one I get asked about the most — but I decided to put it last instead because it’s my least favorite choice out of the five. Why? Because while coffee is a totally fine beverage to consume during a fast (as long as it’s black and has no added sugar) people tend to overdo it on caffeine when they first start to fast. This, unfortunately, can leave you jittery, anxious, dehydrated, and with a headache, which isn’t exactly a recipe for success with fasting. If you are going to consume coffee during a fast, do it in moderation, couple it with plenty of water, and choose an option that has lower acidity levels so it’s gentler on your stomach – like Golden Ratio Original Gold Coffee.
When it comes to what to drink during a fast, these five beverages above are a pretty safe bet. Just make sure to turn to water first, coffee last, and make sure to enjoy the herbal teas, bone broth, and Earl Grey tea somewhere in the middle.
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