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I'm thinking of going on a water fast. is it okay to at least chew gum?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fasting: If you are doing a fast for religious reasons, chewing gum is often not deemed acceptable. If you are fasting for health reasons or for weight loss - please re-think it. Water fasts can make you sick as well as reducing your metabolic rate. If you are going to fast consider a juice fast (with fresh organic vegetables & fruit). Take care.

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Last updated Jul 9, 2013

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