Sometimes, I do a 24 hour water fast if my digestive system is feeling slow or upset. It helps flush your intestines and gives your digestive tract a chance to rest and reset. I always feel a lot better afterwards.
Is it literally just water for a week? If so, I'm pretty sure any of the health benefits would be cancelled out due to the body not getting nutrients and energy it needs and possible shutting down. If it's just water, I'm not sure there owuld be any health benefits beyond maybe doing it for 48 hours. Plus there's a big chance you could get (I forget the term, but I'll explain it) where you're all puffy and swollen due to not getting proper nutrients. I currently have that. It's not fun, not fun at all. I don't know if you're doing this for health reason or religious/spiritual reasons? If you're doing it for spiritual/religious reasons then obviously the health stuff doesn't matter rally. But if you're doing it for health reasons, I think you'll most likely end up doing more damage than good. I'm not a doctor though.
I am sure if the person has some sort of health issues and they drown themselves in water there might be a complication. But I have never gotten puffy from fasting and I have been doing it on and off for a decade and many more for over hundreds of years.
Personally over the years I have debated if water versus fasting with lemon would be more efficient since electrolytes are not made by the body. But I have still never heard from holistic communities that fasting damaged unless the person was being reckless about their fast.
I'm puffy because I'm malnourished, but not due to fasting. I've never fasted. I know people who have done fasts with water for 48 hours, and with other liquids for a week, but not water. I guess because of my health issues, I'm projecting and just really suspicious of this. I'm not very informed on the subject though and really just assuming/guessing. So my apologies!
The theory about fasting is when you are not consuming food it allows your body to focus on other areas of the body. It is a bad idea to fast if you are malnourished; typically fasting should only be conducted when the person is nourished. Fasting overall is a long process, no one should fast and then eat processed food. That would be how someone could do damage and become malnourished.
I think your comment is a normal reaction. I just gave my input since this subject is something I have had a great deal of interest in. If you are interested in learning more Horizon recently did an episode on fasting. I thought they did a good job introducing fasting without making it sound crazy and unhealthy.
Interesting, thank you! I'll watch it tomorrow, I need ot go to bed soon after not sleeping since Saturday, ugh.
It seems like you know what you're doing/talking baout when it comes to fasts. I'm wondering though about people who don't. I know taht if I go awhile without eating, my heart gets all funky, my sleeping gets even worse and my anxiety goes through the roof (I don't have any heart problems). I know that I'm not the only one who has anxiety and sleep problems when they don't eta. For those that do, it just seems like a week of just water could be really dangerous? My insomnia is pretty bad now, but if I were ot not eat, I wouldn't be able to fall asleep soon even though I'd been up since Sunday morning (I think? I don't even remember now when I woke up). Also couldn't cognitive abilities be impaired? I could very well be wrong, but a lot of the times i come across people fasting on the internet, they don't really know what they're doing and man that just makes a week long fast of just water seem really not good =/ Also with blood sugar levels and stuff?
Again I'm definitely not a doctor and this is all anecdotal. I'll watch the doc tomorrow, thank you again!!!
eta: The malnourished thing for me is recent, I'm talking about the heart stuff, insomnia etc. as before then. God knows what not eating would feel like now!
Yeah, I'm a little confused? I've also never heard of a water fast for a week for health reasons. I have heard of it for religious reasons. I'm not very educated on the subject though so I could be wrong.
Even religious fasting (I'm thinking of Catholic and Muslim practices in particular, can't speak about anything else) does not usually mean a complete fast or starving yourself, the way that fasting for diet reasons sometimes does. You can have enough food to function.
I did one for three days (some time after the recovery of my eating disorder, so naturally it was the first thing people jumped to when I brought it up even though there was a good intent behind it) but my reason behind it was because my mom was really sick with some tumors in her uterus and was in bed all day every day until she was able to get a hysterectomy. I know in my religion, people fast for blessings and so that's what I did.
That's an incredibly stupid idea. Occasionally water "fasts" are required for certain medical tests and procedures, but never for longer than 1-2 days. Otherwise, unless you're a monk who has been training for years, not eating for a week is very bad for you and there is absolutely no good reason to do it. I don't know of any religious/spiritual/ritual fasts that are meant to last more than 24 hours. I've never heard of anyone doing a water fast for more than 2 days who didn't have a serious eating disorder, so... I hope that isn't the case for you, OP.
No, because I don't like to be malnourished. I occasionally fast for about 24-48 hours if I'm depressed, but it has nothing to do with health and is more "I just can't eat anything." I'll usually drink fruit or vegetable juice during these time periods.
I've done them for weight loss purpose (it works, if you're careful not to eat more when you're done with the fast, but cutting down on intake instead of eliminating it is so much easier and better for you) and for spiritual reasons.
I was supposed to do a 3-day fast for a test because of blood sugar problems I have but within a few hours my blood sugar was dangerously low and I started losing consciousness so they broke it up and tried to wing it from there.
I'm "not allowed" to fast because of this, I have a rare form of hypoglycemia. When I can't have anything in my stomach, eg pre-op, I have to have it constantly monitored and receive intravenous glucose otherwise I lose consciousness and seizure.
When I was anorexic the longest I could fast was one day so I don't know how or WHY you would do that. Make sure you let someone know you're fasting just in case something happens to you they would know why.
I hope you are not doing this for weight loss purposes.
That being said, yes, I do fast. I have since i was a child for religious purposes, as well as that my father believed that it helped 'jump start' your body after a shitty eating period (ie: a vacation, holidays, or a weekend of just really crappy foods). Rarely did i ever do just water though. Sometimes ill do a day of tea or max a 3 day liquid fast with smoothies (mainly fresh fruit, veg, yogurt, real fruit juices). I do it when im really bloated/blocked up and just feel all over like shit to help my body pass through that phase. I used to use it as a mechanism behind my ED, so I try to be realistic now.
I never fast for more than 24 hours. But I often will have a day where I only eat a good breakfast and then fast for the rest of the day until breakfast the next morning. But I listen to my body. Our appetites vary from day to day and if it's a day where my appetite is low then I just go with a fast. It's supposed to be healthy doing this and hey, it saves money on the grocery budget. Win!