Dry Fasting and its Benefits
Firstly, let me start by saying I have been dry fasting for many years. I was introduced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the early 90's. I have found it very beneficial for my mind, body and soul.
What is DRY FASTING?
It is completely refraining from FOOD and WATER for an intermittent time say like going without for 16 hours and drinking for 8 hours or 24 hours. Isn't this dangerous and lead to dehydration many ask? Thousands of people practice dry fasting around the world and as long as you DO NOT GO OVER 24 hours without fluid there is benefits.
Dry fasting is a more advanced way of fasting. Many fasts include water intake whereas dry fasting excludes water intake.
Dry fasting has been practised for centuries however in the west it is only coming to light and researched menically.
Fasting is used by nearly all religions as a form of cleansing, penitence, self-discipline, or to feel closer to their deities. Fasting is practiced in:
Judaism (during Yom Kippur)
Christianity (during Lent and Advent)
Mormonism (one Sunday of each month)
Buddhism (to aid meditation)
Jainism (to reach transcendence)
Islam (during Ramadan).
The Islamic, Mormon, and Jewish fasts are the only ones that prohibit water, so they’re true dry fasts.
The benefits of fasting are backed by research.
Studies find that caloric restriction or fasting can enhance longevity, increase neurogenesis (neuron production), lower oxidative markers, balance insulin levels, and improve brain plasticity.
Dry fasting in specific is associated with significantly reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, and balanced glucose
Dry fasting can be extremely beneficial to cell regeneration and repair.
Dry Fasting The Right Way
Dry fasting can improve many metabolic markers and protect against disease if you do it under the right conditions. It can be potentially deadly if you don’t know how to approach it. Here’s how to make it work:
Who Should Dry Fast?
Someone who has plenty of experience with water fasts and has had no side effects from them.
Someone who is fat-adapted.
People who aren’t prone to migraines or headaches.
Someone who isn’t coffee or tea-dependent.
People without any eye-related diseases.
Who Shouldn’t Dry Fast?
People who have never tried water fasts before, or those who have only done juice fasts.
People who are prone to headaches or migraines, because a dry fast can trigger them[*].
People dependent on stimulants like coffee and tea, because the withdrawal during the fast can cause headaches and moodiness[*].
People with dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, or cataracts. Dry fasting has been shown to exacerbate the symptoms in these conditions[*].
How Long Can I Dry Fast?
Intermittent dry fasting has been the most researched, while there’s no evidence to guarantee the safety of dry fasts that last more than a day.
Here’s how to succeed at dry fasting
Prepare your body one week in advance if you drink caffeine regularly. Limit the amount you take over the week otherwise you will experience caffeine withdrawls during the fast.
Experiment With a Water-Only Fast
Test the waters, literally. See how your body responds to water-based intermittent fasting instead of going cold-turkey on a dry fast.
This step is the most crucial because it will tell you if your body is prepared to try a dry fast at all.
Do an intermittent fast for a week in which you only eat 8 hours a day and spend 16 hours without eating (but drinking plenty of water).
If you don’t experience any serious adverse effects like headaches or excessive weakness your body may be able to handle a dry fast. Once it becomes a regular practice say like once a month you will feel the benefits.