Is it ok to start a fast while constipated and full?

Commented on November 27, 2013
Created November 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I???m going to try a 10 day fast to fix my ongoing digestion issues. I always feel fatigued, tired, and in general poor health.

I have chronic constipation which seems to be the source of the trouble. I???d like to go on a ketogenic paleo diet, but meat seems to make the constipation worse. Awful headaches, legs feel dead, etc.

Last week I tried clearing myself out with laxatives for a few days before the faast, because I think being constipated while fasting would diminish the healing effects and not allow me to reset properly. Problem was, I lost too many electrolytes and had to break the fast early- my muscles were twitching within hours.

So I???m trying again, having lots of milk, broth, guacamole, etc while talking laxatives.

Would fasting on a full stomach have the same effect as on an empty stomach, IF you were legitimately constipation?

It would be nice to start the fast after thanksgiving, and make the dinner my last meal, but then obviously I won???t be cleared out



on November 27, 2013
at 04:08 PM

have you fasted before?

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on November 27, 2013
at 02:08 AM

I'm going to be doing the same thing when this semester ends. I usually fast from Friday night to Sunday evening anyway, and the longest fast I've done is from a Friday night to Monday night, with no problems, so I think I can handle a 7-10 day fast; I'm hoping that it resets some system in my body(fatigue, brain fog, malaise, your typical "can't figure it out" syndrome symptoms)

A great way to empty your bowels is a salt water flush(tbsp quality sea salt in a quart of warm water. lay on your right side and prepare for loose stool in about 30 minutes). Its fairly common in Ayurveda. I'm not sure how it effects your gut flora but I haven't had any problems with it.



on November 27, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Go for it. Just be sure to get *all* your electrolytes when you fast. That means take lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, AND lick some sea salt (yes, I'm serious) when you feel the urge. Lack of salt is one of the main reasons people get light-headed and low-blood pressury when they fast. Get enough salt, and you'll find you'll have a surprising amount of energy.

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