Should You Drink Water During Intermittent Fasting?


You’ve decided to do something good for your health for the New Year and you may have been hearing quite a bit about intermittent fasting as one of the popular health and fitness trends for losing weight and improving health. Some studies indicate that intermittent fasting may have benefits for both your body and brain, not only for weight loss but to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and could increase longevity. But if you are new to this routine, you may wonder if you should drink water during Intermittent fasting.

Fasting means abstaining from eating and sometimes drinking, while intermittent means occurring at irregular intervals; not continuously or steadily. Therefore, there are numerous different intermittent fasting methods which divide the day or week into eating or fasting segments. Cycling between periods of eating and fasting does not address which foods to eat, but instead, when you should eat.

Intermittent Fasting prolongs the time between when your body has burned through the calories consumed from your last meal and when it must begin to burn stored fat. Each of the methods of fasting can cause weight loss by reducing caloric intake, as long you don’t compensate by consuming more during the allowed eating segments.

One method restricts the daily eating period to eight hours followed by a fast for sixteen hours before the next food consumption. A different practice advocates fasting for twenty-four hours once or twice a week, while another severely restricts calories on two non-consecutive days of the week.

Regardless of the intermittent fasting routine you choose, water is essential to help keep you feeling fuller and to ensure that your body functions well, including breaking down the food you have eaten, delivering important nutrients to the cells and flushing out the toxins. In fact, water is essential for every bodily function for every cell, organ, and tissue. Additionally, drinking pure, clean water boosts energy, improves digestion, and helps to regulate hormones, and detoxify and hydrating your skin.

However, the quality of the water you drink counts. Unfiltered water can contain chemicals and contaminants. Water from a high-quality whole home filtration system is a much safer choice to be assured of drinking the best. 

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