A 72-hour water-only fast can have a profound of effect on your body and mind. A fasting for an extended period like this should only be undertaken under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as it can have significant effects on your health.
Researchers are studying fasting and the healing role it may play in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Raman et al. 2023), rheumatoid arthritis (Palmblad and Ringertz 1991), diverticulitis (Marshall et al. 2018), enhancing cancer treatments (Longo, et al. 2014). And many other conditions!
Here are some things that happen during a 72-hour water fast:
Breaking the Fast:
Refeeding: When you decide to break the fast, it’s crucial to do so gradually and with easily digestible foods like fruits, cooked vegetables, and small portions of lean protein. Your digestive system may be sensitive after an extended fast.
Hormones that regulate hunger and metabolism is temporarily altered, so it’s important to reintroduce food carefully to avoid overeating.
Remember that individual experiences can vary, and fasting for an extended period like 72 hours may not be suitable for everyone, especially if you have underlying health conditions. Always consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any prolonged fast and closely monitor your body’s responses throughout the fast. It’s essential to listen to your body and break the fast if you experience severe discomfort, weakness, or other concerning symptoms.
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