As I’m writing this post, I’m doing my weekly dry-fasting. Once a week, for 36 hours, I don’t consume any food, liquids or water. My body is put on temporary starvation because of the incredible health benefits that you get from this practice.
I’m only 31 years old, but due to the bad mainstream diet that I’ve been fed my entire life, together with poor lifestyle choices and other factors, I’ve started to accumulate my first health problems. Candida and IBS being some of them.
With IBS, doctors claim there is no cure for it, that you just have to adapt your lifestyle and avoid XYZ – but I’m not able to accept this fact. I know that humans are (in most cases) not born with disorders, we create them ourselves because of all the toxic exposure we get from food and other external sources. We should, therefore, be able to cure ourselves, by removing anything that is destroying us and create an environment in our bodies where disease cannot flourish.
The human body is a highly intelligent mechanism that has survived millions of years and is fully capable of healing itself, without the need for any doctors, medication or technology.
The problem is that in today’s society, humans are very much controlled by government and corporations who have to make money off us. There is no financial benefit for them in promoting natural self-healing. These companies and the economy will not benefit if humans stopped eating animal products, processed foods or stop taking medication. There is too much money involved for the corporations and the government, which is why you don’t have many mainstream doctors promoting fasting to their patients. It’s sad because there has been a lot of clinical studies in the last 100 years that backs the facts, but for whatever reason, the masses are still being fed various myths about fasting and what the human needs.
Most people, frown upon when they hear the word fasting, in fact, they either associate it with eating disorders or think that you’re crazy. If people only got the right education, fasting would become more acknowledged and save people from serious diseases.
I’ve been fasting on and off for a while, in the past months, I’ve started incorporating fasting into my weekly regime. Previously, I’ve done multiple juice fasts (10 days being the longest one), and I have practiced regular water fasts for up to 5 days long. As you get experience, you prepare your body to do more severe fasts like dry fasting.
At the stage where I’m at today, it’s completely healthy for me to do a 36 hours dry fasting once a week, with time, I will be able to do 48 hours, 3 – 5 days and even longer if I get that desire. Dry fasts can be done longer than 5 days, but only under supervision from experienced practitioners.
The modern human eats too often and too much. Food is too available to us, and we get programmed to believe myths like “it’s healthy to eat small meals every 3 hours.”
Humans are hunters and gatherers by nature. For millions of years we have eaten whenever we have found food, and that was never in a regular cycle. We could find food one day and then be without for several days to come, our bodies are built and adapted to this principle.
It’s only in the recent 100 years, the peak of the industrial era, where food has become so immensely available to us. For social and cultural reasons, we now eat up to 6 times a day, and it’s considered “normal.” Little do we know that we’re actually damaging and putting stress on our inner organs, when our digestive system has to be working 24/7 to digest all the heavy foods we put in our mouths. Our organs never get an actual break to heal and repair itself, because their main focus always revolves around food digestion and nothing else.
When you stop eating temporarily, you give your digestive system and your body a break from breaking down all this food. What happens is that your body gets the conditions it needs to heal itself, and it starts by doing so with cell rejuvenation and killing off all the toxins inside your body that has been building up for years.
Why is dry fasting better than water fasting?
All fasting is good, but dry fasting is more efficient and has more health benefits. One day of dry fast is equivalent to 3 days of water fast in terms of detoxification. You accomplish much more in a shorter amount of time, which is great for people who find it difficult to make room for fasting in their busy lives (as it can require a little bit of planning or timeout).
If you do a normal water fast, your body eliminates the toxins through skin, liver, urine, bowels, and kidneys – but on dry fast, the body goes through a much more complicated process where each cell burns up the toxins inside the cell itself. Additionally, your body has no need to process fluids like water, giving your immune system the chance to work with full efficiency since it has no workload from the digestion. Its healing capacity goes therefore into its fullest mode, and that’s when miracles start happening.
What happens inside the body on the more scientific level, can be found in this great article. I recommend anyone who wants to learn in depth about dry fasting and understand why it’s so beneficial to our health.
What are the benefits?
Bacteria, viruses, parasites, inflammation and damaged cells cannot survive inside the body without water.
When you do a dry fast, you kill them off by not feeding them with what they usually thrive off. As a result, the body cleanses itself and start creating new healthy cells and make space for them in all our tissues where previously the “bad stuff” would have lived. Everything that is harmful gets burned up by the healthy cells, and they start dividing faster and producing stronger and more powerful cells.
Fasting helps the body to “restart its system” and become an undesired host for diseases and health problems.
As a bonus, you get weight loss. When you dry fast, your body uses its fat deposits three times faster than if you would have done a water fast. People who want to lose weight will notice how dry fasting is one of the most efficient methods to weight loss and getting a toned body without the loss of much muscle mass.
What to think of?
It’s important to know that if you are pregnant or underweight, fasting is not recommended. Anyone who may be unsure of their conditions should always consult with a doctor before attempting fasting.
For people who are new to fasting and feel ready to give it a try, dry fasting is not to recommend in the beginning. Instead, you should do 24 hours & 36-hour water fasts until you feel ready to start eliminating water too.
One of the most important things to think about is how you enter the fast, and how you break it. You should never stuff yourself full of food before your fast begins, as your digestive system will be working on breaking that food down for many hours to come. You should eat something light or drink raw juices, preparing your digestion for rest.
When it’s time to breaking the fast, you must never do so by eating food. It should always be done with liquids, like water or raw juices. You introduce food gradually as it will otherwise be too much burden on a previously inactive/resting digestion. Your first meals should not consist of heavy dishes, but instead, something light like soup or anything easy to digest like fruits.
Doing fasting regularly is advised, as complete detoxification does not happen in one go. If you add fasting as a regular practice in your life, you may see some of these amazing health benefits:
- Diseases will improve if not go away completely
- Allergies and health disorders will do so too
- You might live 20 years longer, as regular practice extends your life expectancy and youth
- Fasting is the best anti-aging method, as when the cells rejuvenate itself it will make you look younger as a result
- Your skin, nails, and hair will improve its quality
- You will lose weight, and what you lose will mainly be from stored fat
- You will get a clearer mind and better productivity levels
… and much more
The reason why I wanted to include this topic on JetsetBabe, is because fasting has helped me a lot with my transformation.
My candida is gone, my IBS is reduced with 70%, other health issues have improved, I’ve lost weight, my skin is better, I feel I look younger than my age and my mind has benefitted so much from this practice. I feel more efficient and productive, even though fasting can occasionally feel challenging. But it’s never as bad as it sounds.
People assume you will feel intense hunger and thirst as you fast, it’s not all like that. You have these sensations from time to time, but most of the times, you actually feel quite good – if not normal. Occasionally you can be easily irritated, or feel hot/cold, and so on. The symptoms are very individual, I only speak for myself.
But the results and feelings I get from this practice make me want to continue. If it didn’t work or would be that terrible, I would never withstand doing it once a week.
If you have any questions I’m happy to answer, just leave in the comments section and I will respond.