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01/6 All you need to know about dry fasting

All you need to know about dry fasting

Fasting has always been a part of different cultures across the globe for a long time. It has only gained popularity as a method to lose weight in the past decade. Intermittent fasting, which alternates between the eating and the fasting window, is the most popular fasting pattern of all among weight watchers and fitness enthusiasts. Dry fasting is just an extreme version of fasting which involves restricting food as well as water intake. This pattern of eating is claimed to aid weight loss, build immunity and improve mental well-being.

02/6 ​Difference between dry and intermittent fasting

In intermittent fasting, you are allowed to have liquid containing zero calories during the fasting phase. Water, diluted ACV, coffee without sugar and milk are some fluid options that one can take during fasting. In dry fasting, you have to completely shun taking any foods or liquid in the fasting phase. This type of fasting is considered quite extreme and dangerous. But some experts vouch for this type of fasting for additional health benefits.

03/6 ​Types of dry fasting

Dry fasting can be easily done with intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, eat-stop-eat or periodic fasting. Generally, dry fasting is of two types- soft dry fast and hard dry fast.

Soft dry fast: In soft dry fast, dieters are allowed to use water to brush their teeth, take a shower and wash their faces.

Hard dry fast: In this type of fasting, dieters are not allowed to come in contact with water at all.

04/6 ​How does dry fasting work?

It is said that while dry fasting when the body does not get the water it starts to burn fat to generate energy. The absence of water in the body stresses it and it begins to use every available source of energy accessible to keep the internal system going.

It is also said that dry fasting can help to strengthen the immune system by removing damaged cells, allowing the body to regenerate new ones.

Besides, repeated fasting can reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin and improve inner awareness.

05/6 ​Side-effects of dry fasting

Staying in a fasted state for a long time has also been linked with some side effects. If you stay fasted for a long time or too often your may:

Feel tired: In the absence of enough fuel in the body, you might feel fatigued, dizzy, and weak.

Persistent hunger: Avoiding both food and water can make you feel even hungrier and you may end up eating more than normal.

Irritability. During the fasted state you may feel cranky and have drastic mood swings. Moreover, your concentration level will decrease.

Headaches. Restricting nutrients, especially carbohydrates, can also lead to headaches.

In extreme cases and due to prolonged fasting one may also suffer from seizure, brain swelling, heat injury and kidney failure.

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06/6 ​Who can and who can't do dry fasting?

People suffering from any kind of pre-existing disease should strictly avoid dry fasting. Even pregnant and breastfeeding women are recommended not to try this kind of fasting.

A healthy individual should also take an expert's opinion before trying this method of fasting.