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Should you take supplements when fasting???

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  • Should you take supplements when fasting???

    I currently take the following supplements alongside a primal diet:

    Alpha lipoic Acid
    Cod Liver Oil

    This I have incorporated after reading marks recent post on supplements and Rob Wolff's book........

    However, it's recommended to Take these with food for digestion but when fasting for 20-24 hours it doesn't provide much opportunity??!

    Does anyone else supplement and fast?? If so how do you go about it??

  • #2
    I take vitamin C and a Brazil nut every morning whether I am fasting or not.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    • #3
      I would suggest to take no supplements if you are fasting for a day or two. Nothing drastic case of Malnutrition takes place in this time period.


      • #4
        I was under the impression that vitamins are better absorbed when taken with food. I don't take them on an empty stomach because they make me nauseous when I do.


        • #5
          Taking vitamin on an empty stomach makes me extremely nauseous. I learned that the hard way. As far as I know vitamins are either water or fat soluble. Since you take cod liver oil, you might be okay.


          • #6
            I have always been of the belief that its best to be taking vitamins with food as your body will utilize them better and there is a better absorption rate. This is especially the case for fat-soluble vitamins..

            So, its my opinion that supplementing with vitamins on an empty stomach is probably the most wasteful way to consume your supplements.


            • #7
              I asked a similar question here a while back. One thought I had weeks after posting the question was that some vitamins are fat soluble and some are water soluble. The vitamin C example above would work as it is water soluble whereas taking vitamin A (or D, E or K) while fasting might be less optimal (this isn't a statement so much as a thought or a question for the group). While fat soluble vitamins require fats in the intestines to be digested, I am not clear if the fat should be or must be ingested with the vitamins or if the blood stream can provide previously digested fats. Anyone know?

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