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A 16-year-old female asked:

what are the benefits of water/liquid fasts?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
No calories for days: forces people into ketosis, i.e. burning fat, thus body fat stores reduce (like what happens to people in concentration camps; not fed or fed minimal). However, many, in response to fasting (with lots of cheap carb foods widely available) end up storing back more fat (after stopping the fast) than they lost during the fast. Thus generally, in modern USA culture, often ends up a net negative.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Uncertain: Various health conscious individuals advocate periodic fasting as a means of"detoxifying" the body. Western medicine doesn't support the practice. Fasting for weight loss 1-2 days a week can be effective but most individuals would find this difficult to do. Fasting for spiritual reasons may be of psychological benefit for some.

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Is it ok to use soapy water instead of wipes during changings?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is happening when water "breaks?"

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Amniotic sac rupture: "water breaking" is when the sac holding the baby's amniotic fluid ruptures, typically causing a gush or persistent trickle of fluid. This usually occurs at the end of pregnancy or during labor when the cervix is starting to dilate, disrupting the membranes. Occasionally it can happen prematurely which requires hospitalization.
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Can my water break in the absence of other symptoms?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
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Yes: Yes and since your water breaking is an important event (at any time when you are pregnant) you should always inform your obstetrician if you think you broke your water; even if you are not sure. You do not need to experience a large "gush of fluid" in order to have broken your water.
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What will it feel like when my water breaks?

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Gush of fluid: Usually when your water breaks it feels like a gush of fluid. It is usually clear with a pink tint and no odor. Urine will be yellow with an odor. Sometimes it can be a trickle of fluid that doesn't stop. If you are not sure put on a pad for an hour and see if it is wet or call your doctor and they will do an exam.
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Do I sweat out a couple lbs of water everytime i'm on the bike?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Maybe: Depending on how hard your workout is and on where it is, you easily could sweat that much. Make sure you replace it with nonalcoholic fluids.

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