Why has water fasting become so popular?
It is no secret that the modern sedentary lifestyle coupled together with the tendency to grab convenience food options has led to an increase in overweight and obesity. Unfortunately, those pesky pounds don’t fly off as quickly as they’re put on. With hectic routines putting a strain on the little time we have each day, it’s very tempting to go for quick fix solutions. At first glance, a zero-calorie water diet seems to promise the most efficient calorie deficit.
The same lifestyle has not only led to obesity, but a rise in other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. More and more health professionals are tapping into the healing powers of therapeutic fasting to help treat and improve chronic conditions or underlying ailments. Patients are trying to ditch the vast number of prescribed medications and instead opt for more holistic and natural methods that offer a permanent solution to the underlying problem.
Many fasting documentaries have also praised long-term water fasting and the weight loss benefits thereof, but often fail to mention the dangers. Before you embark on your fasting journey, regardless of whether you are looking at a 7 day water fast or a long-term 30 day water fast, it’s important to examine the effects it can have on you and your health.
Potential benefits of (water-only) fasting
The hidden dangers of a water cleanse
You’ll often hear someone saying that the body can go for weeks without food but only several days without water. And although that is essentially true, it is describing an extreme survival scenario and not a healthy diet. The body can survive, but it is doing just that, merely surviving. A long-term water fast, lasting sometimes up to 30 or 40 days, can often cause more harm than good.