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Water fasting and bloating from water

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Hi guys.

I dry fasted for 7 days then transitioned into a water fast, current total time 12 days. I am doing this fast to solve a bloating problem that occurs everytime I eat or drink anything.

During the dry fast all bloating was gone however as soon as I started drinking water all the previous problems came back.

I can drink as little as 200mls of spring water and still get the same problems.

I will drink the water as my mouth will be thirsty but soon after starting to drink my stomach will get uncomfortable and full even though my mouth is still thirsty. I will then experience an outward pressure feeling in my mid left abdomen and large amounts of bloating will occur in the same area (just to the left of belly button). I can also see my abdomen visibly pulsate which I assume is from increased blood flow.

I will feel slightly like the water could be vomited back up (but it never is) and this uncomfortable/sickly feeling will stay with me for up to 30hrs. In this time my mouth will feel thirsty but my stomach really doesn't want anything else in it.

What could be causing this. Your help is very appreciated!

Thanks, Sean.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 11, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I know so many people who say that they get some crazy burst of energy after the first 10 days.. never experienced that before. For me, the fear of nausea along with not feeling normal and being able to eat and have it feel good like it always had before were my motivations as well. Going into it, were you pretty well nourished, or had eating been a problem for a while? I did start adding in mag citrate powder and vit d drops after the first 3 months, because I got some numbness on the skin of my legs, still not sure if it was deficiency, is gone now.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 11, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Yeah it's hard but what keeps me going is knowing that if I break this now it won't be satisfing because I still won't be able to enjoy food, I won't know if this will work or not, and all the effort thus far will be for nothing. I am not too worried about going without food, but I am already very fatigued from fasting (hard to walk) and my family doesn't even know I am doing it and will try to stop me if they find out.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I should add, it can be rough especially if you're having a medical issue, which can be scary on its own, but I know plenty of people who do water only fasts for 40 or more days and do just fine. There is a guy on youtube who just did over 70 days and is doing it for weight loss (he was obese) lowering blood pressure and I think some other health issues.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I still don't feel entirely normal, the whole thing was traumatic, I never eat outside of the home, I wish I could undo the whole process, but living with regret doesn't help things out. I am mostly better, the psychological parts of long term fasting can be rough.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:48 PM

It was basically on again/off again (with only diluted fruit juices in between) for about 3 months, and this was also because I was getting extreme nausea after eating any solid food, plus it was wrapped with some anxiety issues. Not sure how many days in a row I ever did.. maybe 10 or 11? I had more days with 100-120 calories of juice than pure water fasting. Was still in deep ketosis and that little bit of sugar helped me out. After the 3 months I was on a more well rounded liquid supplement (some whey protein in a fruit based drink) for another 3-4 months before solids.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:11 PM

I know what you mean Jackie. Been on water for about a week now. Roughly one cup a day. 16 Days into the fast. If I message my abdomen sometimes I can feel slight amounts of gas moving about. How much did the fasting help you and how long did you do it for?

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Are you still dry, or are you taking in some water? I remember being so annoyed that I could bloat from nothing, it really led to a huge fear of eating solid foods, let alone water. I hope everything works out soon! Also, massaging my abdomen in a downward motion made it feel good, though I always did this just on water or an empty stomach.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 10, 2013
at 11:29 AM

Don't have enough money for colonics plus I heard it is better to let your body sort out its colon itself during a fast. Having said that I haven't had a BM in 17 days now.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 09, 2013
at 05:57 PM

What about a colonic? I had a few of those during my long fast, they usually made me feel worse for a day (bloating was helped) but I felt terrible, but then better the next day. I hope you find a solution, maybe through a water fasting clinic, or an MD like Dr. Joel Fuhrman based in NJ, probably not cheap.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Tried 2 daily enemas for 2 weeks and it did nothing

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 08, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Enemas helped - do you use anything like that? It almost seemed to relieve upper GI symptoms by relieving the uncomfortable bloating and hard feeling when I would touch my abdomen.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 08, 2013
at 09:27 AM

Yeah I was sceptical of that as well...

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 08, 2013
at 09:26 AM

Fasting for the bloating/gi issues. I have tried seemingly everything else. How did you solve your issues?

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on January 08, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I highly doubt that all bacteria dies after 10 days. I heard that candida (which is benign in normal conditions) drills holes in intestine to get to blood glucose when starved.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 07, 2013
at 05:35 PM

What made you want to dry fast to begin with? Had you heard anything about it helping bloating? I just don't want you to get sick from dehydration, though I hate nausea and know how you feel. I had my stomach issues over 1.5 years ago and all food gave me nausea so I just didn't eat, which led to my long fasting.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Maybe, I heard all bacteria should be dead by 10 days and I am at day 13 so they shouldn't be causing all these problems. Thyroid seems to have dropped off a bit after all my other problems started.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Water (and any other food/drink) is causing the bloating and nausea in my case, adding more would not help.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Yeah maybe but I think blocking wouldn't allow you to continue living for over a year.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Tried SIBO and Candida diets with no luck. It isn't tap water related as I am drinking spring water and it is something that suddenly came on after getting an ulcer. Sipping doesn't help and I have reduced the fluid in my abdomen by dry fasting only for it to come straight back with the slightest amount of water.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:10 PM

maybe something is "blocked"??

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:09 PM

maybe somethings is "blocked"??

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Tried... doesn't help

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Doctor doesn't know and is just giving me random medication in hopes it will go away... it is not.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Already have thought of and tried that. It is not the problem.

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6 Answers

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5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on January 07, 2013
at 06:58 AM

Could be a gut problem like SIBO or Candida die off. Maybe the chemicals in your local tap water is destroying your gut flora. Drink filtered water, not bottled or regular tap water. Don't fast for 7 days anymore, damn thats a long fast.EDIT: I just though of something. Maybe its fluid buildup in the abdomen. You should look to get it drained. Take very small sips, dont drink a whole bottle of water at once.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Tried SIBO and Candida diets with no luck. It isn't tap water related as I am drinking spring water and it is something that suddenly came on after getting an ulcer. Sipping doesn't help and I have reduced the fluid in my abdomen by dry fasting only for it to come straight back with the slightest amount of water.

0
5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on January 07, 2013
at 06:12 AM

Wow, 7 days dry fast.. That's sick. Bloating symptoms are usual signs of SIBO, which in turn caused by low immunity, inflamed guts or abundance of food which is easily fermentable but hard to absorb. Low immunity can be due to low thyroid function, did you check that?

Why bloating when drinking water? I'll try to guess. Even when you fast, you still eat your body reserves more than 1000 kcal a day. Waste and bile (known laxative) are thrown into intestine by liver. Probably when all this is diluted by water, pain and bloating occurs. Maybe it is also feed for pathogenic microorganisms.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:35 PM

Maybe, I heard all bacteria should be dead by 10 days and I am at day 13 so they shouldn't be causing all these problems. Thyroid seems to have dropped off a bit after all my other problems started.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 08, 2013
at 09:27 AM

Yeah I was sceptical of that as well...

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on January 08, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I highly doubt that all bacteria dies after 10 days. I heard that candida (which is benign in normal conditions) drills holes in intestine to get to blood glucose when starved.

0
363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 06, 2013
at 08:05 PM

More water will help with the nausea and probably the bloating. In my longer water fasts, adding a pinch of salt to some of the water helped me out. I would seek water fasting forums for most of your questions. A lot of them are run by vegans, so just look past the post-fast diet stuff and seek fasting answers. There are some on Facebook and on fitnessthroughfasting.com.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 07, 2013
at 05:35 PM

What made you want to dry fast to begin with? Had you heard anything about it helping bloating? I just don't want you to get sick from dehydration, though I hate nausea and know how you feel. I had my stomach issues over 1.5 years ago and all food gave me nausea so I just didn't eat, which led to my long fasting.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 08, 2013
at 09:26 AM

Fasting for the bloating/gi issues. I have tried seemingly everything else. How did you solve your issues?

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Water (and any other food/drink) is causing the bloating and nausea in my case, adding more would not help.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 09, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Tried 2 daily enemas for 2 weeks and it did nothing

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 08, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Enemas helped - do you use anything like that? It almost seemed to relieve upper GI symptoms by relieving the uncomfortable bloating and hard feeling when I would touch my abdomen.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 09, 2013
at 05:57 PM

What about a colonic? I had a few of those during my long fast, they usually made me feel worse for a day (bloating was helped) but I felt terrible, but then better the next day. I hope you find a solution, maybe through a water fasting clinic, or an MD like Dr. Joel Fuhrman based in NJ, probably not cheap.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I should add, it can be rough especially if you're having a medical issue, which can be scary on its own, but I know plenty of people who do water only fasts for 40 or more days and do just fine. There is a guy on youtube who just did over 70 days and is doing it for weight loss (he was obese) lowering blood pressure and I think some other health issues.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:48 PM

It was basically on again/off again (with only diluted fruit juices in between) for about 3 months, and this was also because I was getting extreme nausea after eating any solid food, plus it was wrapped with some anxiety issues. Not sure how many days in a row I ever did.. maybe 10 or 11? I had more days with 100-120 calories of juice than pure water fasting. Was still in deep ketosis and that little bit of sugar helped me out. After the 3 months I was on a more well rounded liquid supplement (some whey protein in a fruit based drink) for another 3-4 months before solids.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Are you still dry, or are you taking in some water? I remember being so annoyed that I could bloat from nothing, it really led to a huge fear of eating solid foods, let alone water. I hope everything works out soon! Also, massaging my abdomen in a downward motion made it feel good, though I always did this just on water or an empty stomach.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 10, 2013
at 11:29 AM

Don't have enough money for colonics plus I heard it is better to let your body sort out its colon itself during a fast. Having said that I haven't had a BM in 17 days now.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 11, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Yeah it's hard but what keeps me going is knowing that if I break this now it won't be satisfing because I still won't be able to enjoy food, I won't know if this will work or not, and all the effort thus far will be for nothing. I am not too worried about going without food, but I am already very fatigued from fasting (hard to walk) and my family doesn't even know I am doing it and will try to stop me if they find out.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:11 PM

I know what you mean Jackie. Been on water for about a week now. Roughly one cup a day. 16 Days into the fast. If I message my abdomen sometimes I can feel slight amounts of gas moving about. How much did the fasting help you and how long did you do it for?

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 10, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I still don't feel entirely normal, the whole thing was traumatic, I never eat outside of the home, I wish I could undo the whole process, but living with regret doesn't help things out. I am mostly better, the psychological parts of long term fasting can be rough.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 11, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I know so many people who say that they get some crazy burst of energy after the first 10 days.. never experienced that before. For me, the fear of nausea along with not feeling normal and being able to eat and have it feel good like it always had before were my motivations as well. Going into it, were you pretty well nourished, or had eating been a problem for a while? I did start adding in mag citrate powder and vit d drops after the first 3 months, because I got some numbness on the skin of my legs, still not sure if it was deficiency, is gone now.

0
1d1738cf2e03d99b2aaeec2813c4669f

(204)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Have you tried probiotics? Not sure if it would help or not... :S

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Tried... doesn't help

0
87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on January 06, 2013
at 04:02 PM

That sounds serious, you might want to go and get a diagnosis from an MD

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Doctor doesn't know and is just giving me random medication in hopes it will go away... it is not.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:10 PM

maybe something is "blocked"??

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Yeah maybe but I think blocking wouldn't allow you to continue living for over a year.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on January 07, 2013
at 01:09 PM

maybe somethings is "blocked"??

0
F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I'm not sure if this is the culprit, but just an idea, you might be swallowing a lot of air when you drink the water, which will exacerbate the bloat. Don't drink from water bottles, and don't gulp. Make sure your top lip is touching the surface of the water to create a seal, so that you're not taking in air with every sip.

0104d134c517031678cb90bb2919b5d3

(117)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Already have thought of and tried that. It is not the problem.

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