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Keeping yourself hydrated on IF

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 10:17 PM

hithar,

I do IF 18/6 but at the end of the fast I start to be dehydrated. The issue is cold water is not appealing and does not taste very good [coming from the tap], hot water makes me realize my stomach is too empty an hour later and of course, must be boiled to be hot.

Since I do not exercise, I only have a breakfast [liquid:hot tea, 3 mugs] keep drinking two or tree mugs of hot water throughout the day; six hours later, I have my sole meal of the day consisting in plenty of green veggies, a moderate amount of proteins and fat, plus again one or two mug of hot water/remaining tea form the morning.

I feel dehydrated after the fifteenth hour and the symptom is a mild headache [same mechanism for hangovers, I believe] and that my mouth/throat is dry. If I drink a hot tea, It goes away but, due to my small bladder :D, I must pee and so srews my night up...

Briefly said, what are the good ways to keep hydrated ? I do not really wish to eat another plate of veggies[=90% of water] in the middle of the day...

Another possible way is to squeeze a lemon in my drink, but I truly dislike lemon !

And I do not like coffee

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:45 PM

i've tried gt's kombucha, but haven't ventured into making my own due to the irrational fear of accidentally poisoning myself with monster bacteria...

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

@LiveBigger: Have you tried kombucha? If you let it ferment long enough, then do a second ferment in a sealed containter, it's basically like apple-cider seltzer. Maybe not quite as bubbly, but quite good.

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:51 AM

I have been drinking cider vinegar lately too, my husband thinks I am insane when he sees me do it.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:22 PM

The most simple answer is to drink more. It also sounds like you aren't consuming many calories or nutrients. Your body could be fighting back if you are starving it.

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3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

on August 09, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Perhaps the dehydration is a salt issue, I have absolutley no problems with 18/6 or even 24 hour fasts. Why don't you try adding a bit of salt to your foods when you break the fast, this will help your body retain a bit more fluid. Also, you could try drinking Smart Water during your fast because it is enhanced with electrolytes, which will also help your body balance out fluids.

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:25 AM

From what I understand, salt is healthy for the certain functions in your body and helps keep your sodium to potassium ratio in balance. Like yall have stated, salt retains water in our body; whereas potassium actually hydrates the muscles.

Maybe try consuming more potassium via your diet (avoid supplemental if you can).

And if your tea has caffeine, does caffeine not help promote dehydration?


Good luck in your dieting, staying hydrated is extremely vital for overall well-being in my honest opinion.

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on August 10, 2012
at 01:29 AM

i'm a big fan of a little apple cider vinegar in my water. i'm also a seltzer junky. or even better, apple cider vinegar in seltzer. big fan.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on August 10, 2012
at 11:51 AM

I have been drinking cider vinegar lately too, my husband thinks I am insane when he sees me do it.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on August 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

@LiveBigger: Have you tried kombucha? If you let it ferment long enough, then do a second ferment in a sealed containter, it's basically like apple-cider seltzer. Maybe not quite as bubbly, but quite good.

Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

(2854)

on August 10, 2012
at 02:45 PM

i've tried gt's kombucha, but haven't ventured into making my own due to the irrational fear of accidentally poisoning myself with monster bacteria...

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on August 10, 2012
at 01:05 AM

How about lime juice. It's definitely a different taste as compared to lemons and I use one lime (damn u iPhone autocorrect) per day while fasting. (warrior IF)

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:19 PM

Ditto to Team Oberg's statement. A big problem people run into when switching to a Paleo Diet is lack of sodium. We're so used to be loaded down with salt from all the processed foods, that when we eat natural, good food, we don't get the same amount of sodium.

When you eat during your window, try salting your food a little for a day or two and see if that helps. I'm willing to bet it will. Don't go crazy and don't use that iodine loaded garbage. Use natural sea salt, and be easy with it.

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