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12 Feb 2014 16:07 #20207 by Buda
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Hello, to begin, I was initially doing a juice fast to cure my gastritis. I got to about day 3 after discovering people saying a water fast is more effective. So after day 3, I began a water fast (which I am resetting the counter, and not adding the 3 days of the juice fast to it). I am currently on day 5 of the pure water fast (distilled water). The other night, while sleeping, I felt a burning sensation on the top of my toes (3 middle toes of my right foot). In the morning upon waking I could not see anything, but they were slightly itchy.

The next night (last night) my toes were very itchy, and upon observation, they were now pink and slightly inflamed in the local area.

Now to my questions.
Is this normal? Is this part of detoxification? If this is normal, will continuing to fast clear it up, if so how long? Will using a topical medication help or complicate matters?(I have some hydrocortisone). My plan was to end the fast after 7 days, but if extra time will heal it, I will do that, but do not want to go longer than 10 days, as I have lost a lot of weight already, and was pretty thin to begin with. Weight loss was not my purpose for this fast, it was to relieve my gastritis.

I hope someone can enlighten me!
Cheers!

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13 Feb 2014 05:09 #20230 by TheFastDoctor
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Welcome here dear Buda!

Firstly do note that "juice fast" is a contradiction of terms. All fruit is juiced by your teeth so by the time it reaches your stomach it is juice anyway. And as fruitarians can live on fruit indefinitely, this is a sustainable diet. A limited diet can still stimulate acid production in your stomach so it may perpetuate the gastritis.

Fasting affects all parts of your body equally. Thus to have only 3 toes affected would imply a local factor such as an insect bite or contact with an allergen. This would hold even if the irritation later spread to the other toes.

TOPICAL cortizone will definitely NOT affect the fasting metabolism as preciously little is absorbed. Plus, during a fast, your body produces quite a large volume of cortizone anyway.

I agree that you should not extend your fast for this reason, particularly if you are already underweight. It would be much better to rather repeat the fast and get into the habit of regular fasting. Rest your stomach at least one day per week so that it may attend to the gastritis thing often.

Please consider next time to have a fatty meal before the fast, rather than a fruit diet: This would help "guide" your metabolism towards fat for the fast, rather than towards carbohydrate/protein as a fruit diet would do.

Wishing you gr8 health.

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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13 Feb 2014 14:26 #20239 by Buda
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Thank you for your advice André! I was totally unaware of eating a fatty meal before the fast, now I know for next time! :)

Also, you say to fast for one day a week. Currently I am doing a method of IF that involves only in an 8 hour window, and fasting for 16 hours, commonly referred to the 16/8 on the internet. Is this ok? Or should I do the full 24 hour fast once a week and drop the 16/8, or do both together?

Once again thank you, your advice is very much appreciated!

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13 Feb 2014 14:49 #20240 by TheFastDoctor
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Bear in mind, dear Buda, that metabolically a fast only STARTS about 24 hours after the previous meal (unless you are VERY active and burns off all carbohydrate in less than 24 hours). I have explained the rationale many times in these forums... please read widely.

Thus an every-other-day fast would mean eating for an 8 hour window every second day. Then, it would be valid. But not if you eat every day.

Note it is NOT bad to eat 8 hours every day. It is quite normal. But it does not contain any fasting. You could, however, add fasting to that also to good benefit.

André

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13 Feb 2014 18:13 #20243 by kaypeeoh
kaypeeoh replied the topic: Rash developed on water fast?
I had eczema--itchy, sand-papery skin--which got better after a three-week fast. I was doing a lot of exercise which burned off stored gyocogen (sugar) within 24 hours, putting me in ketosis quickly.

kaypeeoh

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