What is Dry Fasting and should you do it?

Dry fasting is when you don’t consume anything during your fast including liquids. Should you dry fast? In my opinion the answer is no. Absolutely not.

You can survive for long periods of time without eating but you will not survive for days on end without drinking. I’ve never subscribed to the idea that it is necessary to consume a certain number of 8 oz. glasses of water a day. Like eating frequently throughout the day it just doesn’t make sense.

If you practice fasting or intermittent fasting the last thing you want is to become dehydrated. That leads to all kinds of problems that you just don’t need. Drink your water, coffee, and/or tea people.

“Since your body can only survive an average of three days without water, it is not recommended to dry fast for an extended period of time or more than a 24-hour window,” Satrazemis says. If you’re exercising, abstaining from fluids can be especially dangerous and put you at risk for dehydration and heat stroke in warm weather.

“Any feelings of dizziness, fainting, rapid heart rate, or dark urine are all warning signs to look out for that would indicate you are putting your body at risk,” says Totoro. (Yikes.) If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, end your dry fast immediately, eat food, and drink water—and call your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve.

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