Q: How long can a person fast on a juice fast and on a water fast? Are there some people who shouldn't do a fast,?
A: Fasting is practiced by all major religions and is one of the oldest ways of healing the body. Fasting is an excellent way of purifying the body from overeating and to aid in removing toxic buildup in the body. In Europe, it is common to fast at a health center for an average of 14-21 days. However, fasting health experts consider a supervised water fast of up to 40 days safe and a juice fast up to 100 days safe. Short-term juice fasting of 7-10 days and water fasting of 1-3 days done on your own is considered generally safe by many health experts.
When you fast at a health retreat center, you will be able to get the support that you need. This means that if you are taking medication, the center can assess your situation and advise you on your individual condition. For example, at the True North Health Center, they do an assessment of your situation to see if you are a candidate for fasting before venturing to their center.
The Following Individuals Should NOT Fast:
Unless you have sufficient knowledge of and experience with fasting, for chronic diseases and for extended fasting, you might want to work with a health care professional who can better guide you (this could be locally, online or at a retreat center). Being at a health center, for the specific purpose of fasting, however, means that you don't have to worry about the usual stresses in life, such as preparing meals for your family, doing household chores or having to be at work. It also means being surrounded by other people who are undergoing similar experiences as you, and who can support your goal to a more healthy you (friends and family may unfortunately frown upon your fasting efforts ).
There are various health centers that support fasting. Besides the one mentioned above, Tanglewood Wellness Center and the Tree of Life Center Us might be some great places for you to explore.
To a more healthful you,
Article Originally Written in 2017. Updated 2020.
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