Hi, I woke up ill this morning and so far I've taken a vitamin tablet, drank some warm water with lemon and manuka honey, eaten 3 big spoonfuls of coconut oil and drank a big cup of coffee
Would it be beneficial to IF until, say, a meal this evening? Is IFing beneficial while being ill? Or should I just eat less? I imagine it might be as it gives your body a break from digestion to focus on getting better? I plan to relax till this evening when I have somewhere I need to be
I'm no expert but I remember reading in a few places that you should not fast while sick. Your body needs energy and nutrients from foods to heal. It's using more energy while you're sick than it does at normal rest. Fasting doesn't seem like a great idea if you're not well.
Digesting food takes energy and effort, so it is natural to fast and allow your bodily resources to be recruited in fighting off whatever is making you sick rather than breaking down food. When you get hungry again, eat, but I wouldn't worry about missing a few meals in the meantime.
IFing while ill is great. IF naturally boosts your immune system. don't be scared of "needing to feed your body", its got plenty of energy stored. What i wouldn't recommend is fasting for more than 24 hours
Growing up, my mom would force things like crackers and toast and 7up down us when we were sick. When I've been nauseous or under the weather lately, I've found that fasting generally makes me feel better faster. And when I'm truly hungry later on, eating that first meal can make me feel like a million bucks!