Extended fasting drops insulin levels dramatically (good!), which can cause the body to tell the kidneys to expel excess water. Sometimes–especially for those new to fasting–a lot of sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc., is also expelled in the urine. This can lead to a yucky or tired feeling that makes fasting more difficult.
Thankfully, we have some easy, inexpensive, and tasty ways to add back lost electrolytes that won’t break a fast:
- Pickle juice (diluted in water if necessary)
- Apple cider vinegar (I suggest one Tablespoon diluted in two cups of cool water; this is surprisingly delicious and refreshing!)
- Cucumber-infused water (cucumbers are naturally high in electrolytes)
- Carbonated spring water (contains electrolytes that purified/distilled water does not; plus, the carbonation is a nice change and can be subjectively more filling)