I practice fasting almost every week. I say almost every week, because sometimes I do not fast. However, I make it a practice to fast once a week for a 24 hour period.
The type of fast that I stick with is a water fast for the 24 hour period. This type of fast is also known as intermittent fasting.
There are times when I fast longer, but only after I have prepared myself, mentally, physically and spiritually. Fasting takes focus, willpower and determination.
Are you thinking about fasting, but do not know which type of fast is best for you? Ultimately you should do the type of fast that is best for you and one that will give you the best results for your situation.
*Consult your healthcare provider, especially if you are planning on faster longer than 3 days and if you have any health issues.
There are certain people who should not fast. Do not fast:
- While pregnant or nursing
- When extremely debilitated and malnourished
- Before or after surgery
- If you suffer from cardiac arrhythmia or congestive heart failure
- If you are struggling with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar, or major depression, or severe anxiety.
- If you suffer from severe liver and kidney disease.
- If you are a Type I Diabetic.
- If you are taking anit-infammatory medications, aspirin, antidepressants, narcotics, chemotherapy, or diuretics
- If you are taking prednisone.
Types of Fasts
Total Fast or Absolute Fast
A total fast is a type of fast when you do not consume and food or water for a certain time.
Dr. Colbert does not recommend this type of fast, because going without food or drink for long periods of time is extremely dangerous. The body needs 2 quarts of water to sustain a healthy life.
Author’s note: I would not recommend anyone do this type of fast, because the body needs water. If your church encourages this type of fast, do not do it without drinking water.
A water fast is a fast where you do not consume any food or other liquids. The only liquid that you consume is water.
If you choose a water fast, make sure you do so under supervision, especially if you go longer than 3 days.
I did a water fast for 5 days and it was an experience. However, I had better success doing a 3-day water fast.
If you go this route, then you must make sure you get plenty of rest, take time from your job, and have no other activities planned.
A partial fast is one in which consume food, but you avoid other foods. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. I participated in the Daniel Fast for 21 days and felt great after doing it.
The Daniel Fast is one in which you abstain from animal products, sugar, caffeinated beverages and other junk foods.
I would recommend this fast to anyone, especially if you cannot do other types of fasts. I once had a strong craving for sweets, but after doing this fast, I no longer have this problem.
A juice fast is a fast in which you consume no food, only juice, preferably freshly made juice. Juice fasting is very popular and some have great success with this type of fast.
There is a young woman on YouTube who has completed a 10 day juice fast. She had some very good results.
Dr. Colbert recommends juice fasting because it is a safer, more effective complete detoxification method of fasting.
Author’s Note: I plan to juice fast and I will keep you posted.
There are many types of fasts. Do not ever follow what others are doing, you must always do what you feel is best for you. Everyone’s situation is different.
I highly recommend that you make fasting a practice, even if you can only fast for a short time, because it has so many benefits. Fasting is not only beneficial for the body, but for the mind, spirit and soul. *Shorter fasts may actually be better.
Have you ever fasted? What was your experience? If you have never fasted, do you think fasting is something that you will consider? Please share your thoughts!