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Does anyone have experience with extending water fasting?

Answered on February 19, 2013
Created January 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Water fasting means nothing but purified water.

I'd really like to go 14 days, I read that fasting has so many amazing health benefits.

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on February 11, 2013
at 10:58 AM

Taking a hit of sugary fruit juice during a fast... mmm... I mean, it'll make you feel ecstatic I'm sure. For a while! I'd do a "water fast" for 2 weeks if I had been diagnosed with cancer, but not unless. It strikes me that you would just be starving yourself into oblivion. It's a gentle way to fade out, due to the low testosterone (the main reason people feel this sense of peace with the world, as far as I understand it) but I prefer to feel strong and vigorous...

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:54 AM

I typically break on diluted fresh juice like orange juice. I try to do it on bone broth, but as mentioned above, that is a bit nauseating for me, especially the process of making the bone broth while still fasting. I usually have some bone broth on day 2 though, after I have some of the light juices in, it makes me feel like my brain starts to go back to normal. Then I have watery fruits for breakfast, and then bone broth with carrots, keep it light depending on the length of the fast, usually I have some chicken in the broth too, if not on day 2 then day 3.

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on January 23, 2013
at 04:50 AM

My longest pure water was 16 days? I have done longer with tiny bits of veggie broths and teas, but those are a bit different. 10 days will have amazing benefits, and it will feel like forever! Many say that the first 3 days are the toughest, but for me, they are the easiest, day 4 and 5 are harder because you start to get that really trippy feeling. I also should have mentioned sleep as long as you can! Even if you can't sleep, stay in bed, it reduces the stress on the body. Also I only drink 1 quart of water per day after the first few, and feel fine.

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on January 23, 2013
at 02:26 AM

I wouldn't drink any "purified" water with chlorine and fluoride in it. If you mean purified at the source then alright. I personally wouldnt touch anything except artesian or spring water.

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on January 23, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Just do juice fasting.

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on January 23, 2013
at 12:44 AM

cool! and thanks, great stuff. what was the longest you did? im aiming for 14 days, but if 10 days would have the same benefit i might stop there. how did you break it?

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on January 22, 2013
at 11:15 PM

So many things, just a real strength, kind of empowered, reduced anxiety and worry, kind of zen and peaceful? It seems to last quite a while. I even like just taking a weekend to do 2 days to fast here and there. Physically, it seems to change how all foods taste, and genuinely good foods taste awesome and nutritious, but even old favorite junk foods have been ruined, even gluten free ones that are kind of borderline SAD - never taste like I remember, which sometimes feels kind of sad, but then again, pretty awesome, because if it still tasted good I would be all up in that stuff :-p

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:41 PM

so what effects did you notice after? what effects do you still experience? thanks!

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at 09:50 PM

What effects did you notice? How did you feel during and after? do you still notice any effects?

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on February 19, 2013
at 04:31 PM

I don't personally have experience, but someone who did it for 20 days and wrote a long article in Harper's is worth a read (unfortunately you need to subscribe but some google-fu might turn up the full article): http://harpers.org/archive/2012/03/starving-your-way-to-vigor/

Also, there was another thread about this here from last year or so: http://paleohacks.com/questions/46999/what-does-a-long-fast-feel-like

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on January 28, 2013
at 09:23 AM

so you just drink water?

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on January 23, 2013
at 02:24 AM

I done a 20 day water fast roughly a year ago. I am use to doing 2-3 day fast but this was the first time for that duration. It was an experience to say the least. I was drinking roughly 2 gallons of distilled water daily. About day 9 or so, things became really trippy but very clear in a sense. I was going thru a divorce then and that water fast not only eased the pain but gave me insight of who I am at that moment in time and where I want to be. On day 19, a sever hunger pang hit me and I knew it was time to break it then (its nothing mental, your body will actually tell you to feed it). It lead me to record the experience and put it on youtube but more importantly, it opened my world to those that have a healthy lifestyle and to follow the likes of those. I started experimenting with green juice, and raw foods and loved it for a certain period of time. I have since brought meats back into my diet and have the occasional junk food bug but it all started with the water fast. It does connect you mentally, physically, and spiritually to some entity. My mind was the sharpest then, I lost 44 pounds in those 20 days(I was weighting around 360 lbs.). And I had a renewed sense of self and purpose. I continued on that past and lost 100 pounds. I have but 40 of it back on but will fluctuate between 280 and 300 lbs. I am OK with that. I have a powerlifting background so I like being a big guy, just nice to be healthier now.

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on January 23, 2013
at 02:16 AM

bump, ive been thinking of trying it but ill only trust "people on the internet" if they come from paleo hacks!

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:38 PM

I've done several extended water fasts - it is hard to do while working, not necessarily when it comes to energy, but the whole thing can be really trippy, some days are super clear, and other days you can just get stuck in your own little world. I love the mental part, time seems to slow down and I always come out of it with some new idea or some solution to some problem. In part the extra time could just be all of the time from not preparing and eating food. Weight loss is fast, and if you break carefully, it can be maintained very successfully. If you have a history of binge eating you should be very careful.

Not sure if the other link has the full text of Dr. Shelton's work, so here is the link I use: http://www.soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/020127shelton.III/020127.toc.htm

www.fitnessthroughfasting.com has a lot of information, and there are also several religious/Christian sites with more information, like www.freedomyou.com.

I have some videos posted on my profile link, but none of them are from long fasts, and are from last fall and winter, but there might be something referenced.

I also break with diluted fruit juices. Have tried to do it with bone broth.. so freaking hard for me, makes me feel really weird but the juices, like fresh orange, seem to make it less weird, kind of balanced, and enthusiastic.. broth feels so boring and almost nauseating, but this is just my experience!

D0ef3321a191b877b3c310fd4d7f78e5

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on January 22, 2013
at 10:41 PM

so what effects did you notice after? what effects do you still experience? thanks!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:54 AM

I typically break on diluted fresh juice like orange juice. I try to do it on bone broth, but as mentioned above, that is a bit nauseating for me, especially the process of making the bone broth while still fasting. I usually have some bone broth on day 2 though, after I have some of the light juices in, it makes me feel like my brain starts to go back to normal. Then I have watery fruits for breakfast, and then bone broth with carrots, keep it light depending on the length of the fast, usually I have some chicken in the broth too, if not on day 2 then day 3.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 22, 2013
at 11:15 PM

So many things, just a real strength, kind of empowered, reduced anxiety and worry, kind of zen and peaceful? It seems to last quite a while. I even like just taking a weekend to do 2 days to fast here and there. Physically, it seems to change how all foods taste, and genuinely good foods taste awesome and nutritious, but even old favorite junk foods have been ruined, even gluten free ones that are kind of borderline SAD - never taste like I remember, which sometimes feels kind of sad, but then again, pretty awesome, because if it still tasted good I would be all up in that stuff :-p

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 23, 2013
at 12:44 AM

cool! and thanks, great stuff. what was the longest you did? im aiming for 14 days, but if 10 days would have the same benefit i might stop there. how did you break it?

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 23, 2013
at 04:50 AM

My longest pure water was 16 days? I have done longer with tiny bits of veggie broths and teas, but those are a bit different. 10 days will have amazing benefits, and it will feel like forever! Many say that the first 3 days are the toughest, but for me, they are the easiest, day 4 and 5 are harder because you start to get that really trippy feeling. I also should have mentioned sleep as long as you can! Even if you can't sleep, stay in bed, it reduces the stress on the body. Also I only drink 1 quart of water per day after the first few, and feel fine.

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on January 22, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I did it for 6 days in December. I have read the same things. You will also get some opinions which say it's dangerous. I think this read is obligatory:

http://chestofbooks.com/health/natural-cure/The-Hygienic-System-Fasting-and-Sun-Bathing/index.html

Don't exactly know what you mean by "purified water". I get my water from my well.

I never really lost my hunger. Most folks say hunger pangs go away after a couple of days, mine didn't. That's why I broke the fast, basically.

It's an interesting topic and I aim to try it again. Please comment more if you get into it.

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(78467)

on January 22, 2013
at 09:50 PM

What effects did you notice? How did you feel during and after? do you still notice any effects?

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