Navigating Drink Choices During Your Fast

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  • Learn which beverages and elements can help you maintain your fast to ensure you get the most benefit
  • Understand the importance of staying hydrated and find out the right amount of water to consume
  • Discover how common elements such as salt can support your fast, and determine whether coffee is beneficial or detrimental while fasting
  • This video is part of the Fasting & Longevity Summit
David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS

Hey, Dr. David Jockers’ here today. I’m talking about one of the most popular questions that I get. What can I actually eat or drink while I’m fasting? And so I get this question all the time. And so as many of you guys know, I’m a huge advocate of intermittent fasting and also extended fasting. And so me personally, what do I do? I actually typically do an 18-hour fast on a daily basis, meaning I eat my meals, I eat usually two meals, sometimes like a third little snack in between. But usually, I’m eating at 1:00 and roughly around 6:00 and finish by 7:00 each day so an 18-hour fast. I’m typically fasting from 8 p.m. I’m sorry, 7 p.m. until 1 p.m. the following day and then one day a week. I usually do somewhere around a 20 to 24-hour fast, just a deeper level of fasting that triggers more autophagy and cellular healing. Now during the fasting window to get the best benefits of a fast, you want to keep any sort of calorie consumption to a minimum. Certainly, nothing, if you consume more than about 20 calories, that will slow down autophagy, right? Meaning your body’s ability to break down and scavenge old damaged cells and old damaged cellular organelles and take the raw materials and turn them into new, healthy cellular organelles. So you really want to avoid calories as much as possible. However, for some people, consuming some of the right types of calories helps them feel better during the fast and helps them be able to fast longer. And that may be more benefit than if they were to try to kind of strictly do no calories while they fast. 

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Bret Gregory
Bret Gregory
5 months ago

Dr. Jockers’ discussion about what to eat or drink during fasting is incredibly informative and practical! It’s really helpful how he breaks down the different options and explains why certain drinks like herbal teas, water with lemon or lime, and even black coffee can be beneficial during fasting. The emphasis on hydration and the role of electrolytes like salt in maintaining energy levels is a crucial point that often gets overlooked in fasting discussions.

When I fast I usually have 2 cups of coffee with milk in the morning. Throughout the day I prefer sparkling water with lime. Then I switch to herbal tea in the evening. I find Spearmint Lemon is my favorite however, Hibiscus helps the most with the evening hunger cravings.

His approach to understanding how each individual might react differently to certain foods or drinks during fasting, like the effects of stevia or collagen, is a valuable perspective. It highlights the importance of personalizing the fasting experience and paying attention to how one’s body responds.

I also appreciate the flexibility in his advice, acknowledging that strict water fasting isn’t the only way to get the benefits of intermittent fasting. The idea of using certain foods and drinks strategically to extend the fasting window or make the fast more comfortable offers a more accessible approach to fasting for many people.
Overall, this video is a great resource for anyone curious about fasting and looking for guidance on how to navigate their fasting journey effectively. Thanks for the insights, Dr. Jockers!

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