Water fasting is something i’ve been doing for a while now and the benefits of doing so have been amazing. It’s pretty self explanatory but to make it clear, it involves drinking only water for the complete duration of the fast.
Many people fast for different reasons. For some it’s health, religious or spiritual reasons but i think it’s something everyone should try at least once in their life, mainly for what it teaches you about yourself.
In a day count how many times you see and hear something related to food and then imagine yourself turning down all of that temptation to settle for water.! That’s no small thing, it requires great willpower. But the key to getting through it is to have a purpose because once you identify that, temptation wont phase you as much. It’s also good to have a list of low-energy tasks to help pass time e.g reading books, listening to podcasts etc.
Health benefits of water fasting
Can improve brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disorders
Promotes blood sugar control
May help lower blood pressure
What you need to know
The first few days are the hardest but it does get easier
You are going to feel tired so it’s best to do this while you’re on annual leave or at the weekend (depending on the length of your fast)
For beginniners, i suggest starting with a half a day or 1 day fast and build it up over time.
Avoid demanding exercise to conserve energy
Talk to your doctor before fasting especially if you have any medical issues
After you complete your fast, you will feel invincible lol
Decide how long you wat to fast for and then prepare your body for fasting by reducing how much you consume the day(s) before. Make sure you are eating nutrious food in the days leading up to your fast as well.
During the fast
You’ll be drinking around 2 litres a day so be sure to space it out.. Headaches and tiredness are normal and subside after some time.
You will want to break your fast with light foods and then gradually transition to heavy foods to make it easy for the body to adjust. Resist the urge to overindulge.