Dangers of Water Fasting
For thousands of years, if not more, people have been water fasting for a variety of reasons. One of the more common reasons that people are doing it [more recently] is for weight loss. I’d like to point out upfront, that this is not a healthy way to lose weight, nor is it an effective way to lose weight in the long term. Firstly, depriving your body of nutrients is a major issue that causes all sorts of problems that we will get into shortly. Second, by losing weight that fast, you are basically telling your body that you are starving, and it will hold on to fat. Which actually means the weight you are losing is primarily muscle based, which probably isn’t what you are going for.
A few of the other dangers associated with water fasting are:
Orthostatic Hypotension – A drop in blood pressure when you stand up, which can lead to fainting.
Worsening of Medical Conditions including: Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Heartburn, and more.
Death – If you starve or fast for too long.
Dehydration – Believe it or not, this can happen, since much of our daily water intake comes from the foods we eat.
Loss of Muscle
Stress to your Organs
It is best to stay way from any of these downfalls, so if you absolutely need to water fast because of your beliefs/religion, be sure to study up and learn the absolute safest way to do so. If you don’t need to fast and are just looking to lose some weight or detox, there are other ways! Changing your diet is the total and complete #1 best choice. Exercising aptly will make a huge impact on your health as well. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is also crucial to any detox, so there’s another aspect to look at. And some herbal teas can also help you to detox as well! There are so many other healthy options, there is no need to deprive your body of nutrients unless you deem it absolutely mandatory.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed! Leave any thoughts and questions in the comments section below! I hope you are having a great day!
Kim Shapira M.S., R.D.