QUESTIONS ABOUT FASTING
What is a water fast?
It is going without any food and only consuming water. yes, only consuming water. No solid food, no coffee or tea, and no juices – nothing but water.
Why would someone engage in a water fast?
There are many reasons that one would engage a water fast. A few would be a requirement for a medical procedure, recommendation from a physician, spiritual or religious tradition, and to gain health benefits.
What are the benefits of water fasting?
Just as with the reasons for fasting there are multiple benefits and they can vary with each person. Some people clear up medical conditions and others gain a sense of control. The following list are a few benefits:
2. Rest the Digestive System
3. Break previous eating patterns and making you aware of them
4. Strengthen the immune system.
5. Feeling of rejuvenation
6. Mental clarity
7. Breakthrough and healing in areas of confusion or being “stuck”
8. Promotes focus
9. Promotes relaxation, stillness, and enhance spiritual and personal connections
10. Increase in energy
11. Improved blood pressure
12. Improved skeletal and muscular systems
13. Increased sense of control and will power
14. Weight loss
***FOR WOMEN: Many women report a decrease in cramps, swelling, breast discomfort, or mood swings during their menstrual cycle during fasting.
How long should one fast?
That is entirely up to you. You need to be sure that you have check in with a doctor, especially those who have health issues. I will say that you have to clear about your goals and not let you doctor deter you from some sort of fast because there are benefits. Many Western practitioners are not prone to recommend holistic remedies out of a lack of knowledge or a desire to prescribe something. Keep that in mind.
You do not have to take on 40 days, you can take on 3-4 or 4-5 days. Maybe a weekend starting Friday and ending on Sunday. Monday morning you would begin reintroducing foods starting with fruit. The difference in taste, feeling, and even weight can be encouraging.
How much do I drink?
First, you should not use tap water. Drink filtered or distilled water only. I use distilled water that I purchase from WalMart, it’s abut $.88 per gallon in my area. Now, it is recommended that you drink at least 8 cups which is 1.8 liters. So, it’s safe to say at least 2 liters. I regularly drink a gallon of water which I do at the beginning of the fast, but usually tapers off the further I get into the fast. Do drink at least 2 liters and then drink as much as needed when you are thirsty. Drinking a lot of water still makes the kidneys work. The point is to give you system rest from processing foods, allow for the release of toxins, and healing.
A few words about water fasting. Although I have done it before, it’s never the same each time. You can easily experience different sensations, learn new things, and have a completely different experience each time. Sunday, I felt fine minus the dizziness and dry mouth. These are to be expected, however, I’ve never experienced them so early in a fast. It should be noted that during a fast you are relaxing and so your blood pressure is lowered. For some people it can drop lower than others. If you naturally have low blood pressure it can drop lower so you have to take your time standing up or you can experience dizziness or fainting. Never have I fainted, but I have had to grab a wall a couple of times. My best guess my issue is that I naturally have low blood pressure as evidenced over the years. Although I’ve experienced those over the past few days, yesterday was not bad at all. In fact, I woke up feeling light – not to be confused with light-headed. The dry mouth was gone (who knows if it will come back). However, by 8pm I found myself sleepier than I would usually be. Right now, I’m feeling happier, taking time to do things, and being settled with that – for now.
I know people are going to wonder about weight loss already, but I haven’t weighed in. That is a pattern I’ve seen with myself that I want to break. I’ll weigh once per week, but I don’t want this to be wholly about doing it for weight loss. I will share about the weight loss weekly no more, no less. Well, maybe when my clothes begin to loosen it will get a mention. On Saturday, I saw a quote that stated fasting is not about “doing” but about changing your “being”. And that is my focus. How am I being about my life? How am I being about the people I love? How am I being about the things I say I want? Once the transformation in being happens then the doing will be an easy byproduct and amazing, audacious, and life transforming and affirming things begin to emerge with ease.
The answer to “Sidney are you crazy?”: Nope. Not technically!