Benefits Of Dry Fasting

Dry fasting as a practice has been followed for a very long time. As fasting practice, there are a number of benefits of dry fasting. Despite fasting being practiced for a really long time, the discussion on the benefits seem to be recent. There are a number of ways to practice fasting. Intermittent fasting, water fasting, wet fasting, juice fasting, detox fast are some of the ways  to practice fasting.

Dry fasting

  • In this type of fasting, one completely foregoes water and food
  • This can be for an extended period of time, that is from 24 – 36 hours

Benefits of dry fasting in fat loss

  • When the body realises that is not receiving any nutrients externally, your cells begin eating the toxins present inside in order to survive
  • Fasting is linked to lipolysis which is basically fat burning (stage of fat burning)
  • By lowering insulin and increasing growth hormone levels, it also increases the release of fat burning hormone called norepinephrine
  • Due to these hormonal changes, fasting increases your metabolic rate
  • Dry fasting helps in autophagy
  • Autophagy is a cell renewal process when damaged cells or cell parts are removed and replaced
  • It creates a healthier and more functional cells
  • Autophagy thus diverts energy towards healing, repair, recovery, growth, detoxification and building the immune system and stem cell regeneration

Other benefits of dry fasting

  • Short periods of dry fasting helps in balancing cholesterol levels
  • Fasting resets the immune system by removing damaged cells, allowing the body to reset and regenerate new ones
  • Dry fasting helps reduce inflammation
  • Dry fasting also has a number of benefits for skin
  • Dry fasting slows down aging and helps lower blood pressure
  • It improves brain and cognitive health
  • Spiritual benefits of dry fasting
  • Increased gratitude
  • Depper faith
  • Improved awareness
  • Supports overall health

How to do dry fasting ?

  • There are two types of dry fasting
  • Soft dry fasting
  • Hard fasting
  • Who can / can’t do dry fasting ?
  • Dry fasting is not recommended for pre existing conditions and eating disorders
  • Healthy individuals should seek proper advice from health experts before dry fasting
  • How to prepare for dry fasting ?
  • First try a detox diet, juice fasting, water fasting before proceeding for dry fasting
  • Do not attempt more than 10-12 hours of fasting in the first attempt
  • The body, just like in most of the other cases, requires training and preparation for 24 or more hours of fast
  • If during the fast at any point you feel discomfort, you should immediately break the fast
  • How to break the fast ?
  • You should ideally break the fast with some water
  • Have simple clean food which can release even more toxins without placing too much strain on the stomach
  • Don’t consume rice grain when you open the fast
  • Avoid exercise during dry fasting
  • Best way to prepare for dry fast is to hydrate properly in days leading to the dry fast

Side effects of dry fasting

  • Avoiding water can make you even hungrier
  • You’re likely to feel tired, weak and dizzy during dry fasting
  • As the hunger builds up, you may feel irritated
  • Restricting nutrients like carbs can lead to headaches
  • It’s difficult to focus and concentrate when you’re hungry
  • You may also experience decreased / dark / smelly urination

Avoid dry fasting if

  • You’re pregnant / breast feeding
  • Suffering from UTI
  • You’re doing any kind of fasting for the first time
  • You’re doing it for prolonged periods (24 hours and beyond)
  • You’re on any medication
  • Avoid getting exposed to excessive heat during dry fasting
  • You have any underlying health conditions

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