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Starting a water fast - cleansing and experiential advice? =)

Commented on November 17, 2013
Created November 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Hi there!

I am a 23 year old female starting my 2nd water fast of my life. I have paleo now for about a year, and a few years ago I did a 10 day water fast and I really loved it; I noticed that I felt a lot healthier afterwards. However it's been quite a few years since my last one (4-5 years) and I am wondering if anyone out there is water fasting right now, or has some recent advice on how it went for them? Did they feel a lot more cleansed afterwards? Did you "re-set" your apetitte? Did you lose a lot of excess weight? Did you have energy?

Thanks so much for your help! I am hoping to do a 7-day fast since that's the upper recommended limit I believe, but I would do 3 days only if it started to feel abnormally awful!

Thanks again!

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on November 17, 2013
at 12:45 AM

You think this is bullplop; does that mean it is bullplop? I don't think so. This is your opinion, after all.

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Just for curiosity, what's your current weight (if you don't mind me asking) ?

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:54 PM

You know, the more I read about it (glowing reports on reddit), I tend to agree with you. It seems like a natural high. Still just seems unnecessarily risky to me, though I'm having trouble finding a whole lot of evidence to back that up. I retract my answer.

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:46 PM

On the other side, terrier123 said she tried a 10-days water fast and felt great ! Obviously a 7-days water fast has pros and cons. Yep this is extreme. This is why it is often recommended to have vegetable broths and juices during a long fast (in France and Belgium it's common). I would add that some people see fasting as a way to reconnect with themselves and the spiritual side of life. And this can bring such a powerful energy and well-being!

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:22 PM

This might be a better spot to ask.

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:05 PM

I just don't see the benefits from extended fasts compared with diet / exercise / IF. My only experience is the one family friend with a predisposition to hypercholesterolemia. It can be done (here's a guy that successfully went from 456 to 180lb) but it just seems too extreme to me. Electrolytes and very low activity levels are key.

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on November 16, 2013
at 10:53 PM

I would not recommend a long water fast for everyone, it depends on the context.

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on November 16, 2013
at 10:50 PM

When I read your answer I understand "Don't fast for a week because it's very dangerous and I am totally right about that you know because I have a friend who had a heart attack during one". I got the impression you try to scare her instead of helping her. This is why I downvoted you. She asks people who tried it to talk about their experiences so that she can decide herself what to do.

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on November 16, 2013
at 09:58 PM

Why the downvote @cheval ? Do you recommend water fasting?

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on November 17, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Why not? If you are healthy and in tune with your body, I don't see why you could not try. What's more you already did a 10-days water fast and had a good experience with that. You are young and apparently have no heath issues.

It's a wise idea to begin with a 3-days fast and see what's happening before going further. If you feel it's too hard to only drink water you could have broths (vegetable or bone broths) and/or juices if you like them. You may add some herbal infusions to help your organs in the detox process.

I did a few 5-days and 7-days strict water fasts in the past, I had absolutely no energy drops, no fatigue. And hunger disappeared quickly. On the contrary I had more energy and clarity of mind and I felt a deeper connection with my body. I never had weight issues and didn't notice much difference during a fast (maybe because my focus was not there). For the appetite, it regulates itself naturally because of this deeper connection to the body, during and after. Btw I am a 27-years-old female.

I know lots of people here are not comfortable with the idea of fasting for an extended period. And I would not say that everyone should try. But I found for myself that these type of fasting had a huge impact on my wellbeing and helped me reconciliate my body and mind. Much more powerful than meditation in my case!

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on November 17, 2013
at 12:17 AM

Well, since somebody deleted the most reasonable reply, I'll say it: Water fasting is bullplop.

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on November 17, 2013
at 12:45 AM

You think this is bullplop; does that mean it is bullplop? I don't think so. This is your opinion, after all.

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on November 17, 2013
at 12:05 AM

I usually fast from friday evening after my last meal to sunday around 6. I do a HIIT session and then eat a big meal. I IF every day of the week other wise.

What water do you guys use when fasting? I've been using RO water with himilayan sea salt(everywhere from a slight pinch to enough to mimic sodium content of various mineral waters[about 1.5 tsp/5 gal]).

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on November 16, 2013
at 09:30 PM

You're going to stop eating food for over a week to "re-set" your appetite and lose excess weight? Stupid idea. Of course you're not going to have energy. A friend of mine actually had a heart attack during one at a medically-supervised fasting clinic.

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on November 16, 2013
at 09:58 PM

Why the downvote @cheval ? Do you recommend water fasting?

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on November 16, 2013
at 10:53 PM

I would not recommend a long water fast for everyone, it depends on the context.

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