Water fasting can be defined as fasting during which one cuts or completely avoids drinking water for a fixed period of time, usually in the evening or early morning. Water fasting is also known as a silent fasting method or diet because of its ability to keep the body’s metabolism in check without the need to consume any fluids. It was originally pioneered in India and later in the western world by Ayurveda practitioners like Ramdev’s guru, Yogi Bhajan, around the turn of the 20th century. Many yoga and ayurvedic practitioners incorporate fasting into their practice to control or improve overall health.
Here we take a closer look at the benefits of water fasting, from the body’s perspective. What exactly is the difference between a liquid and a solid diet? Which aspects of drinking water are most important when water fasting? What is the benefits and risks of water fasting?
Benefits of Water Fasting
According to Ayurveda and the traditional nutritionist’s view, water is the most important food for the body’s functioning and most of us don’t consume enough of it ourselves. The body uses up to 70 % of the available water in the body, and if the body can’t use it, it’s considered as toxic. The body is equipped with a complex network of mechanisms that convert water to body’s main energy source, glucose, through the Krebs cycle, which has two important roles and two major functions in the body. One of the crucial functions, Krebs cycle, starts with the production of pyruvate from glycogen (fuel) and then ends with the release of lactate, which can be used as energy. We have an extremely high concentration of glycogen in the body and as a consequence we have a higher metabolism than in other organisms. It is this high level of glycolysis that is responsible for storing water, as the body needs a significant amount of water to keep its temperature high. We need to be vigilant when drinking water for the health and health of our bodies, including ourselves! Water fasting also promotes a healthy balance of oxygen and water to the body, and this balance is in need of a continual balancing of the levels in the body. Water restriction is also beneficial for the health of the liver, kidneys, and heart and kidneys, with water fasting making them much healthier and better functioning.
There are a huge range of nutritional benefits associated with hydration, water fasting and diet-induced hypoglycaemia. The main ones that may come as a