Healthy Fasting: Is Intermittent Fasting Safe? How about Dry Fa

  • Fasting is a superb way to lose weight and get a lean body. Sadly, education concerning the benefits of fasting is still in it's infancy so a lot of people believe that fasting is dangerous

    shelf life cinnamonOn the reverse side with the issue, some people claim that fasting remains safe and secure but only truly beneficial if it is dry, and therefore no food OR fluid is ingested throughout the fast.

    First, let's address the security issue.

    There's an unfortunate misconception that long-term fasting and short-term fasting have the identical influence on our bodies. For many mysterious reason, critics don't read the many well-conducted (rather than funded by industry and therefore less biased) research on short-term fasts.

    Short-term fasting is frequently referred to as 'intermittent fasting'. Comprehensives research has shown that intermittent fasting remains safe and secure and efficient for fat reduction and other biomarkers of health.

    The critics quote data from studies on *long-term* fasting. Long-term fasting is definitely dangerous and unwise, resulting in many serious health consequences including malnourishment, muscle wasting and in the end death.

    Short-term fasting results in going 16-36 hours without food or drinks that have calories. Studies show that it's safe AND has health improvements which can be much like exercise, including boosting human growth hormone levels.

    As long as weight-bearing being active is done weekly, there's no lack of muscle tissue during a short-term fast.

    There doesn't appear to be a danger of hypoglycaemia. Glucose levels stay in the standard range unless the individual may be medically diagnosed as hypoglycaemic *before* attempting fasting. This surprises people who experience light- headedness once they avoid eating for a few hours. What they are actually experiencing can be a drop in blood sugar levels, however, not an unsafe one. They could also be feeling the physical shift our bodies experiences in the event it starts to use excess fat for fuel as opposed to food. Sometimes discomfort are closely related to withdrawal from caffeine or another foods they are actually responsive to.

    On the reverse side of the fasting debate are those who report that 'dry fasting' will be the superior technique of doing an fast. Dry fasting implies that you avoid food AND fluid within a fast. This means no water. Advocates think that avoiding fluid, including water, helps our bodies cleanse itself of toxins and therefore it is the sole method that a person can obtain the full 'healing' aftereffect of fasting.

    To date there's not credible evidence that dry fasting is superior or even wise. People's hydration levels differ so a single person might do fine going each day without water, another might have problems with headaches and other ailments linked to dehydration. Exercise levels, humidity, and many additional circumstances will influence hydration, not merely fluid intake.

    Often dry fasting advocates suggest going more than a day without fluid which may, at the very least, be uncomfortable, and at the very most, is going to be dangerous and even deadly. Those who feel bad throughout a dry fast have been proved to be 'detoxifying' more than people who don't feel as poorly. Outside of anecdotal reports, there is not enough data to guide this claim. Until more scientific studies are done on dry fasting, it is best to stick with methods that happen to be properly studied, as intermittent fasting has.

    If you would like a quick and safe way to reduce weight and improve other aspects of your wellbeing, a short-term fast done once or twice a week will probably be worth a go, but until proper research is conducted with dry fasting, it is best to avoid food, not water, on your own fasting days.