Fasting has been a common practice in India for centuries. Primarily, it was done for religious reasons but now people of different faiths are practicing it for keeping the body’s fitness up. There are various types of fasting and ‘dry fasting’ is one of them which has gained a lot of popularity.
‘Dry fasting’ means foregoing both food and water for an extended period of time. This may sound difficult but the enormous benefits will make you try it.
But there are certain things that one needs to keep in mind while going into a dry fast. The most important thing is to not do it with too many toxins in the body. So it is advisable to hydrate your body properly in the days leading up to it.
As everything needs proper training, do not attempt to do dry fasting for more than 12 hours in the first attempt.
Also, don’t be so adamant on completing it and you should break the fast if at any point you feel nauseated, dizzy or exhausted. It is better to break your fast with simple organic foods. Probiotic smoothie or light salad is good for this purpose as it helps release more toxins without placing any extra pressure on your stomach.
Practicing ‘dry fasting’ at a regular interval shows the best results. However, there are no limits to how often you can dry fast.
Those who exercise regularly should be careful while dry fasting as it can be very taxing on the body. It is better if you do not exercise while you are fasting for the first time. This will give your body some time to adapt to it.
There are a lot of benefits of dry fasting. When you stop providing any nutrients externally, your body cell starts eating the toxins present inside it to survive. A lot of stress is put on your body when it is deprived of food and water. This will make your body to reach out to all the excess reserves for energy.
Dry fasting for short intermittent periods helps in balancing cholesterol levels, especially when coupled with a ketogenic (high-fat and low carb) diet. According to health experts, dry fasting also helps to lower blood sugar levels.
It is always better to consult your doctor before undertaking any dietary changes.