When I first started fasting this past winter, I did it out of my bodies need for something. I had been relatively tired and had low energy. I also felt achy and the long cold winters in the north didn't seem to be helping. I read everything I could read about fasting before I concluded that it should be the next thing to try out. I'm what you could call a research fanatic and Google is my God. I had observed all my life how animals would fast when they were sick and how humans don't. After reading numerous account of people healing themselves from a variety of different ailments simply by abstaining from food, I decided it was time to try it out! After all, we are but glorified animals. Why should we be any different from every other creature on the face of the earth when it comes to naturally healing ourselves.
Anyways, from what I had read at the time, the dry fast seemed to a more extreme and therefore more inviting method for me to try. Thus began my experiment with dry fasting. I tried not to pay much attention to any thirst I may have felt early on. I had slept until about noon the day I started, after going to bed at my usual 4am. Simply because I had it on my mind that I couldn't drink anything, I found myself thinking about it. Not because I was thirsty however. About 36 hours into my dry fasting experiment, I had to go work on some things at a family's house. This was in the middle of winter and we had just gotten about 6 inches of fresh snowfall. Sitting inside, I found myself suddenly full of energy. They say dry fasting works much quicker at clearing the body of waste as even water needs to be properly digested. With the absence of water, the body breaks down fats for hydration and also takes moisture from different areas in the body
Sometime between the 36-40 hour mark something weird started to happen. I could hear vehicles coming down the road from very far away and when they approached they sounds like a jet plane. My hearing for some reason had started to clear up and I because rather sensitive to noise. My brain also became overactive and I had a ton of ideas. I just knew with all this energy I would run out of things to do. So I started cleaning for a bit and watched several movies. After staying up rather late, I decided I should go to bed. I hadn't had anything to eat or drink in about 40 hours. I tried to fall asleep.
I thought I was heading back up north to my house, when I realized I was heading south with no off ramp for a while. I knew that my brain was a bit out of it. The ride home was pleasant though, even though I went the wrong way without even noticing. Once home I started with some juices and water and very light food. I was quickly filled with only a glass of water and a shot of cranberry juice. My arm injury felt great, I could move it freely with little to no pain. This strange event has changed my arm. I had continuous pain in it and was unable to work out with it perviously due to pain. After only 3 days of dry fasting, the pain is minimal now. I can only attribute it to the dry fast. Although I wont be doing a strict dry fast again, I did learn a few things. I now know what signs and warning to look for and what benefits may occur. After a while, your senses may become more in tuned and overly sensitive. Hearing and sense of smell especially. Body temperature drops after a while, so staying warm is critical. lemon water has the ability to stop the nausea and heart issues and sleep is great. The mind can become overactive and needs to be kept busy.
This was my first experiment and not one I recommend trying. It did however lead me to read and experiment a lot more. From dry fasting, I experimented off and on with 1-3 days of water fasting, trying various amounts of water. I concluded that drinking a glass or more first thing in the morning, generally held me over for a while. Then only drinking when necessary, and not always doing it, makes it much easier. If you are always drinking, you will always be running to the bathroom. It makes you wonder how much rest if any your actually giving your body. So my recommendation is water first thing, then listen to your body and only drink when thirsty, no more, no less.
Dry Fasting OR Absolute Fasting - A type of fasting, where an individual goes completely without food or water for a period of time. Usually this time frame is 1-3 days. Some versions of Absolute Fasting also advise against showers / baths and other things as well.
My experiment with dry fasting ended after 2 days. Nausea, erratic heart beat, sensitive hearing, sense of smell and overactive mind were all present during the fast. Old injuries became achy and mobility was decreased but later returned better than before the fast.
Although there are those that will still recommend Dry Fasting as the ultimate healing tool, I would not recommend it to you. It is an extreme form of fasting and can be dangerous without a doubt. I am glad I tried this method but doubt I will do an absolute fast any time in the near future.
Part 2 - Intermittant Fasting (IF)