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Water Fasting, work and STRESS

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10 Apr 2011 01:15 - 10 Apr 2011 01:19 #6589 by loveWithClarity
loveWithClarity created the topic: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
Peace and Love...
I need your advice.

I started a 14 Day Water fast on Monday. Everything was beautiful for me at the beginning of the fast. No hunger pains, headaches, only regular symptoms that come with a woman's monthly gift but I did have stress from work and a current legal battle.

Fast forward day 5 yesterday (4/9/2011) I had a healing crisis while at work. I felt extremely dizzy and needed to sit down. I plopped down in front of some co workers and they freaked out and called 911.
I love and thank them for that but I was horrified they did.

The EMS arrived and it was all down hill from there. The pricked my finger and told me my blood sugar was at 60 and that most people are unconscious at this level and if my sugar didn't go up they would rush me to the hospital where they would pump me with fluids. I totally spazzed out thinking about a rush of chemicals flown into my clean body.

I had two choices eat in front of the EMS so my blood sugar would go up or rushed to the hospital and possibly go into shock with what ever they pump me with.

No one knew I was water fasting and on my cycle. I told them and they Freaked out, preaching about the unhealthy nature of fasting and that fasting is bad for me. They gave me COKE, Non Organic Apple Juice and some kind of oral glucose medicine packet. I was and still am horrified about that.

Needless to say my blood sugar dropped to 53 with all that stuff they gave me and I had an anxiety attack thinking about the outcome of that coke. They put me on the stretcher and my heart probably jumped out of my chest from the anxiety. I just centered my self by crying, trying to relax and apologizing to my body for what just took place.

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They checked my sugar in the ambulance and I was at a 95.
I refused to go to the hospital as I realized they would make the situation worse.I finished the day off with vegetable soup and crackers because I still had the shakes.

ALL this to say,

Did I loose all five days of fasting in 2 minuets filled with stress, coke and artificial sugars?
Is really safe to fast while a women is on her cycle?
Is it safe to complete my 14day, starting tomorrow (Sunday)?

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10 Apr 2011 07:31 #6590 by cory
cory replied the topic: Re: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
Well the good thing is that even after you broke your fast, your body still probable in quite high in ketosis. So should return to a fasting relatively quickly, as long as you again within a week.

For the other questions I am not completely sure, but I know that in the Muslim religion your not allowed to fast while on your period.

You do get weaker state while on your period, that combined with your fast might be a problem.

Also it may be best to just do some short fasts, until your body gets used to fasting as I doubt you want a repeat of what just happened, or ideally if you want to do a longer fast book some time of work for the later part of your fasts so your in a less stressful environment.

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11 Apr 2011 06:06 #6594 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
Just to understand correctly: Your blood sugar was indeed abuot 3.33 mmol/litre in the standard units. This is not too low: I have measured it at barely 1.2 mmols with no obvious side effects, PROVIDED that the patient was in ketosis.

During a fast, the drop in sugar is made up by fat breakdown which releases ketones. Ketones has about twice the energy content of blood sugar.

The resultant drop in your sugar after taking sugar is a beautiful demonstration of the principles of homeostasis: Your body responds to what you do to it!

I believe your symptoms was the result not of something you needed to get IN, but something that needed to get OUT. Remember that fasting MOBILIZES toxins but you still need to ELIMINATE them.. we have had much discussion about this on these forums and you'd do well to read them.

Some answers:
1. No, you don't lose all. your body remains able to go ketotic very quickly after breaking a fast with such simple sugars. Cory's wize words rings true indeed.
2. Most of my female patients find they have a much lighter and less painful period if they fast when it's on.
3. I prefer never to decide beforehand on the duration of a fast, as that might over-ride your biofeedback.

Bear in mind our remarks are "generic" as we have not examined you. Only a professional consultation can render results specific to you in your circumstances.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

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11 Apr 2011 19:06 #6597 by Milena
Milena replied the topic: Re: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
I started my period after I completed 9 days on dry fast ( no water and no food) and transitioned to water. I had absolutely no problem with it. Today I am on my 33rd day of a combined fast (dry and water) and have not taken any days of work.

May the Energy you free from digesting serves your Body and Spirit well!

All my posts are based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of the licensed medical practitioner.

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11 Apr 2011 20:36 #6598 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Re: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
Sounded scary. Hope you're okay now.
I find that my heart races every now and then, it is stress, or anxiety?
Was away last weekend living outside, after 5 + days fasting, did keep running over the weekend, did ok, but kept stress at home.
Best thing is to take time off work - if you can at longer periods into fasting. I did a 20+ days a while ago and went faint at work. After the spell, my energy returned, but kept checking on myself, I don't want to faint altogether.

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11 Apr 2011 20:51 #6599 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Water Fasting, work and STRESS
Only one hormone - Insulin - reduces blood sugar.

Several others - Cortizone, Growth Hormone, Glucagon, Adrenalin, etc - increases blood sugar.

Thus when you fast and the sugar drops, your body releases inter alia som Adrenalin, which can cause palpiations. The best way to balance it is with Endorphins- Exercise.

André

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