Figure you could survive on just h2o for an extended period of time? Well, water-fasting says you can, and that it can actually work wonders in healing chronic health conditions; thanks to the sheer amount of cellular repair that can be done when your body isn’t over-exerted from breaking down any food.
Water fasting is an ancient detoxification method that has been used for tens of thousands of years in indigenous cultures and in Eastern medicine. When water-fasting, the body’s enzyme system can focus on breaking down toxins so any parasites, bacterial overgrowth and candida will be lessened or eliminated.
But let’s be real here; water fasting sounds extreme; like the cabbage soup diet, or drinking solely a tonic of lemon juice, water, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for an extended period of time. It sounds like a fad or a quick-fix; perfect for celebrities who want to drop ten kilos in two weeks.
But what if we told you that water fasting can be a useful tool for anyone on a quest for greater health and healing?
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Here’s what you need to know about water-fasting:
1. It’s Completely Safe and Backed By Science
Studies at the University of California Berkeley have stated that three day water fasts serve your body by reseting your immune system and activating the stem cells that enable you to perform at your optimum level.
Poor immune function and toxic contaminations that occur as a result of a range of lifestyle factors have been shown to drastically improve after water fasting, as have a range of other medical conditions including psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, uterine fibroids, intestinal parasites, allergies, hay fever, hives, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia.
So to say that water-fasting is an effective healing modality would be a huge understatement.
2. You Won’t Go Into Starvation Mode
When you take a break from eating and digesting foods and instead drink only water, your body dips into nutrient reserves for energy and fuel. Your body will go into ketosis after a couple of days, which is when your body burns fat for fuel instead of relying on glucose.
Between being in ketosis and using your previously-established nutrient reserves for energy, your brain and blood sugar levels are able to remain stable. This is also why your metabolism won’t be shot to hell, and why people who have serious illnesses and diseases to heal from can fast for up to 40 days monitored by a health professional without having their bodies go into starvation mode.
3. Professional Supervision Is Suggested
While it might seem counter-intuitive to seek supervision for a diet that literally contains one ingredient, performing a water-fast under the guidance of a functional medicine practitioner, dietician, naturopath or other professional is highly recommended. Said professional can monitor your blood sugar levels to ensure that you’re burning fat for fuel, instead of glucose.
4. Your Hormones Won’t Go Into Meltdown
We’ve all heard that fasting can lead to unstable blood sugar levels which can lead to huge hormonal fluctuations and insulin resistance, but because water fasting draws upon your nutrient reserves instead of glucose, you’re able to bypass all of the hormonal disruptions. Actually, your hormones are able to come into better balance because your body is able to clear out excess hormones which lead to imbalances. Say hola to clearer skin, lustrous locks and on-fleek digestion.