Friday, March 29

How to Do a 24-Hour Water Fast Properly

Water fasting is amazing, but if one has never done it before it could be quite intimidating. Well, I'm here to help and guide you through the entire process. Today I'm going to be water fasting myself, and I'll document everything throughout the day.

If done right, water fasting is a safe and healthy way to heal the body. The results are astonishing! Most people do it for weight loss, which is great, but there's so much more to it than that. Scientists have studied water fasting, and have observed that bodybuilders that fast once a week gain more quality muscle tissue faster. This is because the body is cleaner and more efficient. It's truly capable of healing anything, and only toxins and weak tissue will be expelled.

Sounds wonderful; so how do we get started?  Pick a day that's free of any burdens. No chores, no school, no work, no schedule, and even no exercise. The fast day is truly a time to relax and reflect. Even something as simple as exercising can disrupt it. The expects at True North Health Center recommend to stay calm and at peace throughout the day. So enjoy the time off, and we don't even have to prepare food!

I like to prep for my water fast by eating well the previous day. So my meals consisted of organic blended juice and fresh raw produce. That's pretty much my diet anyway, and that alone is very cleansing. It's a good way to transition to just water for fast day. That means nothing but water for an entire 24 hours. This includes all cosmetics, because these enter the body through the skin and go straight into the bloodstream.

Use the best water that you can find for the fasting. Yes, filtered water is an excellent choice, but if you don't have access to that it's okay. At least boil the water in order to sanitize it a bit, and have plenty ready to go. That, and only drink from glass. No plastic or metal should ever be used.

Here's a great video that shows how to get good water and explains why glass is important:



Also, if you're interested in more, I documented a seven-day fast here:

So that's pretty much it. Drink about 7-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Rest, meditate, read, sit in the sun... The day is yours!

Woke at 6:30am
Got up naturally without the alarm clock, full of energy, and ready to start the day. I went downstairs, opened up all of the currents and got my first glass of water. I started writing this blog shortly after, and got my second helping of water. This time in a tea cup, to help simulate warm tea. No tea, of course, just warm water.

10:00am
Got the beginning of this blog post all wrapped up, and am working on my third glass of water. I'm doing great, and plan on going upstairs to sit in the warm sun for a bit to reflect. Just me and my thoughts. 

1:00pm
So, I've had three more glasses of water. I'm just chilling and catching up on some reading. It feels so good to do whatever I please. No Google Calender for me today! I'm a little hungry, but it's not that noticeable.

3:00pm
I'm having one more cup of warm water and enjoying my book. I'm probably going to finish it today or tomorrow. It's nice to escape for a bit. I've got a really tiny headache, which is one of the side effects of fasting. Releasing toxins no doubt. I find that it gets way easier every time that I fast. The benefits completely outweigh the minor temporary discomfort. 

5:00pm
This is going very smoothly today. The more that I fast, the easier it becomes. Also, I'm probably not detoxing as much because of my clean diet. That's great. So there's a tip: Make water fasting easier by eating more raw foods daily! My headache's gone too, but I'm still hungry. To be expected though. I've also had one more glass of water, so that makes eight now.

8:00pm
Still reading! It's been fun, and I'm surprised by how fast the day has flown by. Now that the sun has gone down, I'm starting to get a little sleepy. I pretty much plan on reading until I go to bed.
 
10:00pm
Tomorrow will be another day of wonderfully tasty juices and fresh produce. So breaking a water fast is pretty straightforward. All one does is refeeds with the proper foods for half of the time as the fast lasted. Only organic homemade juice first, then blended juice with all of the fiber, and then whole raw produce. This can all be done within one day, but I like to space mine out a bit. So just juice tomorrow, then blended juice the next, and then whole raw produce. Then one can return to their usual diet, but of course with healthy choices in mind. So I'm off to bed; good night everyone. I'll talk to you again soon.

♡ Claudia

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