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Do you think it's safe to fast for a week or two?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 07, 2012 at 8:50 PM

i fast for 7-14 days every few months and i have improved digestion and energy afterwards. i feel bogged down after eating all types of foods so the fast is certainly welcome.

does anyone else do this and do you think it's healthy?

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on December 08, 2012
at 12:45 PM

In an absence of food methane-producing bacteria moves up the small intestine in order to find more food. SIBO is common in anorexics and people who starve themselves. Source: Pimentel.

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on December 08, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Could you give some details about why it was so detrimental?

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:42 AM

I read somewhere to keep it to 10 days or less. I personally can only do about 24 hours before I want to break the fast with dinner.

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:06 PM

I do a 15-day fast once a year, smaller fasts all year. I never do it to lose weight, though a few pounds come off for a while they certainly don't stay off. :)

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:02 PM

There's some evidence that fasting for 7-10 days once a year can help prevent cancer. (If people want to read about that, they should look for scientific papers by Thomas Seyfried on PubMed.) I've done two long fasts in the last two years (30 days and 21 days.) I think there's probably no harm in fasting more often, like you do, as long as your muscle mass grows back entirely before you start the next fast. If that happens, and if it makes you feel good, I think it's fine.

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:00 PM

There's some evidence that fasting for 7-10 days once a year can help prevent cancer, so fasting on that schedule is probably a good idea. I've done two long fasts in the last two years (30 days and 21 days.) I think there's probably no harm in fasting more often, as you do, as long as your muscle mass grows back entirely before you start the next fast. If that happens, and if it makes you feel good, I think it's fine.

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on December 07, 2012
at 09:07 PM

This is just a theory, but if your digestion feels improved, maybe that's because you're starving off much of your gut flora. Just as some people have improved their IBS taking a course of antibiotics because they had serious problems with gut infections, SIBO, etc., you could be doing the same. But as with the antibiotics, if you don't work to reestablish your gut bacterial population post treatment, it'll likely be a self replicating cycle.

Either way, this isn't a fasting regime I personally think is very healthy. I'm sure a well adapted person with body fat to spare could do it without noticeably trashing their body, but a week or two without any vitamins, minerals, or essential amino acids seems like it could have some seriously deleterious effects.

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on December 07, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Not in my opinion. I feel like that would probably kill me. I never go more than 36 hours

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:01 PM

I think periodic longish fasts (7-14 days) are fine but to do it every month might be a little much. What I have found works well for me and makes me feel regenerated is to skip one day a week when I feel like it. I just drink lots of water, and tend to sleep really well that night, and it feels very balancing, maybe just mentally, not sure, but I like it. I have a friend who has fasted every Wednesday for over 15 years and swears by it as the thing that helps her stay in touch with her body and needs.

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on December 07, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Do you not lose massive amounts of weight? I don't see why it would be a problem but I think that I would get wayyyy too skinny.

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:06 PM

I do a 15-day fast once a year, smaller fasts all year. I never do it to lose weight, though a few pounds come off for a while they certainly don't stay off. :)

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on December 08, 2012
at 09:35 AM

If you do decide to fast, I highly recommend the "Clean" Cleanse. It's basically intermittent fasting. Get this book: http://www.amazon.com/Clean----Expanded-Edition-Revolutionary/dp/0062201662/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351055446&sr=8-1&keywords=clean+junger It's nourishing, sustainable, and quite healing. I've done it for months on end.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:11 AM

I have done it, and I regret doing it. It was probably the most detrimental thing I have done to my body in my life.

First of all, I have a hard time imagining either hunter-gatherers or even agriculturalists going on a prolonged fasts with no food at all. That would be counter-intuitive.

Second of all, your body is not equipped to "fasting" and it does everything in its power to rebound. So it will most likely that it will compensate somehow.

In my case I suspect this is how my SIBO started (I had no idea at that time).

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on December 08, 2012
at 12:45 PM

In an absence of food methane-producing bacteria moves up the small intestine in order to find more food. SIBO is common in anorexics and people who starve themselves. Source: Pimentel.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on December 08, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Could you give some details about why it was so detrimental?

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on December 08, 2012
at 12:55 AM

I've done 7 days before for religious purposes, and I started to develop a huge rash all down my back. It got worse during the week and only started to go away once I started eating again. It freaked me out, but I read somewhere that it's just your body detoxing. So I guess it could be good for you.. I definitely get what you mean by feeling "bogged down by food". But it's probably not good to do it too often, or too long. I feel like your body would kind of get used to not eating and your digestive system would just shut down after a while. I dunno, that's my two cents.

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on December 07, 2012
at 10:20 PM

I've done the Master Cleanse for 10, 15 & 7 days. It's an interesting experiment to run on yourself, but I've read some research really denouncing it. I'm pretty sure I won't do it again.

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