Could you go for three days without food? What about not drinking any water, juice, soda? Could you even avoid contacting one drop of water for that period? That’s what the 3 days dry fast is all about. It starts with not eating or drinking for three whole days. This is an extreme diet. It’s in the same category as 24/24 intermittent fasting (IF) that requires you to do an eating/fasting cycle, and the keto diet. This type of fasting isn’t for everyone. It’s tough to not eat for one day let alone avoid all food and water for three days. Even not bathing or brushing teeth for 3 days might seem unhealthy let alone unclean.
Well, like other types of diets, 3 days of no food and water can provide several benefits. On the plus side, it can “reboot” your brain and body so they work better. It can also help to prevent certain health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and others. Some risks involve not doing it right. It’s important to avoid things like heavy exercising, and you might experience some side-effects. Like other diets, you should weigh dry fasts’ pros and cons.
What’s a Dry Fast?
As the name suggests this extreme dieting involves not drinking any water for 3 days. It’s the opposite of water fasts that let you consume water and only water. This one doesn’t let you drink one single drop of H2O.
It might sound dangerous but what’s it all about? This fasting doesn’t let you drink any water. Dry fasts can provide many health benefits but it’s an “extreme” fast.
It’s not a good idea for newbie dieters and it’s important to follow the guidelines to a tee. On the other hand, it will be easier for people with experience fasting or plans like the ketogenic diet. That’s because you’ll be used to dealing with hunger pangs and thirst.
It’s interesting to note that fasting is already a part of various religions including:
There are two types of dry fasting:
1. Intermittent Dry Fasting
This allows you to eat/drink within a small window during each day of the fast. Then during the others, you must skip out on all food and drinks. You do fasting/eating cycles like 16/8 or 20/4.
In terms of benefits/risks, this lets your body refuel. You also reduce the risk of no water for long periods.
2. Prolonged Dry Fasting
This involves not consuming food and water for 24+ hours. That includes a 3-day fast. This is an ultra-extreme dry fast since you go a long time without water. Water is critical to help your organs to function properly.
It’s interesting to note that religious dry fasts usually only last for 24 hours. This helps to reduce the risk of side-effects like headaches.
Finally, there’s a “hard” and “soft” version of dry fasts. The hard version doesn’t let you contact any water during the fasting period including for teeth-brushing and bathing. Meanwhile, the soft dry fast allows your body to contact water.
Benefits of 3 Day Dry Fast
This type of fasting can provide various health benefits including the following:
When doing a dry fast this causes inflammation levels to drop greatly. This can help to help with conditions like:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Cancer (some types)
Another benefit is this kind of fast can boost your immune system so it’s better equipped to fight such diseases.
2. Diabetes prevention
Since this type of extreme diet helps to lower blood sugar levels it can also help reduce the risk of diabetes.
3. Blood Pressure
This type of fast can also help to lower blood pressure. Various studies show that dry fasts can help in this area. One study showed that this diet can help lower blood pressure when consuming macronutrients that include fat, carbs, and protein.
4. Cholesterol levels
A dry fast can help to reduce your levels of “bad” cholesterol” and total cholesterol while boosting good cholesterol levels. Several studies have shown this result.
An interesting factor is the kinds of food you eat before and after the dry fast. For example, one study in Morocco showed that dry fasters had a major drop in bad/total cholesterol up to one month after ending the fast. This could be due to foods in the country that contains high levels of “good” fats.
5. Brain function
A dry fast can provide several benefits for the brain. It can boost neuron production and protection. It can also help to reduce the chance of various brain-related issues related to things like toxins. This fasting can also help with brain functions like memory and learning.
6. Blood Sugar
Dry fasts can also help to control your blood sugar. A dry fast can result in a 50% drop in the growth of insulin and glucose. Several studies show this type of fast can help with controlling blood sugar.
Drawbacks and Risks of 3-Day Dry Fast
As with all diets, there are drawbacks and risks involved with dry fasting including the 3-day type. Here are some of the main ones to keep in mind:
This is more likely when you do a 3-day fast instead of a 1-day version. It’s important to avoid things like heavy exercise and hot temperatures since it could cause you to lose water through sweating.
In fact, in theory, you should avoid doing this diet if you have hot summers where you live. The extra sweating done during the hot months could boost the chance of dehydration when you go 3 days without food and water.
More specifically, it’s recommended that you not do a dry fast while you’re on prescription meds. If you’re taking any OTC or prescription meds you should inform your doctor before starting this diet.
You should take that step anyway. This is an extreme diet and it’s one you shouldn’t start without getting professional medical advice.
One of the common side-effects of fasting is irritability. This could become a problem if you’re working around other people. The lack of food and water for 3 days could make you moody and even affect your work negatively.
There are some possible side-effects when following a dry fast. You may experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and thirstiness. The cause is when your body isn’t getting any nutrients at all, it starts scrambling to get them from somewhere else like fat stores.
This explains why it’s easy to do a dry fast if you already follow the keto diet. This is a low carb, high-fat diet that causes your body to go into a state of “ketosis.” It results in your body getting energy from fat instead of food. You can even tweak your keto diet to do a 3 day dry fast.