Fasting has become a very popular way of detoxing and resetting our bodies, especially before changing the way we eat. But fasting is nothing new.
Societies all over the world have been practicing fasting for thousands of years. Some do it for health reasons and others for religious reasons.
Regardless of why, studies have shown that fasting has an incredibly strong effect on the body.
Not all detoxes include food. Some include a mixture of fasting and clean eating. And others base the detox process solely on water intake. If fasting is something that interests you, or you are experienced in the process, fasting for detox purposes might fit you perfectly.
Here are the 3 main types of fasting
The Water Fast
A water fast is exactly what it sounds like. It is where you only consume water for a specific period of time. For the inexperienced, it is recommended you start with a 24 hour fast and work up from there.
The dry fast is where you don’t consume anything, not even water, for a specific period. First-timers should not do this type of fast for more than 24 hours at a time. Always make sure you are highly hydrated before starting the fast. Muslims usually do a dry fast. It is also prescribed to do dry fasting from dawn to dusk everyday for the Muslim month of Ramadan.
The intermittent fast has been studied a lot in recent years. It has shown to significantly help reduce body fat and increase muscle mass. This fast is done by choosing a specific period every day that you are allowed to have food. The rest of the day, you do not eat.
For example, you may choose 9am to 5pm as your eating window. All foods must be consumed during this period, and the rest of the time, only water.
There are many other types of fasting out there, including mono fasting, coconut water fasting, and juice fasting.
Make sure to research the different kinds of fasts, and follow up with your doctor. Listen to your body very carefully when fasting.