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Length of a Fast
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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The length of a fast really depends on a person's health. The healthier one is, the longer one can fast. Many practitioners recommend two- to three-day fasts with each change of the season. More commonly, a spring fast is recommended to cleanse the body of toxins that accumulated during the dormant winter season. Some people enjoy preventative fasts of one day per week.

The most basic fast is the water fast, in which you consume only water for a specified amount of time. This is the most aggressive type of fast and is best used by people in good health or those who are experienced in fasting. If you are trying it for the first time, it is recommended that you start with just one day. You should consume at least 80 ounces of purified water daily. People who are more experienced at fasting may drink only water for up to five days.

Juice fasts are also very popular. They are not as intense as a water fast because the naturally occurring sugars from vegetable and fruit juices prevent ketosis from occurring. Common juices include carrot, lemon, apple, beet, celery, and various greens, such as wheatgrass, spirulina, barley grass, and other super green foods. You should consume approximately 64 ounces of fresh juices daily. This type of fasting is indicated for people who are fasting for the first time or for those who cannot take time out of their schedules for a more intense fast.

Getting Started

It is important to start and stop a fast properly. The best way to start is to gradually lighten the amount of food consumed three days before the fast. Also, you should avoid heavier foods, such as dairy products and meats. The day before the fast, your diet should consist of easily digested foods, such as light salads, fresh soups, fruits, and herbal teas.

A Good Ending

The end of the fast should be similar to the days before you began the fast. You should transition to light foods for a few days and then gradually incorporate heavier
foods. Remember to keep drinking plenty of water, because detoxification will still be occurring.

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