Water Fasting Benefits & Optimal Drinking Water

Posted by Anima of the Wolf on November 16, 2023

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this post is intended for information and general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. If you have any medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease or anything that is affected by electrolyte levels, fasting or are taking medications that might be affected by fasting or electrolyte supplements, please consult your doctor. This is not medical advice.


Fasting 101

Fasting is an excellent way to give the body a rest from digestion, help it heal naturally, boost cognitive performance, reduce inflammation, support weight loss and to decrease the risk of metabolic disease. It’s also a great way to dive into a practice of will power and discipline. After 24-48 hrs of fasting a process called Autophagy will begin in which your body removes and replaces damaged cell components. Autophagy is emerging as an important mechanism for the homeostatic maintenance, function and survival of long-lived stem cells.

What is permitted during a fast?

Fasting is the process of consuming water only or zero calorie beverages such as herbal tea or black coffee. No food, sugar or any calories are permitted to be consumed in order for the proper processes to take place. It is best to avoid artificial sweeteners as they can break the fast and also can disrupt the gut microbiome. The consumption of electrolytes is encouraged for longer term fasting. 2 to 3 litres of water per day infused with electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium & Magnesium) is recommended during the fasting period. See below for more on electrolyes.

Personal Observations

• Mental Clarity
• Increase in energy
• Improved & Deeper Sleep
• Enhanced Dreaming & Lucid Dreaming
• Cognitive Improvement
• Clear & tighter skin tone
• Stubborn fat loss
• Enhanced Breathwork & Meditation Practice
• Enhanced personal Aura & Magnetism
• Improvement in Digestion & reset of Gut Function post fast
• Reduced cravings of Processed & Junk Food post fast
• Greater Connection with Nature & The Spirit Realms
• Reduced Inflammation & Improved Healing Time

Preparing for a multiple day fast

Plan to consume all of your perishable groceries before the start of the fast. Things like fruit can be frozen but its best to plan to consume anything that will perish or won’t freeze well. It is beneficial to not consume a heavy meal before your fast as it will be more difficult to digest and may help curb cravings during your water fast. The meal before the fast and the meal to break the fast are paramount for a successful fast.

Move all of your other food and snacks out of site into a cupboard or closet for the period of the fast. Have your electrolytes out on the counter as well as your water jug and empty mason jars to encourage and have reminders to hydrate. If you are living with someone it's best to inform them of your fasting period so they are aware and don't make or offer you food. Fasting with a partner can be fun and is great for accountability too.

Having your last meal early in the evening around 5pm will allow sufficient digestion before you sleep and the sleep period will be an “easy” first 6-8 hours of the fast. A fast can be started any time but starting in the evening is a great way to start.

If you wake up at 6-7am you’ll already be off to a great start being 14 hours fasted.

Start the first day with a mason jar of clean purified water. I suggest distilled water that has been processed with shungite. I have been consuming distilled water for over 15 years personally. Reverse Osmosis or spring water is suitable as well. I haven't personally used Kangen so will forgo commenting on that process, but have heard good things. Avoid tap water at all costs. More on that later. A 24 hour fast doesn't generally require the supplementation of electrolytes. Any fast over 24 hours should be supplemented with electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium and potassium. (Covered more below)

Fasting Observations: (OpenAI, 2023)

1. Glycogen Depletion: The body initially relies on glycogen stores for energy. Glycogen is a form of stored glucose in the liver and muscles. As you fast, these glycogen stores are depleted.

2. Ketosis: Once glycogen stores are used up, the body enters a state called ketosis. In ketosis, the body begins to break down fat stores into ketones, which can be used as an alternative energy source, especially for the brain.

3. Fat Burning: The primary goal of water fasting for many people is weight loss. During fasting, the body relies on fat stores for energy, leading to weight loss over time.

4. Cellular Autophagy: Fasting may stimulate a process called autophagy. This is a cellular recycling process where the body breaks down and removes damaged or dysfunctional cells, promoting cellular repair.

5. Insulin Sensitivity: Fasting can improve insulin sensitivity. This means the body becomes more efficient at using insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

6. Hormonal Changes: Fasting can affect hormone levels. For example, levels of norepinephrine and human growth hormone (HGH) may increase, potentially aiding in fat loss and muscle preservation.

7. Blood Pressure and Heart Health: Some studies suggest that fasting can lead to improvements in blood pressure and heart health markers.

8. Electrolyte Balance: Extended water fasting can lead to electrolyte imbalances, including low levels of sodium, potassium, and magnesium. It's important to monitor these levels and, if needed, supplement with electrolytes.

9. Mental Clarity: Some individuals report increased mental clarity and focus during fasting, although experiences can vary.

10. Immune System: Some research suggests that fasting may have positive effects on the immune system, potentially due to the removal of damaged cells and the regeneration of new, healthier cells.

What is happening in your body

Fasting, especially for an extended period like a 7-day water fast, should be approached with caution and ideally under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Extended water fasting can have various effects on the body, and individual experiences may vary. Here's a general outline of what you might expect during a 7-day water fast:

Day 1-2: Transition to Fasting Your body begins to use up its glycogen stores (the stored form of glucose in the liver and muscles) for energy. You may feel hungry, irritable, or fatigued as your body adjusts to the change.

Day 3-4: Ketosis Begins Ketosis, the process where the body starts burning fat for energy, typically begins around this time. Hunger may subside, and some people report increased mental clarity.

Day 5-7: Deep Ketosis and Autophagy Deeper levels of ketosis are reached, and your body relies more on fat stores for energy. Autophagy, a cellular recycling process, may become more pronounced. This is where the body breaks down and removes damaged cells. Some people report a sense of euphoria or heightened mental clarity during this phase. It's essential to stay hydrated and listen to your body for signs of fatigue, dizziness, or other potential issues.

Breaking the Fast: Days 7 and Beyond Breaking a fast is a crucial process. Start with small, easily digestible foods like broth or light vegetables. Avoid overeating or consuming heavy, processed foods immediately after the fast. Gradually reintroduce regular foods over a few days to avoid digestive issues.

Important Considerations:

Hydration: It's crucial to stay well-hydrated throughout the fast. Water is essential for various bodily functions.

Electrolytes: Consider supplementing with electrolytes to maintain balance, especially if the fast extends beyond a few days.

Medical Monitoring: If you're considering an extended fast, it's advisable to do so under medical supervision. Fasting can have different effects on individuals, and pre-existing health conditions can influence its safety.

Before embarking on an extended fast, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it's safe for you based on your health history and current condition. Extended fasting is not suitable for everyone, and it carries risks if not done properly.

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Electrolytes for Fasting 101

The following section is quoted from the Fasting subreddit on Reddit.com. To see original post and references click here.

When doing any type of extended (multi-day) fasting it's important to replenish your electrolytes. Electrolytes are constantly lost by the body through sweat and urine, and their depletion over time can have scary effects on everything from blood pressure (light-headedness/fainting) to muscle function (heart arrhythmia). The big three electrolytes you need when fasting are Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium.

Sodium:

Recommended 3 - 6 g / day
minimally 1.2 - 2.3 g / day

Each tsp of table salt will provide ~2.2 g Sodium
Baking Soda will provide ~1.26 g Sodium per tsp, and is sometimes used to help neutralize the pH of electrolytes solutions containing acids like cream of tartar/lemon juice/apple cider vinegar for those with acid sensitivity issues

Symptoms of deficiency:

• Fatigue
• Headaches
• Nausea/vomiting
• Confusion/difficulty concentrating

Potassium:

Recommended 3 – 4.7 g / day
minimally 2.6 - 3.4 g / day

Each 1/4 tsp of No-Salt will provide ~640 mg of Potassium Each 1/4 tsp of Lite-Salt will provide ~ 290 mg Sodium and 350 mg Potassium.

Check nutritional labels, low-salt formulations may vary significantly between different manufacturers

Symptoms of deficiency:

• Muscle spasms/cramps
• Fatigue
• Heart palpitations/arrhythmia

Magnesium:

Recommended 300 - 400 mg / day

Widely available in the form of supplement capsules. Generally organic (e.g. citrate, glycinate) salts are preferred over inorganic (oxide, sulfate, chloride) forms due to improved solubility and better absorption.

However more recent reviews suggest that the absorption of organic Magnesium salts is only slightly higher than that of inorganic compounds, so if you have only the inorganic salts available don't worry about it too much.

Some people use food grade Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate) or Milk of Magnesia as a sources of Magnesium, however both have severe laxative effects so Magnesium supplements in capsule form are much preferred

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate) will provide ~800 mg Magnesium per tsp (assuming 8 g Epsom Salt/tsp), check your specific product to make sure
Milk of Magnesia provides ~500 - 600 mg Magnesium per tablespoon (15 ml)

Symptoms of deficiency:

• Muscle tremors, muscle numbness/tingling, muscle weakness
• Agitation/depression/anxiety
• Nausea/vomiting
• Insomnia

The proper functioning of the body relies on keeping electrolytes within an appropriate physiological range. Too high a concentration of electrolytes can be as dangerous as too low a concentration. DO NOT consume electrolytes in excess of recommended levels. Hypernatremia (excess Sodium), hyperkalemia (excess Potassium) and hypermagnesemia (excess Magnesium) are all dangerous conditions.

Breaking The Fast

Food should be introduced slowly back into the body to avoid digestion issues and to not shock the body after extended fasting, especially beyond 48 hrs. Things like broth and light fruits and vegetables are optimal within the first few hours of breaking the fast. A smoothie with fruit and some protein is great a few hours after the initial meal of broth or a lighter type of soup. After a few more hours gradually build back to your usual meal types to ensure an easy transition. It is best to avoid processed and fast foods for 24-48 hrs after breaking fast to get the digestion system back on track. It can be very tempting to want to indulge in your favourite comfort foods after fasting but remember the digestion system has been on a break and needs some time to calibrate.

Common Chemicals Found in Tap Water

The specific composition of tap water can vary depending on the source of the water, the treatment processes it undergoes, and the local geological and environmental factors. However, here are some common chemicals and substances that can be found in tap water:

Chlorine: Often used as a disinfectant to kill harmful microorganisms present in the water.

Chloramines: A combination of chlorine and ammonia, also used for disinfection.

Fluoride: Considered toxic and may calcify within the brain.

Heavy Metals: These can include trace amounts of lead, copper, zinc, and others, which may leach into the water from pipes and plumbing fixtures.

Nitrate and Nitrite: These can come from agricultural runoff and sewage and can be harmful in high concentrations, especially for infants.

Arsenic: Naturally occurring in some groundwater sources, but elevated levels can be harmful.

Sulfates: Commonly found in water sources and generally not harmful at normal levels.

Calcium and Magnesium: Minerals that can lead to "hard water" but are not typically harmful to health.

Bacteria and Microorganisms: While treatment plants aim to remove these, trace amounts can still be present.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): These can come from industrial pollution, gasoline, solvents, and more.

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: Small traces of medications, hormones, and chemicals from consumer products can end up in water supplies.

Industrial Chemicals: Depending on local industrial activities, certain chemicals can find their way into water supplies.

It's important to note that water treatment plants strive to provide safe drinking water by complying with regulatory standards that dictate acceptable levels of these and other substances. Drinking water is regularly tested to ensure it meets these standards. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water, you can request a water quality report from your local water utility.

Water Distillation

Water distillation is a process that involves heating water to create steam and then cooling the steam to produce purified water. This method is effective at removing various impurities and contaminants from water. I personally have this unit which i have used for over 15 years. It processes 4L in about 5 hours and sits on a countertop. Shungite or trace mineral drops can be infused in your distilled water to re-mineralize and create a "living water" after the distillation removes all the impurities and chemicals. Here are some of the substances that water distillation can remove:

Fluoride, Dissolved Minerals and Salts: Distillation removes dissolved minerals and salts from water. When water is heated and converted into steam, the minerals and salts are left behind.

Heavy Metals: Distillation is capable of removing certain heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium from water. These metals have higher boiling points than water, so they are not carried over into the steam.

Organic Compounds: Distillation can eliminate many organic compounds, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides, and some pharmaceuticals. These compounds typically have lower boiling points than water and can be separated during the distillation process.

Microorganisms: The process of distillation involves heating water to a temperature that kills or inactivates most microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. However, some heat-resistant microorganisms may survive.

Radioactive Contaminants: Distillation can also help remove certain radioactive contaminants from water because the boiling points of most radioactive elements are higher than that of water.

It's important to note that while distillation is effective in removing many contaminants, it may not remove certain volatile organic compounds with boiling points close to that of water. Additionally, some contaminants may evaporate and condense along with the water, so the purity of the distilled water depends on the specific contaminants present in the source water and the efficiency of the distillation process. Water distillation is often used in combination with other water treatment methods to ensure comprehensive purification.

Assets for you Fasting Journey

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MegaHome Water Distiller
This is the countertop water distiller I have been using for 15 years. It has been an absolute machine and has treated me well. It processes 4L of steam distilled water in 5 hours and utilizes an AC 110/120V 60Hz Standard North American Plug Type. Comes with 4L glass carafe to avoid exposure to plastic and BPA etc.



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Concentrace Minerals
These drops can be used to re-introduce trace minerals back into your clean distilled water that were removed during the distilation process, but without the other chemicals originally in the source tap water.



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Glass Water Dispenser
This is the glass container with a pouring spot that I use on my countertop to have an abundant supply of distilled water. The container holds 8L of water (2 cycles of distilled water). I use a stainless steel strainer immersed in the glass jug to infuse the water with elite shungite.



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Elite Shungite
Shungite is a rare black stone made up of 99% carbon. It's mainly found in Shunga, Russia. The purported benefits are water purification, reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and shield Electomagnetic Field (EMF) emissions.



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Ayurveda Copper Pitcher


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Shungite


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Magnesium

Summary:

Fasting is a great way to give your body and digestion a rest, repair old and compromised cells and do a deep clean. A clean water source is paramount and electrolytes are essential for fasting periods over 24hrs. I do Intermittent fasting every day with a minimum of 18 hours fasted daily and try to fast for 48-72 hrs every month. I have been following these practices for the past 7 years with excellent results.

The best sources of drinking water are distilled water with added shungite or trace mineral drops, Reverse Osmosis & Spring Water. Typical grocery store filters may filter out the scent of chlorine and some chemicals but fail to remove many of the chemicals, contaminants and microorganisms that are present in municipal tap water. If you have a drilled well ensure to have it regularly tested as ground contaminants, excess minerals and pesticides may be present, many of which are not tested for.

Fasting is an amazing modality in your general wellness toolkit and will have you feeling fresh and renewed. Give it a try if this resonates with you! Always check with your doctor or health practitioner before starting any extended fasting.

Thanks for reading!




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Wolf Encounter Experience

I was hiking a trail in British Columbia, Canada and out of nowhere, almost as if through an astral portal a large grey Timberwolf appeared. It was running at high speed and when it observed me it veered off the trail and stopped in silence. We both stood staring in the same total awe of what was taking place. Our eyes met and an incredible energy emanated between the majestic grey timberwolf and myself.

A soul exchange of ancestral DNA, knowledge, wisdom and the forging of an eternal quantum bond was initiated.

We stared for what seemed like an eternity before the wolf suddenly motioned into the ponderosa pines and vanished as quickly as it appeared. I cautiously started back toward the trail head being careful not to run. I looked back and noticed the wolf at distance, watching me, following me with intense curiosity and escorting my being from its territory.

I returned to my vehicle forever changed, with profound animal spirit wisdom and a new lens of perception.

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Psychoanalysis Definition: "Anima"- an individual's true inner self that in the analytical psychology of Carl Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct. The inner personality that is turned toward the unconscious of the individual (contrasted with persona)

Historical/Philosophy Definition: "Anima"- Comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "spirit, soul." Especially the irrational part of the soul as distinguished from the rational mind.

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