If you're a beginner to Intermittent Fasting, it's crucial that you're aware of these three very important Intermittent Fasting rules. Let's jump straight into the details!
#1 Drinking Enough Water
We all tend to be dehydrated in the morning during a fast. If you skip out on the water during your fast and you opt for coffee (or tea) instead, you might be further dehydrating yourself! It's not to say you can't have coffee, but it's important to get hydrated as well. Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue and increased hunger later in the day.(1) So stay properly hydrated, my friends!
As a good rule of thumb, I usually aim for 16-32 oz. of water during the morning fast. You may require even more water if you live in a hot area or if you're heavily exercising during the fast.
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#2 No Alcohol While Fasting
It might be a liquid, but that doesn't mean it won't break your fast. Most alcoholic drinks will still contain sugar that will raise your storing hormone insulin and break a fast. Hard alcohol also has a unique method of working against weight loss and wellness goals that aren't necessarily related to sugar.
#3 Replace Lost Electrolytes
Due to the naturally lower level of insulin during a fast, the body releases quite a bit of water and electrolytes. Low electrolyte levels can cause headaches, low energy and muscle fatigue.(2) If you're just drinking water and not replacing electrolytes, you can actually make this electrolyte imbalance even worse.
This is why the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle incorporates high quality sea salt in the ACV Sipper 15 minutes before a break-fast to help balance electrolyte levels.
Great sources of electrolytes (that you probably already have in your pantry) include Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Redmonds Real Salt.