What Would The Effect Of A 30-day Water Fast Be? My Friend Wants To Do A 30-day Water Fast To Detox, But I Am Kind Of Concerned About It. She Has Never Done A Water Fast Before, So 30 Days Seems A Bit Overkill.
First off, Don’t worry too much that your friend will actually make it 30 days. If she has never fasted before, it is extremely unlikely she makes it that long. I have been fasting pretty hardcore on and off for 5 years and my personal best is 13 days. Here’s a video of my early days if you think I’m full of BS. That being said, here is what happens in the body when you fast. The body burns any food that was eaten recently, turning it into an easily burned form of energy called glycogen. Next, the body turns to stored glycogen stored in the liver. Most people seem to have 2–3 days worth of “easy-access” glycogen in the blood stream and liver. Over the first, give or take, 3 days of the fast you deplete the glycogen stores and then your body turns to an alternate source: fat stores. This is an alternate metabolic pathway that all humans (if not hindered in some rare genetically related manner) have the capability of. Often referred to as “being in ketosis” your body produces chemicals that break down fat to ketone bodies (often just called ketones). The body is also able to produce a small amount of glycogen, through a process called gluconeogenesis. When you combine Continue reading >>