Water fasting is a type of fasting where water will be the only thing you’ll consume for the whole duration of your fast.
Dave has been asked a lot what are the benefits and reasons, why once a week he now water fasts. His response was that its a good way to get into Ketosis faster (covered below).
He believes it's important to give your digestive system a break, it has other benefits to your health too as it regenerates new cell growth and changes your brain but for the better. (Very important for Cancer sufferers) So I think its best to just post a link that explains it very well.
Visit this link to find out more - what you need to know about fasting & cancer
WHAT IS WATER FASTING:
Water fasting is a type of fasting where water will be the only thing you’ll consume for the whole duration of your fast. Most people practice a 24-72 hour water fast.
If you’re on the ketogenic diet, you may find water fast beneficial on or the day after an occasional cheat meal. Although there are many ways to stick to keto when eating out, it may not always be possible. For example, you might get convinced to eat a carb and sugar-rich foods at a party. Falling prey for cheat meals can kick you out of ketosis, and short water fast or intermittent fasting can help you get back into ketosis faster.
Some people like to spice up their water fast by creating naturally flavoured water using fruits and herbs. Some examples include lemon and cucumber infused water, pineapple and lime infused water, and mint infused water. The reason they do this is to avoid cheating because of the plain taste of water and also to add the benefits of fruits and herbs to the water.
WATER FASTING & CANCER:
In a 2016 study, roughly 106 patients were divided into three groups to undergo fasting before chemotherapy. They followed a 24h, 48h, or 72 h fast. The results revealed that chemotherapy-induced toxicity symptoms were limited to fatigue, headache, and dizziness. They also found a reduction in DNA damage in those who fasted for 48 hours. The study concluded that fasting for up to 72 hours around the time of chemotherapy is safe and tolerable for cancer patients. Recent animal studies and a few preliminary human trials have shown a decrease in risk for cancer or a decrease in cancer growth rates.
THESE STUDIES INDICATE THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE FOLLOWING EFFECTS FROM FASTING:
Decreased blood glucose production
Stem cells triggered to regenerate the immune system
Balanced nutritional intake
Increased production of tumour-killing cells
HOW TO START WATER FASTING:
Here are some tips for someone who is contemplating it for the first time:
1. PUSH BREAKFAST BACK BY 2 HOURS
If you normally eat breakfast at 8am. Push it to 10 am. If your last meal was at 7 pm the previous night, that means you’ve already fasted for 15 hours! You can push your first meal back even further once you get used it.
2. DRINK BLACK COFFEE OR GREEN TEA
Drinking black coffee and green tea during your fasting window will help to accelerate your metabolism. They both have zero calories so don’t worry about them taking you out of your fast.
3. DRINK TONNES OF WATER
Seriously, you need to stay as hydrated as possible. If you get the growling belly, try sparkling water. The bubbles will make you feel full.
4. DON'T SKIMP ON YOUR WORKOUT
Fasting is no excuse for not getting your daily exercise in. Try doing your workout in a fasted state for an even greater delivery of health benefits.
Water fasting is generally considered to be safe as long as you don't cross the recommended 24 - 72 hour limit!