Fasting has been practiced for centuries, and it’s not just a religious practice. Many people use fasting as a way to improve their health, lose weight or even for self-discovery purposes. Fasting has proven benefits like increased insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation levels, and improved cellular repair processes.
But what happens when you take fasting to the extreme by doing it for three days? Will you feel weak, dizzy or hallucinate due to the lack of nutrients in your body?
Let’s take a dive into this unique experience together!
The science behind water fasting
Before we go any further, let’s understand what water fasting is all about.
Water fasting is a type of fast where you consume absolutely nothing but water throughout the designated period. This means no food, coffee or juice for three days straight !
This form of fast provides an efficient way to rejuvenate your body on many different levels that don’t get activated with other types of diets types because it promotes something called autophagy.
Autophagy: clearing out old cells
Autophagy is the process by which your body clears out old cells so new ones can grow properly. In simple terms – when the body doesn’t eat anything for short periods , It signals these dead & non-functional cells to be removed from our system naturally.
The term “autophagy” comes from Greek words meaning “self” and “eating. ” So during times of metabolic stress such as nutrient deprivation , the immune system activates recycling mechanisms that break down interconnected biomolecules . This mechanism can help remove damaged mitochondria/organelles/cells and generate new healthy ones resulting in overall systemic rejuvenation .
Insulin sensitivity: improved glucose management
Another benefit of water fasting is how it increases our insulin sensitivity. This means that when you start eating again, your body will better manage the glucose in your system so there won’t be any sudden blood sugar spikes.
One study found significant improvements in both glucose and insulin levels during a five-day water fast for people with type two diabetes— further supporting water fasting’s potential as an essential clinical tool for this condition.
Weight Management: promote fat loss
Water-fasting has also gained popularity among folks looking to lose weight. A 2017 study showed short-term fasting periods like three days can lead to a reduction of fat mass while retaining lean muscle mass through increasing growth hormone production by up to 1300%.
But just because you’re cutting out food entirely doesn’t mean that you’ll drop pounds easily post-fast 🙂 It requires one to build a solid foundation from changing their lifestyle choices around food before & more importantly post-fast .
The Fast-Food Withdrawal Symptoms: What To Expect!
With some basic science now understood, let’s look at what happens when you decide to undergo water fasting for three days.
On day one, most people feel normal and might experience hunger pangs or mild headaches due to caffeine withdrawals, but restlessness starts creeping in as going long hours without chewing even becomes noticeable. You want those crunchy munchies now!
By day two hunger pangs come and go while restlessness sets in since the last time we ate something feels like [. . . ]forever! People crave pretty much anything by this point – life-long avoider of pickles? Guess what. . . They suddenly appear very tempting!
Overall, people have reported having almost nothing driving their overall mood . Be aware while driving or assessing cognitive function– Detoxing can induce vertigo & sleepiness than usual.
On the third day of fasting, people tend to feel lighter and more energized with mild hunger pangs remaining. Placing attention on their mind-body connection starts becoming second nature, with intense awareness around eating habits .
This increased clarity is where folks get into what it means to be human and catapulted into the “self-discovery” aspect of water fasting.
The Benefits Of Water Fasting Beyond Physical Health
The benefits of water fasting aren’t just limited to your physical well-being; it also has positive effects on your mental health!
Heightened Self-Awareness: deeper self-exploration/healing
Fasting enables one to turn down external stimuli that typically trigger our survival/stress responses, allowing us to focus inward .
By turning off external noise from things like internet ads/popups, even conversations overheard in public spaces offer time for inner reflection. It’s why many have reported finding out hidden psychological triggers during this intimate window period in their lives and sought out healing/self-growth opportunities post-fast because understanding yourself better is never bad!
Happiness Factor boost: Enjoying Simplicity
Water-fasting offers an appreciation/understanding that pleasure can lie within simple joys +activities beyond food consumption. Some fasters report feeling overwhelming contentment after finishing their fasts because they had newfound solidarity amidst themselves through something as basic as drinking-water.
The Break-Fast Beginning
After completing our mission for three days—breaking a fast properly becomes paramount. A diluted fresh fruit juice or a few slices of fruit followed up by another piece of fruit not only sets us on a steady stomach; but, more importantly, helps our system gradually make the transition to its new eating habits.
Disclaimer: consult with a doctor before attempting long-term fasts
Before embarking on any water fasting journey that lasts longer than a day or two, please talk to your doctor or a nutritionist. There are certain things like blood sugar levels and anemia status that should be considered before you even begin! The length+severity of water-fast should concern doctors only because some conditions require it now and then suggest avoiding any potentially harmful consequences altogether.
Okay, so what Do You Miss Out On During A Water Fast?
During water-fasting periods of such magnitude , we skip out on daily needed micronutrient intake – vitamins/minerals-amino acids/proteins-but consuming vitamin supplements has been significantly reported as supporting positive benefits from this experience still!
It’s understandable how not everyone would want to involve themselves in a 3-day fast; however, if one experienced true curiosity towards singularly focused self-growth/stress relief/short-term fat loss/resetting possible bad habits around food consumption – nothing can beat doing something as fantastic as taking care of oneself for the silence it brings externally + internally!
Disclaimer: Please use caution when starting any dietary plan–as seen here–and always speak with your healthcare provider beforehand !
With enough preparation & research done before going into these extremes forms of dietary modifications adding anything novel to healthy life practices isn’t too far away!