This water fasting page starts a
series that will discuss various aspects, including
- Water Fasting Tips
Physical Healing & Health Benefits of Water Fasting.
There is a link at the bottom of each page that will take you from one
to the other, so don't worry if you lose your place while you are
reading. In these pages you will find information that can help you to
better understand what water fasting is all about. It is my hope to
give you a foundation from which to start.
There is, however, something
that I want to emphasize right from the start:
Water Fasting Won't Produce Lasting Results
Unless You Are Willing to Make Permanent Eating-Habit Changes
It takes hard work and dedication to reach our goals in any field.
Water Fasting is no different. Yes, the weight loss and health benefits
are amazing, and these do materialize very quickly, but first you'll need
to go through some discomfort with hunger and detox symptoms. And, again,
the most important part of any fast is what you do AFTER
What I mean is this:
for many days to return to a diet full of junk
is insanity. That is not the type of fasting that we advocate in this website.
For LONG-LASTING results, you
relationship with food must change.
For The Water Fasting Newbies
Indeed, water fasting is a
powerful and natural way to lose weight and
cleanse your body of toxins as well as disease. I dare say that
it is by far the most powerful source of
healing and rejuvenation known to man. That is why I always refer to it
as a Fountain of Youth.
Regular water fasting can often
foster dramatic anti-aging effects.
But it is wise NOT
to jump blindly into a fast longer than three days without suitable
preparation. If you are a beginner, I suggest that you start with a partial
fast. Skip one meal a day - say lunch -
and drink a healthy amount of water as replacement.
Do this for a whole week. That
alone will give you a good idea of what water
fasting is all about. You will be exposed to
hunger pangs and detox symptoms. But you will also get to experience
the increased energy, mental clarity and sense of wellbeing that
fasting ALWAYS provides.
A partial water fast will make the detox
process less uncomfortable. This type of intermittent fasting
is a wise preparation step! I learned it the hard way.
Going from a full-course fatty
meal to water fasting is a recipe for misery.
Many highly toxic & obese people - like I
was - go from never fasting to a wanting to do
a long one right away. hey are quickly floored by the severity of the hunger
pains and detoxification symptoms. Do a partial fast instead
and make it easier for yourself!
Once you do a partial fast as
described above for a few weeks, then
start water fasting for short periods of time. Start with a 24-hour
fast. Don't think that to attain a benefit you HAVE
to fast for months. That is not true.
Fasting for longer periods of
time will foster deeper detoxification and, of course, greater
weight loss. But ANY
effort you can make RIGHT
NOW is more than enough to get you
started! Little by little you can work your way to longer and longer
fasts, if your health so allows it. Do not hurry and please take it
YOU HAVE MADE UP YOUR MIND AND ARE READY TO DO A 24-HOUR FAST,
FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:
* Choose the
particular day in which you plan on carrying out the fast. If possible,
select a day that is NOT
packed with activities and engagements. Sunday is a good day. But don't
procrastinate. Choose a day and - DO
IT! Water fasting while also going through a
regular day is not optimal but possible nonetheless.
* Make sure
that you have good quality water! While most cities have decent tap
water, this is an occassion for you to give yourself the very best. If
you don't have a water filter, now would be a good time to get one. Stock up on seltzer
water and green tea.
Seltzer water works great to soothe hunger pangs and detox symptoms. But stick to plain
water as much as possible. Use the seltzer sparingly.
person close to you of your intentions, but DO
shout it from the rooftops. Trust me with
this one. There are many who simply will not understand and may even
try to talk you out of water fasting. But, by all means, make sure to have
human support. Make it a point to visit our
and join the community conversation.
*At least ONE WEEK
before the fast, reduce your intake of sugar, fats and caffeine. The
stricter you are with this particular step, the easier the fast will
be. Caffeine detox can cause strong headaches. If your body is brimming
with sugar and grease, I can tell you what the hunger pains and detox
symptoms will be more uncomfortable than they have to be.
Eat salads, steamed vegetables
and lean poultry and fish as much as possible. Also, start to drink at
the very least one-half gallon.
The water AND the reduction
of sugars, fats and caffeine will move your bowels and kick-start the
* Purchase a
bottle of a herbal cleanser like
Herbs & Prunes and start to
take one-two-four tablets daily, also for seven days prior to the fast.
In combination with the change in diet and increase in water-intake,
this inexpensive yet extremely-effective cleanser will induce
powerful bowel movements.
That will commence to purge your digestive
system of built-up fecal matter adhered to the walls of the colon. This
pre-fast cleanse will reduce hunger and detox symptoms
because many of the toxins in your body will already have been
your last meal at around 8PM the night before the day of the fast. On
the morning of the fast, have two full glasses of water upon awakening
to get the bowels going. Take two-to-four tablets of the Herbs
& Prunes with a cup of green tea with a pinch of lime. SORRY,
NO SUGAR OR HONEY! Go through your
day as planned, making it a point to drink as much water as possible.
Every time hunger hits you, drink two large glasses of water.
If you have to leave your
home, make sure to take sufficient water with you, along with at least
two or three bottles of seltzer. I usually take a whole gallon of water
and six-pack of seltzer when I have to go out while fasting. Refrigerate the water
when you get to your destination. If no
refridgerator is available, keep the water as cool as possible and away
from heat and sunlight.
* At around
noon, when hunger strikes, crack
open a bottle of seltzer and drink it slowly. You can add a pinch
of lime to the seltzer for taste. If you are taking the Herbs &
Prunes, you will be having regular bowel movements. So make sure to
stay fairly close to a bathroom.
you will certainly start to really feel the hunger pains and may
experience the beggining of the detoxification
yourself fortunate ... your body is working hard to rid itself of
toxins that were curtailing your health. Drink
more water and seltzer. Have a cup of green tea for energy. You're
encourage you to keep a journal and spend time writing your
thoughts, feelings in it. Jot down how you are feeling physically and
mentally. Record any mood swings or particular symptoms that stand out
more than others. This information will be very useful for future fasts.
* Drink more
water and seltzer through the rest of the afternoon and have ONE
more cup of green tea
if you need it. When the clock hits 8PM, you are done! Break the fast initially by
drinking a glass of watered-down orange or grape juice. About ONE HOUR
later, have a
bowl of sliced apples and pears. One apple and one pear is more than
NOT HAVE A
FULL-COURSE MEAL! That can make you
very sick. Eat light and GO TO
* In the AM, drink another
two large glasses of water upon arising and have a light breakfast of
oatmeal, preferably with low-fat milk. This is a good time to strongly
think about your life and future and
consider permanently changing your eating habits for the better.
DON'T BE A LONE RANGER
- wanting to be a spiritual water fasting
giant to the exclusion of people close to you.
One of the biggest
mistakes most beginners make is to stop eating abruptly because they
want to lose weight.
They start water fasting overnight and try to keep
it a secret. Or they plan the fast, but still fail to inform a select
few of what they are doing.
Water fasting is a physical
powerhouse that can nuke debris from your system and give you an
outlook on life you never thought possible. It is, in some ways,
supernatural. Yet it is the toughest of all types of fasting because
you receive no taste or substance in your body for the alloted time -
except for the water itself.
My longest water fast was 60
days, and most of it took place in a camp where there were at least
five people who knew what I was doing. Without the support of a
selected few, I may not have made it.
If you are reading this, it is
because in your soul you realize that there has to be more to life than
what you have been experiencing. There is perhaps an instinct inside of
you that wants to overcome limitations and experience a better life
quality. Don't stop reading my friend. This can be the beginning of the
rest of your life. And, amazingly, all you need to effect the change is
- water and guts.
One of the questions I am always
asked when somebody is starting with fasting is: How much water should
I drink? My suggestion is - drink as much water as
necessary to keep you going. It is not unusual for me to drink one or
even two gallons of water a day when I am fasting.
As I said, seltzer water with a
little lime helps to settle the stomach and appease water fasting
hunger pains. That has worked wonders for me at some very harsh water
fasting moments. Try not to drink water that is too cold.
The closer to
room temperature it is, the better.
Again, that is just a
recommendation based on what has worked for me. Take your time and try
different temperatures of water until you find the one that grants you
the most comfort from the hunger pains.
When first water fasting, you
will likely have to dash for the toilet with frequency. The body is not
used to such large shots of liquid; the water pushes on the colon and
induces the elimination of toxic fecal residue.
At this point, between the first
and third day of water fasting, the waste coming out of your body will
be from recently-consumed food. Getting to the often "years-old" dregs
stubbornly attached to the colon will take a little longer. That is
where the true miracle lies.
The best way to accelerate the
colon cleansing process
is to massage your stomach, pressing in with
both hands open. First emphasize the top of the colon, then the
bottom... then the liver. Repeat this several times a day when water
The point is to drink large amounts of water, and then to massage your
abdomen to maximize the amount of dried and toxic waste eliminated from
your body. Drinking large amounts of water is NOT
the same as drinking juice or soda. Water is pure life ...
soda and artificial juices are not.
The Powdered Juice Dilemma
Many people often tell me that
they simply do not like to drink plain water in large quantities. That
they would much prefer to sprinkle it with some type of sugarless
powdered juice so it can go down more smoothly. This, in my opinion, is
My answer, for the most part, is
that many bodies have become so accustomed to trash that they insist on
continuing to sniff it - even after stepping out of
the manure pit. This may sound harsh, but the message I am attempting
to drive home is that water fasting should be just that. It should not
be Kool-Aid fasting. Tough it out and get your body used to drinking
pure water without additives. Remember, easy does it. Slow wins the
A Final Recommendation
I recommend adding
Crystal Salt to the water several times daily
while fasting. The salt is known to contain energy and healing
properties that assist in bringing the body's regulatory system (homeostasis) into balance. This
fosters improved blood pH, digestive system functions, brain activity,
respiration, and it also helps remove heavy metals from your body.
Alright, enough yapping. Let's move on to PART
II of the water fasting series and
talk about Weight
From Water Fasting to Fitness Through Fasting HOME
Robert Dave Johnston
Publisher:The Anti Prevention Nation Ezine &
9-Month Membership Course.