A 5 Day Water Fast: How, Why and What I learned

A 5 Day Water Fast: How, Why and What I learned

A 5 Day water fast, words that said out loud get some interesting responses, but deserve a little explanation. I decided to do a 5 day water fast after a lot of research and some experimenting with intermittent fasting. My first introduction to the water fast was in the documentary, The Science of Fasting. This documentary details the benefits of fasting and how it affects the aging process. I started looking for more information and discovered the use of intermittent fasting to maintain body weight and/or lose weight. What I found most fascinating though, was that by fasting you give your body a break from insulin production and in a world where more and more people are pre-diabetic or have full blown diabetes 2, this is good to know.  For several months before I did the 5 day fast, I was intermittent fasting. What that means is I gave myself a full 16 hour window free of eating. If I stopped eating by 8:00 pm at night, then the next day I wouldn’t eat until noon. I did this three to four times a week. The week before my 5 day fast, I did a 24 hour fast by finishing eating by 6:00 pm one night and not eating again till 6:00 pm the next. Each time the process got easier, until I knew I was ready to go for 5 days. I decided to do my 5 day water fast while my husband was on a work trip. This way I had no temptations by watching him eat. All food was placed out of sight. My work week...