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April 25 2019

Dry Fasting: Is It Worth It?

By Mark Sisson
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Today’s post is about dry fasting. I’ve covered plenty of other aspects of intermittent fasting, including recommendations around longer fasts, but lately I’ve gotten enough questions about this particular angle that I thought I’d address it.

Dry fasting is going without both food and fluid. That means no coffee, no tea, no broth, and no water or liquid of any kind (except the saliva you manage to produce). It’s an extreme type of fast whose fans and practitioners are adamant that it can resolve serious health issues. But does it? Is it safe? And what kind of research is available on it?

Where Does the Idea of Therapeutic Dry Fasting Come From?

The main proponent of dry fasting is a Russian doctor named Sergei Filonov. Filonov is still practicing from what I can tell, somewhere in the Altai mountains that span Central Asia. I found a very rough English translation of his bookDry Medical Fasting: Myths and Realities. Difficult to read in full because it’s not a professional translation, but manageable in small chunks.

His basic thesis is that dry fasting creates a competitive environment between healthy cells, unhealthy cells, and pathogens for a scarce resource: water. The dry fast acts as a powerful selective pressure, allowing the strong cells to survive and the weak and dangerous cells to die off. The end result, according to Filonov, is that the immune system burns through the weak cells for energy and to conserve water for the viable cells, leading to a stronger organism overall. He points to how animals in nature will hole up in a safe, comfortable spot and take neither food nor water when recovering from serious conditions, illness, or injuries that prevent them from moving around. But when they’re able to move while recovering from more minor issues, they’ll drink water and abstain from food. I’m partial to this naturalistic line of thought, but I don’t know if the claims about animal behavior during sickness are true.

Another claim is that dry fasting speeds up fat loss relative to fasts that include water. There may be something to this, as body fat is actually a source of “metabolic water”—internal water the body can turn to when exogenous water is limited. Burning 100 grams of fat produces 110 grams of water, whereas burning the same amount of carbohydrate produces just 50 grams of water.

Are There Any Dry Fasting Studies?

Unfortunately, we don’t have many long term dry fasting studies. In fact, we have one 5-day study in healthy adults. For five days, ten healthy adults refrained from eating food or drinking water. Multiple physiological parameters were tracked daily, including bodyweight, kidney function, heart rate, electrolyte status, and circumference of the waist, hip, neck, and chest.

Participants lost weight (over 2 pounds a day) and inches off of various circumferences, including waist, hip, neck, and chest. The drop in waist circumference was particularly large—about eight centimeters by day five. Blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, sodium and potassium levels, creatinine, and urea all remained stable throughout the study. Creatinine clearance—which can be a marker of muscle breakdown but also a normal artifact of fasting—increased by up to 167%.

The most voluminous research we have on dry fasting is the Ramadan literature. During the month of Ramadan, practicing Muslims complete a daily dry fast—from sunup to sundown—every single day. They eat no food and drink no fluids during daylight hours, which, in the countries where Islam originally arose, run about 15-16 hours. These are shorter dry fasts than the 5-day fast detailed above.

What happens to health markers during Ramadan? Mostly good things.

A 15- or 16- hour dry fast isn’t very extreme, even in the hot climates of the Near East. Two or three day-long dry fasts, particularly in hot weather, is another thing entirely. What works and is safe across 16 hours might not be safe or effective over three or four days.

I wonder if there’s a genetic component to dry fasting tolerance, too. Have populations who’ve spent thousands of years in hot, dry, desert-like climates developed greater genetic tolerance of periods without water? I find it likely, though I haven’t seen any genetic data one way or the other. It’s an interesting thing to ponder.

Is Dry Fasting Safe?

Obviously, skipping water can be dangerous. While we’ve seen people go without food for as long as a year (provided you have enough adipose tissue to burn, take vitamins and minerals, and are under medical supervision), going without water is a riskier proposal. The number I’ve always heard was three weeks without food, three days without water, though I’ve never really seen it substantiated or sourced.

One reason I’m skeptical of “three days” as a hard and fast rule is that most cases of people dying of dehydration occur in dire circumstances. People are lost out in the wilderness, hiking around in vain trying to find their way back to the trailhead. They’re thrown in jail after a night out drinking and forgotten by the guards for three days. They’re spending 24 hours dancing in a tent in the desert on multiple psychoactive drugs. These are extreme situations that really increase the need for water. Your water requirements will be much higher if you’re hiking around in hot weather bathing in stress-induced cortisol and adrenaline, or dancing hard for hours on end. Very rarely do we hear of people setting out to abstain from water on purpose for medical benefits, water on hand in case things go south, and ending up dehydrated. Part of the reason is that very few people are dry fasting, so the pool of potential evidence is miniscule. I imagine this last group will have more leeway.

Still, if you’re going to try dry fasting, you have to take some basic precautions.

6 Precautions To Take When Dry Fasting

1. Get Your Doctor’s Okay

Sure, most will be skeptical at best, but I’d still advise not skipping this step—particularly if you have a health condition or take any kind of medication. Diuretics (often used for blood pressure management), for one example, add another layer to this picture.

2. No Exercise

Avoid anything more intense than walking. For one, the hypohydration will predispose you to middling results, increasing cortisol and reducing testosterone. Two, the hypohydration may progress rapidly to dehydration. If you’re going to exercise during a dry fast, “break” the fast with water first and then train.

3. Keep It Brief

Yes, there was the 5-day study, but those people were being monitored by doctors every single day. I’d say 16-24 hours is a safe upper limit and probably provides most of the benefits (as Ramadan literature shows). Any longer, buyer beware. (And, of course, make sure you get fully hydrated in between any dry fasts you might do.)

4. Fast While You Sleep

Ramadan-style probably isn’t ideal from a pure physiological standpoint. The length (16 hours) is great, but the eating schedule is not. Those who observe Ramadan fasting ritual often wake up before sunrise to fit in food. They may stay up late to eat more. They go to sleep in a well-fed state, never quite taking advantage of the 8 hours of “free” fasting time sleep usually provides (and, of course, that’s not what their fasting practice is about). For a health-motivated dry fast, on the other hand, you should take advantage of it.

5. Take Weather Into Account

Hot, humid weather will generally cause the most water loss. Cold, dry weather will cause the least. Adjust your dry fasting duration accordingly.

6. Listen To Your Body

I’ve said this a million times, but it’s especially worth saying here. If you’re not feeling well during the dry fast, listen to your instinct rather than your agenda. (And don’t begin a dry fast when you’re ill. That should go without saying.) This is an optional tool. There are hundreds of other ways to serve your health and well-being. Don’t lose the forest through the trees because you’re drawn to a practice that feels more radical. Approach it smartly, but let your body’s intuition be the final arbiter.

That’s it for me. I haven’t done any dry fasting, not on purpose at least, and I’m not particularly interested in it for myself, but I am interested in your experiences. Do any of you do dry fasting? What have you noticed? What do you recommend?

As always, if you have any questions, direct them down below. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Dry fasting is super hard for me, whenever I don’t eat I get reeeeeaally thirsty.
    All of your mention of fasting with water that I’ve seen also includes coffee and other noncaloric liquids. What’s your take on the difference between liquid fasting and pure water fasting, with regards to their benefits/effects?
    I’ve listened to podcasts with Dr. Rhonda Patrick and she is a proponent of anything except water breaks the fast because the body has to metabolize it/non water consumption starts the body’s clock, etc. I agree with her work, it makes sense, and I’d like to see your thoughts on the topic of water only fasting.
    Also, when I try to intermittent fast, skipping breakfast, I can’t do it if I consume coffee because it makes me jittery on an empty stomach. But I did do it successfully for a while and actually felt energetic when I tried it with just water.

    1. I had no trouble with hunger. It was obliterated. It was like the first week or so that you go into ketosis. NO MORE HUNGER. My thirst didn’t start rly till about 20hrs into it. But I’m always well hydrated. I just drink alotta water. Little coffe or tea that’s diuretic. I also made sure I had eaten the day or two before, I eat OMAD. Food has loads of water too.I wouldn’t go from a 3 day water fast to a dry fast. Well, maybe a short 24 hr one… ?

  2. The Yom Kippur fast is a 25-hour dry fast, which has been observed annually by Jews for millennia. I’ve done it many times. Other than a mild headache in the afternoon (more likely from caffeine withdrawal than dehydration), I have never heard of healthy people having adverse reactions.

  3. You know what other cells hold lots of water my beautiful brain not saying I wouldn’t try shorter dry fasts if I thought it might improve a health problem but right now I’ll pass but it would probably be 24-48hr fasts.

  4. The idea that animals retire to a safe place while recovering from illness or injury is a solid one. The question is, if it’s right to assume that the animal internationally stop eating to aid her in recovery. After all, by confining itself, the animal is unable to forage for food and water. What’s overlooked (or not mentioned in what I have read so far) however, is the fact that if an injured animal will continue to roam around instead of hiding while sick, it will make itself an easy target to predators- even if the sick animal happened to be a loin. Humans on the other hand needn’t be concerned about falling victim to predators when sick. Still, I can see why dry fasting is alluring to some and I experienced it in the past, in a religious context no more (: This days, I eat in a small window and I am fine with that.

      1. I think “internationally” was supposed to be Intentionally, lol.

    1. My cat retired to a safe, quiet place and died a horrible death. I wouldn’t take animals isolating and not eating or drinking as health advice.

  5. I was led to believe that there was a connection between insufficient hydration and kidney stones. Many pilots – whose anability to just stop, step out and relieve themselves on long flights leads them to severely restrict their drinking, consider kidney stones an occupational hazard.

    I’m also cautious when it comes to accepting comparisons with animals. Ruminants, with their high-volume digestive system, can take on more water at a single drink than we can, and maintain hydration comfortably over a 24hr period, even in warm climates.

      1. You are right. Humans, however, are the most adaptable creatures on earth.

  6. Hi Mark,
    keep in mind that severe dehydration can cause permanent damage to the kidneys.

    1. Your body goes looking for the water you have loads of, in and around your cells Look up Snake Juice Diet on YT for fasting vids, incl prolonged dry fasting. I think more than 2-3 days dry fasting is nuts but many do it. With correct prep and refeeds. Incl “Kidney Shots” to ensure continued health of the kidneys.
      Now we aren’t animals, Im not a ruminant who can convert mass amts of absorbable calcium from plants, for instance. But animal behavior is highly insightful as they are quite similar to us on some levels.

  7. A timely article, Mark, especially seeing as Ramadan is right around the corner for me. I’ve always felt in need of your opinion on dry fasting specifically and how it fits into a primal lifestyle, trying to imagine how you yourself would do it!

    I dry fast annually during Ramadan, and sometimes during the year. I’m preparing for a month of 16-17 hr long dry fasts during the spring/summer. It’s more mental than physical to be sure, as it gets easier as one’s body adapts. It’s different this time, however, as I’ve done the keto reset earlier this year and am more metabolically flexible and fat-adapted.

    The challenge for me has been time management with feeding times and exercise. My practice in previous years has been to strength train hard (e.g. bodyweight and kettlebell training) an hour or so before breaking the fast at sunset with water and a moderate-sized meal, rehydrating during the night, and having a pre-dawn meal of mainly fat and protein, with some napping during the day to help stay awake and alert. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced much difficulty managing the above and it seemed to work out well, so it’s admittedly difficult for me to settle for mere walking, but I can appreciate your general advice and rationale from a safety and performance standpoint. I can also personally attest to the many pleasantly surprising benefits it confers which you’ve touched upon.

  8. I also observe the Yom Kippur fast, although I “cheat” and take a dose of Excedrin around 10 in the morning so that I don’t get the hideous caffeine withdrawal headache I did the first year. For me, it is actually easier to fast without water. I hear so many people say that drinking water inhibits hunger, but it’s exactly opposite for me. The water seems to wake up my stomach and remind it that it’s hungry!

  9. This is very interesting! I am always grateful to be exposed to new ideas and information from this blog…
    This makes clear sense to me. And the fact that water is released by fat breakdown is great to have, and explains a lot. This would enable the recovery of severely wounded animals in the wild – which we know can happen.
    I would like to point out that a Ramadan fast involves doing your normal activities while dry fasting – though only between sunrise and sunset. I think that if I try dry fasting, that would be the model I would try.
    And – for those concerned with the kidney stone risk – certainly you would not want to dry fast if that could be an issue for you. But since your body is not processing food during a dry fast, I would suspect that there would be less calcium or other minerals going through your kidneys at the time.

  10. I’ve been keto and fat adapted for awhile, along with IF. Great benefits. So when I learned about dry fasting it piqued my curiosity 🙂

    I’ve now done two 12-hour dry fasts a week apart, 6pm-6am. After the first one, I woke up and my chronic sinus congestion was gone. It’s Spring! Yet I can breathe easily, and am delighting to once again have a functional sense of smell. Hallelujah!

    Now, was it the dry fast or coincidence? I dunno, but the chronic congestion hasn’t returned so I’m happy.

    Also, this week I did like you recommend: broke the fast with water and re-hydrated before my workout. Felt absolutely fine for the hard workout.

    There are some claims that dry fasting is 3x more effective than water fasting, but for now I take them with several grains of salt. (Himalayan Pink Salt, of course 😉 )

    1. This is interesting. I do IF and I close my eating window, generally, by 6:00 and stop drinking any liquids by 7 or 7:30 (not for reasons of dry fasting, but so I can stay sleep all night and not have to wake up to pee). I then drink a cup of black coffee in the a.m. around…7 or 7:30. I just noticed today that I have not been taking my allergy meds – I forgot about them completely – and I am symptom free.

  11. I passed out after not drinking for a few hours in Hawaii. There’s no way I’ll not drink water for a long time on purpose. So many people die every summer in my country from dehydration! (They forgot to drink, or forgot to bring water with them outside).
    Just don’t do it, it will be a very stupid way to die

  12. I have dry fasted at least 6 times. for 24, 36, 48 and 72 hrs. I am a regular water faster and didn’t find it differcult. If you are interested there is a lot of information about the subject on You Tube or go to dryfasting.com.

  13. I do 3-day fasts every couple of months where I only drink minimal water. Once every year I do a 14 day fast where I drink only water. I intermittent fast every day where I don’t drink water for 18 – 19 hours and eat once per day some times maybe 2 meals but that is rare. This is pretty much every day except when I am doing a prolonged fast. I have done many dry fasts where I don’t drink water or eat for over 24 hours and I have never experienced any side effects. I am 47 years old. I have never had a headache in my entire life. I never have had back problems etc. I am fortunate in that regard. I have worked outside in the heat all day without drinking water and sweating a lot and have never suffered from severe thirst etc. The longest dry fast I did was 3 days with no water or food. I was thirsty after that but I never suffered from side effects. The thirst was minor. My body is accustomed to fasting I suppose. I have been intermittent fasting my whole adult life even before I ever heard the term intermittent fasting. Never any problems. As for losing muscle mass, I never have lost noticeable muscle mass. Fat yes but that’s it. Do I recommend this for others? I can’t say that. It’s just the way I have eaten most of my life and it hasn’t been a problem for me.

  14. I think dry fasting is superior to intermittent water fasting as it is easier to do once you get use to it. My longest dry fast was 63 hours, as soon as my lower back ached I broke the fast. I then began doing 1 24 hr dry fast per week and felt like I had plateaued. I now do 23hr Intermittent water fast with 16 hrs of it dry, 5 days a week. The dry fasting has defined my muscles and faded my wrinkles and strech marks. It takes a lot of mental strength going into the dry fast so the almost daily feels more comfortable. I started adding dry fasting into my regular intermittent water fasting 6 months ago and the physically results are astounding, I look 15years younger and my mental clarity and artistic ability have increased to levels I didn’t know existed in me. I recommend dry fasting but not without gathering as much information as possible first. Thank you for your post.

  15. Yet more crap written by people who don’t know a damn thing about dry fasting. I’m dry fasting RIGHT NOW. You don’t even get to “real” dryfasting until you hit the 72 hour mark when your body begins to break down your bodyfat and make metabolic water. 16 HOURS IS THE UPPER LIMIT? I’ve dryfasted 48 hours and walked 5 miles a day with no ill effects. Stop promoting weakass habits in people.

  16. I tied dry fasting the last couple of days. It was maybe a bit cheated, as I had my usual small cup of coffee in the morning. But basically last drank liquids around 8pm, had coffee at 6am and then meal at 4pm, consisting of fatty meat and steamed veggies and a beer (yes, I am a big cheater 😉 ). Otherwise no liquids or food inbetween.

    The observations:
    – Surprisingly I did not feel thirsty as I usually feel during water fast
    – My skin feels nourished and flexible, opposite to feeling of dryness on water fast
    – No constipation, which occurs often on water fast
    – No headaches

    – Little lightheaded but not as bad as on water fast
    – no cold feet. I actually feel my body to be warm inside, even thou the weather chilly (which in itself is a big help)

  17. I have been doing an OMAD dryfast 3-4 times a week for the last 7 months. I basically don’t eat breakfast and lunch on the days I work. I finish my day with 15-20 minutes of ARC indoor climbing. Then I usually follow that with a meal composed of lots of greens, nuts, fruit, kimchee, wine, protein(fish, chicken, beef), sometimes a subway sandwich on top of that, 1-2 chocolate bars and a maybe a glass of water. I’m 5’4″ and my weight dropped from 140 to 130 the first month and has stayed that way since. I think this behavior is health promoting, but I can’t ever truly know.

  18. To be careful. I did my first dry fast four years ago, at 105 hours. That is almost 4.5 days. I did not break it with water slowly. The lighting in my space is quite dark, and I did not see that my hands were slowly starting to dehydrate. I did not venture outside. I did not shower, or brush my teeth, or splash my face with water. At the time as well, the management in my apartment building NEVER turned on the air conditioning, and I would just sweat in my tiny place. I moved my fast out of my loft, and set up a space on the floor down below, where I lay or sat passing time. I tried to do the most research I could, and I thought it would help cysts I had because when I’d water fasted years before, they had become smaller, cellulite disappeared, and I cannot even remember all of my benefits, sorry, but I’d say not as many as I’ve gotten when juicing. Juicing for me has worked wonderfully. Anyhow, the symptoms that you need to watch out for when dry fasting, CAN BE CONFUSED with the positive symptoms. I would say not to dry fast by yourself without someone checking all of your vitals, and even IF you had someone that had experience in it with patients over years – to remember, that EXPERIENCE doesn’t mean they know any better than you. Moving on, my eyes became red, I had dry hands on the outside without realizing it until I got outside into the natural sun light. My tongue got heavy, and felt needle like, it began to do this on and off around the end of day 3. I had a pressuring in my pelvis. In my chest though it was not pain, but I did start to have a rapidness in my chest, by than I was so caught up in it, that I thought what harm could another 1-2 hours do. I had some light aches, and pains all over, just like in a water fasting state. I was hopeful to heal many internal issue’s, and I was hopeful to heal the damage done when I’d abused the water fasting. I made things worse.

    I’ve dealt with severe hair loss since not breaking it correctly, as I was SEVERELY dehydrated. The only way to stop the hair loss, all over my body, my head, and to the point it started causing severe itching, and a burning like sensation (even with redness) is to drink copious amounts of water a day. Oddly, the hair continued to grow, and fall, and at first I thought I had “TOXIC BUILD UP” – NOT. I tried to get in touch with the Doctor you mention here, to no avail. I did get in touch with the South African Doctor who is also a big name in the Dry Fasting community – I don’t have those notes any longer. He basically said to me, that, he never recommends just anyone dry fasting, and that I should make a post about my issue’s on his forum with my issue’s, and MAYBE someone could help that studies it in their practice. The hair loss isn’t the only damage done – once I felt not so ashamed and intimidated to ask and get help from Doctor’s, and the like, I was told by my now GP, that I was close to having a heart attack at only 30 years old – in fairly good health before. For awhile I dealt with chest pain and heart pain, that felt like it would squeeze after any type of activity, – especially cycling – as I did that as a way of transportation in my city, and I can keep up wit the traffic…. that has gone, yet every once in awhile, I get the minor chest pain. The pressure I had in my pelvis, well, it led me to having a numb left leg or left arm a week before my menses for about 1.5 years. It also added a very strong nausea at the same time leading up to my menses, in which this has just started to cease in the last 8 months. These things NEVER happened before, so I have no idea on the damage I did, or IF there was something else going on within, that dry fasting brought up. No idea. I think it is clear to say, I’ve unbalanced myself. I also began all at the same time, to have a VERY HEAVY MENSES, and a VERY PAINFUL one at that. I was hoping to heal a full back injury, a torn muscle, the pilar cysts I’d mentioned. A few other issue’s. I was a very healthy person, before I started experimenting with a Raw Vegan 811 / 955 diet, Water Fasting, Dry Fasting. Yes, the body IS resilient, but I interestingly enough, have very good genetics. Up until last year, people still thought I was 18-23. I have always looked very young, I never did damaging things to my mind, or body in my teenage years, but I have now done a terrible amount of damage that is likely permanent in my mid twenties to early thirties due to thinking I had enough information on the web, and being in unhealthy states of mind and took my health into my own hands. I REALLY CAUTION PEOPLE on fasting. If you don’t understand what you’re doing. DON”T DO IT.

    I have permanent kidney damage from the water fasts I abused 9 years ago. I got stuck in the starve / binge cycle, and I’d break 10 to 20 days water fasts on a liter of vodka. Eventually it led me to having swelling feet, and legs, and I didn’t know what was going on than, and I felt I couldn’t tell anyone, as I was on the poverty line, receiving an income from the government and dealing with severe mental health issues. Yes, mine is an EXTREME Case, but it is a caution. I still deal with the ramifications of my actions 9 years ago. I have edema in my brain, most days upon waking, it feels like the worst Depression of my life, until I get up, and I guess it flushes out, or runs down internally. 9 years ago, it would take months than to weeks, than to days to completely disappear. I left the all raw vegan diet, mainly on fruit, because the fruit was causing the edema to be worse. My guess is that the dry fasting that gave me severe nausea was also caused from the kidney damage I’d done years previously, and it just exasperated it. About 8 months later, after the dry fast, I started to have severe brain fog, and fell very ill, muscle strength loss, chronic fatigue, it all just hit me one day out of the blue. I was only working 30 hour work weeks, and BAM, had to sleep at 4pm, and would sleep until 12am, get up eat and drink, because I missed dinner…and than back to sleep until 6am, where I felt I needed more sleep, the illness, if you want to call it that, lasted 2.5 years, and it became worse. I was tested for Fibromyalgia, I thought maybe it was Cancer, the inflammation I caused in my body is so severe that two years ago, I was tested by a machine that showed that I had LYME DISEASE because the amount of inflammation matched that of someone with the illness.

    People thought I was exaggerating, or trolling, or putting down their efforts to heal dis-eases, and that they’d had wonderful experiences. I am not, I wasn’t. If you don’t know, don’t do it. You can hurt yourself.

    I too have healed, cavities, hair, skin, old scars, internal injuries through a Raw Vegan diet, a cooked Vegan diet, an omnivore diet, a pescatarian diet, and juicing.

    Most people won’t go to the Extreme’s that I have, but some will, because some are out there with the same illness as I still have, because I’ve talked with them online. I still beat myself up every day for the body I had before bleaching, water and dry fasting.

    People that are GURU’S and Health Advocates, I don’t care if they’ve written and published books, have abs and look healthy, can stand on their head and spin, have a PH D frame on their wall, make a ton of money, if they’re not kind truthful, considerate and BALANCED folk – BE CAREFUL. Listen to your gut instincts. Do your research, get both sides of the coin. Make certain you’re in a healthy mind state.

    Be Careful of what you read online.

    I also had pressure in my abdomen, and had what felt like a ball that would poke out from time to time, really an odd feeling. I’ve now been to naturopaths, Doctor’s, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, healers, ect ect and from what I can tell is if they practice a certain way, all of a sudden you have what they practice. But I know what I did to myself it is irreversible, and although it has gotten better over time, I know it will never be the same. I feel at times, I have actually sped up my aging internally, to externally because of what I did. I could have lived a longer life.

    Hydration is key. A diet that works for YOUR body. Exercise. A proper sleep schedule. Finding enjoyment in your life. Not for others.

    Namaste

  19. Hi. I would like to tell you about my dry fast experience. I broke my fibula ( with two fractures). After the first week I was put in a walking boot and decided to do two 24 hour dry fast a week. After a month in the boot the doctor cleared me and said I didn’t need to come back. I am an overweight post menopausal woman. I read that a broken fibula takes a minimum of 3 months to heal ( up to 6 months). I was walking around with minimal discomfort in 5 weeks. Dry fasting works.

  20. Jain Religion in India has been practising dry fasting for ages. This is not new and Jain people have been doing it for 1 to 16 days

  21. Mark, if you IF already, you have to try a 24-36 hr dry fast. Hunger is absolutely NONexistent. It’s so incredibly different from a water & electrolytes extended fast. I’m going to dry fast 36-48hrs weekly now instead of 3 day water fasts! I do brush my teeth just before starting at 7pm and once more —and also wash my hands off as needed though.!

  22. I dry fast 36 hours every week.I also do another24 hour water fast and two days of 16-8 intermittent fasts..The dry fast is not really difficult as i find myself neither exceptionally hungry or thirsty at the end of 36 hours. A big thing i like about the 36 hour fast is that your enjoyment of food once you start eating is through the roof.

  23. I’m currently 36 hours into my first dry fast. I’m taking it really easy, staying indoors and not exerting myself at all. I feel absolutely fine and I do feel cleansed from the inside out in some way. I don’t feel thirsty or hungry.