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Dry Fasting: How to Break a Dry Fast the Healthy Way- Thomas DeLauer… How do you break a dry fast? A dry fast is where you are not consuming food or water for a given period of time. Now recently I did a video on dry fasting and I think it destroyed the internet because it absolutely went insane, but the same question kept coming up over and over again, how does one break a dry fast?
Well in order to take a look at this we have to break down how the body responds to sodium, carbohydrates, and the fats so I’m going to break it down into very simple terms for you. If you haven’t already please make sure you hit that subscribe button, I post three to five videos per week plus lots of live broadcasts where I answer your questions regarding certain health topics. If you haven’t already please turn on notifications but also follow me on Instagram as well for a little bit more of a peek into my daily life and general healthy lifestyle.
Let’s get to the science. Quickly, dry fasting is where you’re not consuming food or water for a given period of time. If you didn’t watch my previous video let me explain why this is important, when you are dry fasting your body has no choice but to start pulling hydrogen from your fat cells in order to create water. That’s right, your body creates its own molecular water so when you’re in a state of dehydration, not that I’m recommending you do this all the time, your body has no choice but to pull hydrogen from fat, combined it with the air that you breath, and extract oxygen and then combined it to make H2O, it literally creates water so therefore your body actually burns more fat because it actually has to break down the fat into usable hydrogen atoms.
It’s pretty amazing and there’s not a whole, whole lot of research that’s really being done on it just yet but I think we’re going to get there in the next couple of years because it’s getting more and more popular. Additionally dry fasting forces your cells to die if they’re already weak so it’s a natural selection sort of thing. Now I’m just paraphrasing, making this very, very simple, I want to get down to the nitty gritty. If you’re going to dry fast you’re usually going to want to dry fast for 16 to 20 hours, maybe 24 depending on who you are. You don’t have to go for a super long period of time but it has been said that you burn fat three times faster and you end up with results that are three to five times more powerful than a traditional fast if you’re doing them on a regular basis like once a month or once every couple of months. What that means is a simple 24 hour dry fast will reap the same benefits as maybe a 48 hour or 72 hour traditional fast, we’re talking about longer fasting not intermittent fasting.
What do you do when it comes down to breaking this dry fast? Well the first thing that we have to look at is overall sodium balance in the body. You see your body gets very, very sensitive to sodium very, very fast. If you cut sodium out of your diet and then you go and you eat a high salt meal you will usually find that you retain water. It’s like if you go out to a Chinese food restaurant and you feel a little bit bloated after that, well it’s pretty normal it’s basically just your body not being able to adapt to that much salt at a given time.
Now normally in a standard diet we’re consuming enough sodium that it’s never an issue, we have a little bit more sodium one day it doesn’t affect us too bad. When we get dehydrated our bodies tend to go into hyper drive when it comes down to re hydration afterwards. We want to be very, very cognizant that when we break our dry fast we’re not just loading up on water so the first step of how to break a dry fast is to systematically break your fast with water in small increments. Okay?
Here’s what I would propose that you do, you start with just a simple pint of water, a little bit of water, and then about an hour water do another pint and then about an hour later go ahead and bump it up to two pints, then an hour later go ahead and start drinking water as you normally would. You don’t want to flood in a bunch of water all at once, first of all it will be very hard on your system, second of all it can be very hard on your electrolytes, but thirdly you’re going to end up retaining a lot of water especially if you’re breaking your fast with some food that has even an iota of sodium in it. We don’t want to have a whole lot of sodium, which is my next point. We want to slowly indoctrinate sodium as well.