Frequently Asked Questions

The 48 Questions of Fasting

It’s recommended that you do not work out during a fast if you’re not used to fasting. I would suggest that if it’s your first time fasting, try a fasting schedule of 5 days fasting per week 2 days eating, do that for 3 weeks to a month and then you can start working out while you fast. Video Reference.

Well the simple answer is eat juicy fruits, drink fresh-squeezed juice and juicy vegetables. You can also do soups. Pretty much anything that’s easily digestible and has a high water content. Check out this video for more information: video reference.

The absolute best water that you can manufacture yourself and drink for a fast would be what I like to call sun water. It’s basically distilled water that is solar-energized. Other than that I prefer distilled water, because it’s pure water with nothing in it. I believe that it definitely helps you detox during your fast versus any other kind of water. Video Reference.

The short answer is no. Even if electrolyte deficiency due to fasting was a real thing (which I’m very certain it’s not), ask yourself, would you become electrolyte deficient so quickly? There’s so much false information out there about electrolyte deficiencies it’ll make your head spin. There’s always somebody coming up with some new answer about why electrolyte deficiency is real. You are experiencing a detox symptom. Muscle spasms, joint pain, headache etc… all of these are detox symptoms that are very common. Putting more toxins/contaminates in your body (inorganic minerals) in order to make the problem go away is just being counterproductive. 9 times out of 10 you’re having issues because you put a lot of inorganic minerals into your body. People don’t realize there’s two different types of minerals: the ones you get from plants would be organic minerals, the ones you get from a synthetic pill would be inorganic minerals. Our bodies can’t process this crap, so what happens is your body will put the inorganic minerals in your joints, the muscles, anywhere it can, to get it out of the way until it has an opportunity to process it out or detox it. When you fast, you finally give your body an opportunity to process that stuff out and now guess what, yeah it’s not very comfortable all the time, as it’s pulling rock-like minerals out of your tissue. Now of course what I’m telling you is going to be completely opposed to what you’re used to hearing, but that’s the whole point of this group and my YouTube channel, it’s to give you guys the information that you never heard before. All mainstream sources are going to tell you that you’re going to have electrolyte deficiencies. There’s no such thing as an electrolyte deficiency due to fasting. Fasting regulates the body. You’re going to say: “But Chris, your body can’t produce electrolytes”. Watch these videos and you can see how we were able to have blood work done while fasting to see if there was an electrolyte deficiency there. The other two videos are about vitamins. Video reference 1video reference 2video reference 3.

Drink warm water, sip water in small amounts, avoid putting anything in your water, attempt to sleep with your upper body slightly propped up.

Not having a bowel movement on your water fast is extremely normal. It lets you know your digestive system is low-functioning. You should be able to continue pushing out fecal matter, or better yet, it should have never got clogged up in you in the first place, so not having a bowel movement is just an indicator of that. You don’t realize it, but the same thing happens when you are eating, basically your intestines get so full that it just starts forcing stuff out vs it coming out naturally like it’s supposed to, so when you stop eating it doesn’t have that added pressure. You can always get a colonic or do a water enema during your fast. Video Reference.

As a rule of thumb, 1 gallon per day is the recommended amount to drink. A lot of you will think that that is a tremendous amount of water to drink and I agree, because we typically drink just a fraction of that. Believe it or not, big or small, you can get to a point where you’re drinking 1 gallon a day, but I would recommend slowly working your way into it and never trying to force yourself. As soon as you wake up, try to drink your first 16oz before you do anything and space the rest out throughout the day, it should make it much easier for you to accomplish.

Yes, not only can you do it, but it’s recommended. I would incorporate the flush into a bi-annual regimen once you complete the initial flushes.

Common abbreviations are kind of infinite, because people will just take the first letter of each word in the phrase and make an abbreviation. OMAD (one meal a day), WF (water fasting), IWF (intermittent water fasting), DF (dry fasting), HDF (hard dry fasting), SDF (soft dry fasting), HBP (high blood pressure), BP (blood pressure), UT (urine therapy), ADF (alternate-day fasting).

You will lose 1 lb per day on average with juice fasting, 2 lbs per day on average with water fasting, and roughly 3 lbs per day on average with dry fasting. With water fasting there is a plateau on week 3, which we call the shrink week, for your skin tightens up, so you will lose inches on your waist, but you won’t lose any weight.

Completely unknown. Everyone’s body is unique, there’s way too many unknown elements involved to calculate that. The goal is to consistently be working towards a healthier lifestyle, putting less strain on your body and your immune system and increasing functionality over time. It’s not a race, but a marathon.

Yes it is, you just need to look at what type of fasting makes the most sense for your situation. I have a video that goes into more detail about this topic:

https://youtu.be/sLcNzy7ZnLU

The best way to protect your sun water is to make it fresh as much as possible, that’s limiting the different factors that can affect it. You can store it in Infinity Jars or miron glass to protect it from light waste, but making it fresh daily or every other day is kind of the best method.

You have to research to find alkaline foods, one good indicator is if a fruit or vegetable is seedless, that’s obviously not alkaline. Dr Sebi put together a food guide that gives you a really good head start on alkaline foods.

There are many different factors that play into the scale not moving. The important thing to understand, is that the body is highly dynamic and even if the scale doesn’t move, that doesn’t mean your body is not working. It’s very likely you’re experiencing a shrink week, where your skin tightens up and you don’t lose weight. One good habit is to tape yourself in addition to weighing yourself. Also, for women, during their cycles or certain times of the month, they can retain water, which will cause the weight loss to slow, which is nothing to worry about.

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The short answer is yes. This is not a popular answer, most people are very against pregnant people fasting. I pose this question: we’ve had so many women in the group talk about how they were infertile, but then after water fasting they were able to conceive. Why is it that fasting is okay to create an environment where conception is possible, but it’s not okay to continue throughout the pregnancy? The reality is that fasting is a normal part of our lives, while we’re sleeping we’re fasting. Now, while I won’t say that a woman should necessarily do a complete long-term water fast while pregnant, it’s completely safe to do intermittent fasting, juice fasting or even one meal per day. After speaking to many pregnant women and reading about their experiences, I find that oftentimes pregnant women don’t like to eat a lot. They feel bloated and uncomfortable. There’s even some women who claimed that they weren’t able to eat, because every time they ate, their body would throw it up. I’m in no way advocating long-term water fasting while pregnant, but the shorter durations, less than a day, juice fasting, one meal a day, or variations similar to that, are completely safe and healthy.

This question is hard to answer, because there’s just too many medications on the market. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t make recommendations about medication, but I can say that many members of the group have decided not to utilize their prescription medicine during a fast. Sometimes they will cut their dosage in half, and based on how they feel, they may wean themselves off. Others consult with their doctor, and as they are fasting, the doctor will sometimes suggest they need to cut back on the dosage. Ultimately, the decision is on the individual.

I believe that making fasting a part of your daily life would promote optimal health. I personally intermittent fast everyday, I do not eat breakfast and my first meal is usually around noon. Everyone is different and has different schedules, and since there are many different fasting options, I would suggest finding the one that suits you the best and make it a part of your daily or weekly life. Although fasting might seem like it’s hurting you at a point in time due to the detox symptoms, in actuality fasting can’t hurt you, so it’s a safe practice to do as often or as little as you like.

Buying a distiller makes it very easy, because you can manufacture your water completely at home. If neither buying a distiller or buying distilled water is an option, reverse osmosis water is good to use, but ultimately you can always take any kind of water, like spring water, set it outside in a clear glass jar to solar energize it. Just do your best to avoid tap water.

Headaches and other detox symptoms are simply a part of the process. The only proper way to stop them is to stop the detox process, you can do this by drinking fresh-squeezed juice. In the video below, Jonathan mentions a method that can alleviate headaches temporarily, although I have not personally been able to test how well this method works. If your detox symptoms are too intense, you can always try a lesser fast like juice fasting.

https://youtu.be/KVmlVlqlxyw?t=618

The recommendations for what types of foods to eat after a long water fast are very simple: eat juicy fruits, vegetables with a high water content, and tender leaves. If the food in question doesn’t fall under this category, I would not recommend it.

If you’re re-feeding and you feel very bloated, there’s a good chance that you’re either not eating the proper foods, eating foods in much larger quantities than your body is ready for, or you’re having a digestive issue. If you eliminate the possibility of eating wrong foods and eating improper quantities, dealing with the digestive system is your solution. There’s many ways to improve the digestive system. I personally saw quite a bit of improvement after doing the liver and gallbladder flushes continuously. I also saw even more improvement after doing a long-term juice fast. There are herbs that stimulate the digestive system and many other options available.

Bone broth isn’t recommended, and if you don’t want to use vegetable broth, then the optimal solution would be fruits and vegetables with a high water content. You can also make soups with water content.

How much you gain after refeeding is completely unknown. It’s common to see 5 or even 10 lbs come back on, depending on your eating habits. If you start eating again and you’re eating the recommended foods, I genuinely would not worry about any weight gain. Your focus would probably need to be on your digestive system or possibly your liver function. One way to minimize weight gain when you start to eat again, would be to adopt an intermittent fasting schedule. You can also adopt a one meal a day fasting schedule. Both will help to keep the weight off, or continue you down your path of weight loss. A very important thing to remember is that as long as you’re eating the proper foods, the weight you gain is not the weight you lost, meaning you will notice that you might gain 5 or 10 lbs back, but you won’t look like you’ve gained 5 or 10 lbs back.

We always have to keep in mind that a doctor’s tests are based off of an average person who is eating. The very fact that you’re fasting will often throw off the test. I’ve never seen anyone have any long-term issues due to fasting. However, I have seen high and low numbers normalize due to fasting, so rest assured, your numbers will normalize after the fast, unless, of course, you had a pre-existing issue that is still being worked on.

Stop drinking water. The one gallon a day is simply a recommendation. I usually encourage people to drink as close to a gallon as possible, but if the water itself becomes too much for you to ingest, just slow down on the water, or if you are at a point where you feel comfortable, you can start dry fasting.

My suggestion would be to introduce them to the A Healthy Alternative YouTube videos. Take them down the path that helped you understand how beneficial water fasting is. The reality is that most people have formed their opinion on water fasting with having either zero information on it, or having false information on it. The best way to get them comfortable with it, is to educate them. Sometimes people will try to do quick Google searches or even ask a doctor, this is a major mistake. You need to speak to individuals who are experts in the area of fasting, and not people who are traditionally believed to be experts in everything health-related. Doctors have a very specific area of expertise and should not be used as a general counsel in all things health-related. Point them in the direction of people who have lots of experience fasting others. Jason Fung is an amazing example of one doctor who bridges this gap.

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Refer to answer 9. Basically, the decision is on the individual, but some members of the group don’t utilize their prescription medicine during a fast. Sometimes they will cut their dosage in half, and based on how they feel, they may wean themselves off. Others consult with their doctor, and as they are fasting, the doctor will sometimes suggest they need to cut back on the dosage.

You can do whatever you want on your health journey, but keep in mind it will negatively impact the process, so it’s not recommended.

It’s not recommended to work out during a fast if you’re not acclimated to fasting. We suggest that if it’s your first time fasting, try a fasting schedule of 5 days fasting and 2 days eating per week, do that for 3 weeks to a month, and then you can start working out while you fast. Ultimately, it’s going to be based on how you feel. If you feel good, you can try some light exercises. If you feel tired, don’t exercise.

The detox tongue is just one of those things that’s part of the process. You can try diluting some food grade hydrogen peroxide and gargling with that. Some people have had success oil pulling, some people suggest chewing on mint leaves. You can brush your teeth several times a day, and use a tongue scraper.

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The best way to prep for a fast is to educate yourself. Absorb as much information as you can about the process, start to finish, so that you are well aware of what to expect. Prepping for the fast is key.

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Refer to answer 25. Educate yourself on dry fasting, so you know what to do and what you can expect. Also, proper hydration is key before you dry fast.
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No, gum has a multitude of toxic chemicals in it, and it’s not harmless because it’s low-calorie or sugar-free.

Even if electrolyte deficiency due to water fasting was a real thing, which I’m very certain it’s not, wouldn’t you find it curious that your vastly intelligent body would get electrolyte deficient so quickly? The body is masterful at regulating itself. There’s so much false information out there about electrolyte deficiencies, it’ll make your head spin. What you are experiencing are detox symptoms. Muscle spasms, joint pain, headaches, weird heartbeat, etc… all of these are detox symptoms that are very common. Putting more toxins in your body (inorganic minerals) in order to make the problem go away, is counterproductive. Oftentimes you’re having these harsh issues because over time you’ve put a lot of inorganic minerals into your body. People don’t realize there’s two different types of minerals: the ones you get from plants would be organic minerals, the ones you get from a synthetic pill would be inorganic minerals. Our bodies can’t process this crap, so what happens is your body will put the inorganic minerals in your joints, the muscles, anywhere it can to get it out of the way, until it has an opportunity to process it out or detox it. When you fast, you finally give your body an opportunity to process that stuff out. And now guess what, yeah, it’s not very comfortable all the time, as it’s pulling rock-like minerals out of your tissue. Now of course, what I’m telling you is going to be completely opposed to what you’re used to hearing, but that’s the whole point of this group and my YouTube channel, is to give you guys the information that you never heard before. All mainstream sources are going to tell you that you’re going to have electrolyte deficiencies. There’s no such thing as an electrolyte deficiency due to fasting. Fasting regulates the body. You’re going to say, “but Chris, your body can’t produce electrolytes”. Watch the videos referenced below, and you can see how we were able to have blood work done while fasting, to see if there was an electrolyte deficiency or not. Through our testing, we have found no such case as an electrolyte deficiency caused by fasting. We are being told lies and half-truths, which is why we have such a difficult time healing, this is just one of those cases. In a few cases, we have actually seen electrolyte deficiency go away due to fasting. If you’re still concerned, you can get your electrolytes after you fast through your meals. I find it curious that we were never worried about electrolytes until Gatorade came around.

https://youtu.be/naBBRJ6kYLk

https://youtu.be/QidX_rZLm2A

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With the proper mental state, one can fast indefinitely (research breatharians). Traditionally speaking, you can safely fast as long as you have excess body fat.

Yes, yes and yes, absolutely, it’s one of the more common testimonials we see. Now with that being said, fasting isn’t magic, you have to remove the foods and stressors that caused your diabetic condition, otherwise it can come back.

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Depends on your level of commitment to the process. A 30-day water fast would in most cases take care of it, so I’d say anywhere from 1 to 2 months, if you’re dedicated.

Absolutely, in as little as a week or two of fasting, you will see a dramatic decrease in blood pressure. Keeping it low will require you to make some lifestyle changes. Also, if you’re taking medication, be careful, pay attention so that your blood pressure doesn’t get too low. Oftentimes members will reduce or eliminate their blood pressure meds while fasting.

There’s no way to say exactly how long it would take. I would say if you did a month-long water fast, you blood pressure would typically normalize within that time frame.

With dry fasting, you want to actively monitor how you’re feeling. If you become too weak or feel really faint, have some water. If you have done some good prep, by eating your water and drinking sun water, you will be able to go longer. Creating an environment that is as stress-free as possible, is extremely helpful as well. Rest as much as you can, get fresh air and sunlight, that will help a great deal. The important thing is to break your dry fast with water! Water only, and make sure to sip your water slow. You can seriously injure yourself if you don’t follow this protocol.

https://youtu.be/6pNSeyuFrwg

Losing weight is simple with fasting, just choose a method that can be integrated into your lifestyle. I would suggest playing with different fasting methods to see which one feels most natural, and then incorporating that in a daily or weekly routine. The key to weight loss is changing your eating habits. Learn about the proper food to eat and try new recipes. One meal a day is a very simple way to lose weight, and if you’re good with long-term fasting, a 7-day fast with a 2-day break and repeat, is a great schedule for weight loss.

The best diet while not fasting, is the one that contains the most natural (alkaline) food and omits meats, dairy products, processed food and refined sugars. Yes, this means you need to make time to cook your meals. With that being said, it’s a process, so take your time, remove foods from your life slowly, and if you decide that you don’t want to completely remove one of these foods I mentioned earlier, just look to reduce the amount you consume.

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One gallon is the recommended amount I typically suggest that you drink, or as close to a gallon as feels natural. The key to get your gallon in everyday, is to sip slowly throughout the entire day. Starting from the moment you wake up, till you are getting ready for bed – sip throughout the entire day. As you start to properly hydrate your body, you will find that you don’t need as much water. Especially if you begin eating your water, you will find that you don’t need as much water.

Alkaline in reference to food simply means natural foods. These will be non-GMO, non-hybrid foods, or foods with seeds in them. In another context, alkaline represents a certain point on the pH scale. The pH scale shows potential hydrogen in an item. 1-6 is acid, 7 is neutral and 8-14 is alkaline.

At this point, I can’t confidently answer that question. I have no experience with people fasting who have bad dreams. I don’t know what causes bad dreams, however, I do know that fasting restores your ability to dream if you’ve lost it. I would lean towards the possibility that fasting may temporarily cause you to have bad dreams, but eventually restore good dreams. I say that because oftentimes with fasting, things appear to get worse before they get better, it’s part of the detox process.

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