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Water Fast For Better Health

Fasting Throughout History

For thousands of years throughout cultures and religions, fasting has been a protocol for improving health and spiritual well-being. Many thinkers and healers such as Socrates, Plato, Hippocrates and Aristotle praised the benefits of fasting. Recently, fasting has seen a revitalization due to its many benefits.  Not to mention the fact that it seems to be a “buzz word” in the health & wellness industry.

Fasting for the Modern Day

Our modern day resources have a plethora of knowledge to make whatever style of fast you decide on successful.  There are many to choose from, including intermittent fasting, liquid fasts (including the water fast), partial fasts, long term fasts, and religious fasts.  Choose one that’s right for you!  A short-term water fast can reset certain biological processes and reinvigorate your health. Additionally, some of the benefits include improved body composition, a boost in metabolism, promoting greater satiety, supporting better insulin sensitivity, and improving cell-recycling (Autophagy).

Water Fast (which is not a fast from water)

A water fast in the strict sense means water only; zero calories. A water fast can be done for any length of time. Surprisingly, your body can thrive on water alone for a longer period of time than you think. Most common water fasts are one, 3, 5, 7, or 10 day(s). The goal is not to overshoot; my first fast was going to be 24 hours but lasted only four hours once I passed the first burrito in sight.  Now that I have gotten into it, I utilize a two day water fast once a month.  This works great for me and my lifestyle.

Water Quality

Quality of water is critical. Because nothing else is going in, the negative effects of contamination in your water will be magnified with little to no food in your stomach. Aim for 2 to 3 quarts (96 oz) of fresh flowing filtered water per day. The water intake should be spread throughout your day.

Plan Ahead

Planning is key to success, i.e. do not make a batch of cookies for the kids while on the fast and tempt yourself.  Get plenty of sleep. Exercise is ok as long as you are not over exerting, you know your limits.  Because of the importance of good water quality, plan ahead with reusable, refillable vessels.  Fill them up at home in the morning and bring them with you.  This will sustain you throughout the day with quality, filtered water.

Written by Tom Leahy.  Tom loves to mountain and road bike, backcountry ski and enjoy the Rocky Mountains any way he can.  Tom is the Regional Sales Manager for Water, Inc. representing the Colorado, Utah and Wyoming markets and has a BG6000 Full Flow filter installed at his home. 

*now’s the time for our common sense disclaimer – the information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, or a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. talk to your doc before doing something new!