Water fasting is becoming a popular way to lose weight. It has also been suggested in studies as a way to lower
your risk of chronic diseases and extend your lifespan. One big downside to water fasting is that it induces fasting-acidosis: A condition where blood pH drops to unsafe levels during the fast. Fasting acidosis can lead to acid reflux, nausea, and heartburn, among other effects. Alkaline water is the best water for water fasting because it can raise blood pH from 40 – 70% under acidosis conditions. It also inactivates pepsin, the enzyme that triggers the painful burning of acid reflux.
How Water Fasting Works
During a water fast, you consume nothing but water. If you are water fasting without medical supervision, your fast should last no longer than 24 to 72 hours. You should choose the dates you plan to fast carefully: You will experience low energy levels, so try to choose days where you can keep your activities to a minimum. Definitely, plan on not driving or operating machinery.
It’s a good idea to build up to fasting slowly. Begin in the days ahead of your fast by reducing the size of your meals. Avoid fasting if you are feeling unwell or very tired, When fasting, be sure to drink plenty of alkaline water. You should drink about 3 liters per day.
After your fast, you should begin with small, easy to digest meals like chicken soup. Then build up gradually to normal-sized meals.
Benefits of Alkaline Water for Water Fasting
Stop acidosis: Alkaline water will help raise your blood pH when your body enters into a state of fasting-induced acidosis. Acidosis is a temporary condition where the blood pH drops to unsafe levels. Your body can compensate for it, but that compensation might cost you some bone mass. That is because the body will steal calcium from your bones to neutralize the excess acidity. Drinking alkaline water during your fast helps protect your bones.
Stop acid reflux: You are also likely to experience acid reflux while water fasting if you don’t drink alkaline water. Acid reflux is a common side effect of water fasting. Alkaline water inactivates pepsin, the enzyme that triggers the painful burning of acid reflux.
Detoxification: Alkaline water hydrates you faster and more thoroughly than plain water. While fasting, you want to flush your body of toxins as much as possible. Alkaline water’s alkaline pH enables your kidneys to effectively flush toxins like fluoride and heavy metals.
What to do during a Water Fast
You’re going to feel tired and low on energy, so plan to get lots of rest, avoid intensive exercise, and drink lots of alkaline water. You need to drink more water than usual because 20 – 30% of the water you consume on a daily basis comes from your food. You’ll need to replace that water.
Caution: It’s normal to feel a little dizzy when you get up during a fast, so be careful that you don’t fall down. If a person doing a fast begins to feel disoriented or confused, seek medical help right away.
People who should not fast
Some people shouldn’t fast. If you are under a doctor’s care for any reason, you must ask your doctor before starting a fast. If you are over 65 or under 18, talk to your doctor before starting a fast. In addition, the following people should never fast:
- People with an eating disorder
- Those who are underweight
- Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with heart trouble
- Anybody who has type one diabetes
- Persons with uncontrolled migraines
- People receiving blood transfusions
It is a good idea for anyone planning to do a water fast to talk to their doctor first. Your doctor can make specific recommendations that will enable you to get the most out of your water fast.
For best results, use alkaline water from a water ionizer
During your water fast, you’ll be drinking about 3 or more liters of alkaline water per day. A water ionizer is ideal because you can make and drink as much alkaline water as you want. You should also drink the highest pH alkaline water your machine makes. You need high pH alkaline water because your body will be in a state of fasting-induced acidosis. The bottled alkaline water at the store isn’t as strong as the ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer, it won’t fight your acidosis as effectively as the alkaline water from a water ionizer.
Alkaline water has health benefits whether you are fasting or not. Call us at 877 959-7977 and try alkaline water in your home for up to 75 days to see what it can do for you
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