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Doctor insights on: Is It Healthy To Fast With Just Water And How Often Should It Be Done

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Is it healthy to fast with just water? And how often should it be done?

Is it healthy to fast with just water? And how often should it be done?

Not especially: If you are fasting for a day for religious or spiritual reasons, then you should be ok as long as you don't have diseases like diabetes or hypoglycemia. If you're trying to lose weight, this won't help as your body will slow metabolism. For bowel health is unnecessary as bowel constantly clearing things our, even during sleep. See your doc for specifics. ...Read more

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Is a five day water fast healthy for a 17 year old of normal weight?

Is a five day water fast healthy for a 17 year old of normal weight?

No: Waterfast is another form of "detxification which can screwup your water metabolism and your electrolytes. Since you are not overweight why mess with your body. ...Read more

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I drink about 4 160z cups a water a day and after i'm done drinking, chew on a lot of ice. Is it okay for my health?

I drink about 4 160z cups a water a day and after i'm done drinking, chew on a lot of ice. Is it okay for my health?

Ice chewing: The water consumption is great, chewing ice not so good for your teeth. sudden hitting teeth together hard crunching can fracture parts of the tooth off or propagate fractures into the nerve of the tooth. This generation will loose teeth to fracture as much as decay or periodontal disease ...Read more

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I have read a great deal lately about extended water fasts for health, weight loss, etc. Are these fasts safe for 60 days?

I have read a great deal lately about extended water fasts for health, weight loss, etc. Are these fasts safe for 60 days?

Not recommended: I would not recommend doing that for more than 2 days if at all. Eat right: good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of lots of organic vegetables and just enough protein. Eat complex carbohydrates, avoid sugars and limit flour products. Eat meals 5 hrs apart. Drink lots of water between meals. ...Read more

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I have OCD and wash my hands and wrists in scolding hot water and have done for about 2 years. Could this give me any health problems?

I have OCD and wash my hands and wrists in scolding hot water and have done for about 2 years. Could this give me any health problems?

Yes: You must know that there's a problem here. The anxiety you avoid by the washing looms worse than the pain you experience during and after. You can get help and while it might take lots of trial/error, it can be found. The enemy (OCD) will find ways to attack - you must find ways to protect/defend. Seek good therapt - search till you succeed. Use the stuborness OCDs have on your behalf. It's a tool ...Read more

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