My 5 Day Water Fast Experience
As a health professional I do not participate in fad diets nor do I recommend them to others. This is not a fad diet. Although weight loss is eminent it is not the ultimate goal when participating in a water fast. The benefits of doing a water fast extend far beyond aesthetics. Some of the benefits include:
There are many other benefits, but these four are the most intriguing to me and the most researched. However, besides journal articles the anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of water fasting are extremely intriguing!
All this said, every individual responds differently to fasting. Depending on how much your body needs to repair the fast may be more/less difficult, and side-effects may vary.
Below I have summarized my experience water-fasting. Thankfully I do not have any major health concerns going into the fast, but I did need to reset my blood glucose levels and my response to sugar. In addition, I added some anxiety/stress reducing activities to make the detox complete. The fasting and activities I chose created a great base for reflection and spiritual reconnection.
Side note, upon finding out I was doing a detox a friend quoted Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you,” and I thought that quote was the perfect mantra to repeat throughout the fast.
During my fast I took a couple of supplements, and allowed for the consumption of water and some tea. If you have major complications I would recommend getting in touch with a practitioner that can guide you through the fast.
The supplements I chose were meant to ensure I have a (relatively) easy transition into the water fast and have good energy levels throughout. I also used probiotics to maximize the benefits of the fast for my digestive system. Sea salt was an essential addition for me as I have low blood pressure. Sea salt is especially recommended for longer fasts, otherwise extremely low levels of salt in the body can result in cardiac arrest.
1/4 tsp sea salt
Rules & Activities: Limit social media and makeup use, prayer, colouring therapy, reading.
*If you plan on trying this out you don't need all the above, most people just need a multivitamin and Omega-3 for a short fast. For longer fasts it's best to take all the above (minus biotin).
The Diary: Pre and Post Fast
Day 1 (Friday August 4, 2017)
What I achieved:
Day 2 (Saturday August 5, 2017)
Day 3 (Sunday August 6, 2017)
Day 4 (Monday August 7, 2017)
Day 5 (Tuesday August 8, 2017)
OVERALL STATS (Post Fast)
Day 1 Post Fast (Wednesday August 9, 2017)
Day 2 Post Fast (Thursday August 10, 2017)
Day 3 Post Fast (Friday August 11, 2017)
Consuming a balanced diet daily:
2 cups fruit or balanced breakfast
Minimum 5-6 cups of salad a day
A serving of protein* for lunch and dinner
1 serving of bread/rice/potatoes a day
1-2 cups of Ayran a day
100-200 cal dessert.
* Protein: Chicken, meat, fish, eggs, beans.
Day 6 Post Fast (Monday August 14, 2017)
OVERALL STATS (6 Days Post Fast)
I found it difficult to limit social media completely, and I realized that social media is seen as this entirely negative thing when in fact there are many positive components. I appreciated seeing emotional status updates from friends that were going through a rough time, and I appreciated keeping up with global news. I think it is important to stay connected with the people we love, and if that has to happen through social media then so be it. Besides, depending on who you follow, your feed just may provide the inspiration you need to stick to you cleanse.
Post Fast Reflections
To conclude I will definitely be incorporating more intermittent and long-term water fasting into my life. The benefits are numerous, and when the fast is planned there are very little downsides. I am surprised at how productive I was throughout the fast, and know now that I can do a fast while working. If you’ve done a juice or water fast let me know about your experience!
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