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I'm doing a week long water fast. I'm about 1 hour into Day 3.

Have any of ever done a water fast? Or any fast for that matter? If so, why did you do it?
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[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-13 03:30 am (UTC)

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Only when I had the flu, because I couldn't keep solids down and anything with flavor made me gag.
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-11-13 03:31 am (UTC)

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no, but I did the 10 day lemon juice, cayenne, maple syrup fast.
[User Picture]From: killerlooks
2012-11-13 03:52 am (UTC)

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this.
[User Picture]From: wexdance
2012-11-13 09:36 am (UTC)

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To lose weight? Did it work? Didn't you get incredibly weak and hungry?
[User Picture]From: x_quotethis_x
2012-11-13 10:52 am (UTC)

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Omg I tried that and died on like day 2. I don't think I drank enough water though.
[User Picture]From: vinolent
2012-11-13 03:31 am (UTC)

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Nah, I could never do it unless I was forced to
[User Picture]From: earthbunny
2012-11-13 03:38 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-11-13 03:42 am (UTC)

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I fast when I feel 'off' I find it comforting and have yet to have complications from it. I see it fine just that it is not for weight lost since LOL that never lasts.
[User Picture]From: chantalzola
2012-11-13 03:44 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-11-13 03:52 am (UTC)

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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.

Edited at 2012-11-13 03:53 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: chantalzola
2012-11-13 03:56 am (UTC)

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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!
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-11-13 04:31 am (UTC)

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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.


[User Picture]From: chantalzola
2012-11-13 04:51 am (UTC)

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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!

Edited at 2012-11-13 04:55 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ineverycolor
2012-11-13 07:11 pm (UTC)

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Adding onto your comment there are some great resources here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/fasting.html

Personally, I don't see the benefit of a water only fast beyond 24 hours. Anything beyond that some sort of smoothies really should be included to put nutrients back in the body.
[User Picture]From: due27south
2012-11-13 03:54 am (UTC)

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This was my thinking as well. If someone said they were "fasting" with 100 calories a day they'd be labeled anorexic.
[User Picture]From: chantalzola
2012-11-13 03:57 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-13 10:59 am (UTC)

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yeah or dead omg this is insane to me
[User Picture]From: snooji
2012-11-13 03:55 am (UTC)

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This. OP, if you're interested in fasts for weight loss look at intermittent fasting. If this is for religious reasons completely ignore me.
From: blue_sky_day
2012-11-13 04:19 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: freakshownia
2012-11-14 01:37 am (UTC)

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There's one 24-hr Jewish fast, otherwise they're only sunrise to sunset.
[User Picture]From: un_attra
2012-11-13 04:24 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-11-13 04:48 am (UTC)

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I did a juice "fast" once. But that's not even really fasting because you're still consuming calories and nutrients.

I used to fast for church when I was younger, but that was for pretty limited amounts of time.
[User Picture]From: feeeny
2012-11-13 05:36 am (UTC)

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ooooh are you lds?
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-11-13 05:40 am (UTC)

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Ha. LOL. I grew up Mormon. I am not now.
[User Picture]From: feeeny
2012-11-13 05:36 am (UTC)

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why would anyone do that?
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-13 10:59 am (UTC)

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mte
[User Picture]From: firecracker_sj
2012-11-13 02:13 pm (UTC)

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lol this. That shit ain't healthy.
[User Picture]From: freakshownia
2012-11-13 06:02 am (UTC)

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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.
From: blue_sky_day
2012-11-13 04:20 pm (UTC)

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Which tests? Whenever I've been asked to fast by doctors (in order to have blood tests done), they only specify fasting for 12 hours.
[User Picture]From: freakshownia
2012-11-14 01:35 am (UTC)

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A 48-72 hr fast is done to diagnosis conditions related to glucose and insulin. There are other tests that require 24-48 hr fasts but I can't remember what for.
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2012-11-13 08:21 am (UTC)

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are you jesus
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2012-11-13 08:38 am (UTC)

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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.

Why are you fasting?
[User Picture]From: katydidnt98
2012-11-13 10:36 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: lierre
2012-11-13 10:49 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-13 11:04 am (UTC)

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this sounds incredibly dangerous. are you cramping? are you dizzy? how are you maintaining consciousness? are you getting calories?
[User Picture]From: lost_garnet
2012-11-13 11:39 am (UTC)

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I've done liquid fasts for several days at a time for health reasons, and shorter water/juice fasts for fundraisers.
[User Picture]From: rubytuesday6
2012-11-13 12:22 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2012-11-13 03:53 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: ineverycolor
2012-11-13 07:15 pm (UTC)

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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!

Edited at 2012-11-13 07:15 pm (UTC)