Water Fasting – What Does it Mean?
Water! Our body is made up of a large percentage of it.
That fact alone should be enough for all of us to take notice of the importance water plays in the health of our body and the need to keep ourselves hydrated. Water fasting, according to the writings of Don Tolman, has existed since the beginning of life on Earth.
My own experience and opinion growing up, was based on information talked about through social interaction and the media.
Hence, water fasting, in my early and limited opinion, was something you did to lose weight. Even then, water fasting as a diet, was seen as radical and unhealthy.
I was never game enough to try water fasting when younger. Even if at the odd time I did feel the need to diet. I would fear that I could not last one day without food. Often the reaction of missing one meal was enough to think that my theory could be right.
Well, I laugh at my preconceptions surrounding fasting, now that I have gained a greater understanding of food, water and our bodies. I hope you too will expand your own knowledge from the information and resources I provide here.
There is a great program to get you informed straight away and it is available here.
In the true sense of the word, water fasting means quite simply to consume nothing else but a certain quantity of water per day, for a certain time frame.
Water Fasting – Why Do It?
There can be a number of reasons for water fasting. The health benefits are various but primarily it is for healing. This can also mean detoxifying or cleansing the body.
Often parents will panic if their child has not eaten after a few days of being sick and want them to eat even if their child does not feel like it yet. Then, lemonade and crackers or chicken soup are used as the first foods to put into the body. A better option would be an apple or some fresh organic raw food or healthy smoothie. This would do more to heal the body faster.
I encourage parents to give water or watermelon until your child indicates that they are feeling well enough to eat.
Water, during illness, is a key to getting well sooner rather than later as the body is better able to focus on healing. It is also critical for hydration.
Water fasting is great for those who suffer from allergies or food problems. The longer the water fast, the greater chance that you can rid yourself of your allergies.
Say, for example that your body was displaying food intolerance symptoms or had an allergy to strawberries. You may work yourself up to being able to eventually do a 21 day water fast and then re-introduce strawberries gradually.
In my opinion, water fasting for weight loss should not be the main reason for fasting but an additional benefit. If you are interested in weight loss then take a look at my article on The Green Smoothie Revolution.
Water Fasting – What To Expect
Sometimes we can misread our health issues and this can impact how we feel when we get started.
I know when I did my first water fast, I barely made it through day one and felt sick, tired, shaky and completely out of energy. Then, as I moved toward a high raw food diet and tried my next one day water fast, I found by the end of day one I was almost ready to try a longer fast.
Doing a water fast is not always easy. You may feel quite sick when you start and it is important for you to have as much information as possible prior to starting.
You may feel worse before you start to feel better but don’t let this put you off.
People who have done water fasting have shared that the experience at day 3 is very difficult but day 4 is euphoric.
Don Tolman has done a 40 water fast on more than one occasion and yes, he is still VERY alive to prove and tell you that the benefits are amazing.
Everyone’s experience is different. The FDR explains in much greater detail, the process the body goes through during water fasting. I found the information in The FDR to be fascinating and fantastic to equip me with the knowledge and confidence to get started.
For other great tips and ideas and more on what to expect from water fasting you can check out this program.
Another step I would look at taking is filtering your water, not just for water fasting but to give your body clean water, in the true sense of the word.
Water Fasting – Go to it!
Water fasting should be something we incorporate into our routine. Your body can benefit greatly if you incorporate it for one day a week as a start or even one day a fortnight.
If you are new to water fasting then I recommend you drink the right amount of water for your body weight prior to water fasting. This means your body will be more able to adapt to the change with less reaction.
With the right information, support and understanding, water fasting is worth doing. If you want to start but you want to work your way toward water then I suggest you start with green smoothies to get your body ready.
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