Water is considered one of the most essential natural resources in the world. Not only is it required by humans, plants, animals, and the entire earth to survive, but it also keeps our health intact and ensures that all our bodily systems are functioning correctly.
Consuming enough water daily, is thus, extremely important and should never be overlooked or taken for granted. To our bodies, it’s considered even more important than food and is the resource that helps our bodies sustain itself, as well as protect us against toxins and illness.
If fasting with food means to restrict one’s food intake, then water fasting must be the same thing, except with water, right?
Well, yes, but what is the purpose of fasting with water and is it recommended for our health or just another fad that poses a threat to our health?
Water Fasting – The Effects and Dangers
Water fasting is a practice, which just like fasting with food, is implemented by restricting water intake with the purpose to lose weight fast.
A lot of studies have proved that water fasting could also have a lot of health benefits, as it may decrease chronic diseases and stimulate autophagy in the body, which is a natural process that aids in breaking down and recycling old figments of cells in our bodies, thus restoring it.
However, even though this believed to be true, there have been very few studies done on the human body to prove that water fasting is safe and can achieve these speculated results.
Most water fasts start from 24 to 72 hours. It’s strongly advised to not fast for a longer period, as it may affect our bodies extremely negatively.
The most common reasons why people fast with water, is for religious reasons, for detoxing or weight-loss purposes, for health benefits, as well as to prepare for medical procedures.