The Benefits of Dry Fasting

Dry fasting? Does that mean not even water? For how long? Won’t I be thirsty? This is the typical response I get from my patients when I talk to them about the benefits of dry fasting.

Fasting is quickly becoming the new health rage… and with good reason. The research just keeps pouring in. Fasting can help you lose weight, reset your gut microbiome, regenerate old, injured tissues, give you a massive influx of stem cells, and help your brain grow new neurons.

And there are all kinds of ways to fast: water fasting, intermittent fasting, 24-hour fasts. The interesting part of fasting is that each one of these fasts does something different to your body.

So, how do you know which one is best for you?

I’ve done several videos on fasting to help you navigate which one of these fasts is right for you. You can find them on my YouTube channel.

But, today, I want to zero in on a new fasting method that’s starting to gain more attention… DRY FASTING.

What is dry fasting?

Dry fasting is exactly what it sounds like: no food or water for an extended period of time. At first glance, this might sound torturous. But let me walk you through the benefits of dry fasting and you might just find that this is the most powerful fast you can do.

The first thing you should know about dry fasting is that people have been dry fasting for centuries, primarily for religious reasons. The Muslim faith, for example, encourages dry fasts from sun up to sun down during Ramadan.

The second thing to know about dry fasting is that when it’s done for short periods, it can be incredibly safe and even more effective than a longer water fast.

What are the benefits of dry fasting?

Your body is so incredibly well designed.

When you go extended periods without food, your cells will eat the toxins inside of it to survive.

So check this out: you know that extra water weight you feel like you are carrying around with you all day long?

When you go extended periods of time without food or water, your body will speed up the metabolism of fat to access the water that resides within your fat cells.

That means that one of the most exciting benefits of dry fasting is an increase in fat metabolism.

But the benefits of dry fasting don’t end there. Research is proving that dry fasting can have the following miraculous effects on your body:

1. Dry fasting lowers inflammation in your body

One of the most important benefits of dry fasting is that your inflammation levels significantly drop.

In fact, studies show dry fasts significantly lower the concentration of inflammatory markers like these:

  • TNF-α: This molecule is able to induce fever, inflammation, and cell death. It can increase the chance of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel diseases when it’s not properly regulated.
  • CRP: High levels of CRP are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease
  • IL-1b: Important mediator of inflammation and is linked to heart failure.
  • IL-6: This pro-inflammatory molecule can worsen autoimmune diseases and infections. It’s associated with a higher risk of diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and further malignant growths in people with breast cancer.
  • CXC Chemokines: Molecules that cause inflammation when unregulated.

2. Dry fasting helps you grow new brain cells

Dry fasting promotes the release of a chemical in your brain called BDNF. This is like Miracle-Gro for your brain.

The benefits of BDNF on your brain are profound. BDNF is known to:

  • Improve memory and learning.
  • Increase brain plasticity.
  • Increase the creation of new neurons.
  • Protect against degeneration of brain cells.

Another benefit of dry fasting is that you tend to get higher ketone production on a dry fast. Ketones are incredibly healing to brain tissue and will reduce the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. This can have a dramatic calming effect on conditions such as anxiety where the brain is overstimulated.

3. Dry fasting balances cholesterol levels

Many people who go on a ketogenic diet fear an increase in cholesterol. What I see in my clinic is that the opposite actually happens, especially if you apply the low carb, high-fat principles of a ketogenic diet with short intermittent periods of dry fasting.

Several studies show that after dry fasting:

  • HDL (good) cholesterol levels increase in women.
  • Total cholesterol and triglycerides decrease in men.
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol decrease in both sexes.

4. Dry fasting lowers blood sugar levels

When your blood sugar is too high, it’s damaging to your body and brain. When I first start working with a patient, our goal is to get their morning blood sugar somewhere between 70-90.

When I see numbers higher than that, I know it’s time to throw in some fasting. Multiple studies have found that after a dry fast, people have decreased blood glucose levels and increased insulin sensitivity.

5. Dry fasting prevents Osteoporosis

Another cool benefit of dry fasting is the impact it can have on your bone health.

Your body will secrete a hormone called Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) during an intermittent dry fast. PTH helps with bone reabsorption, bone formation, and increases calcium levels in your blood.

How long should you dry fast?

I think this is a really important question to ask. Dry fasting is not a fast you should do for a long period of time. I recommend to my patients that they start with a 12-hour dry fast and then work up to a 24-hour dry fast.

I have started a ritual of dry fasting every Monday. The way I do my dry fast is to get up at 5 am, have a glass of water and a cup of my buttered organic coffee. Usually, I am done with my coffee by 6 am, so I don’t eat or drink anything again until 6 am Tuesday morning.

How do you prepare for a dry fast?

I recommend that in the days leading up to your dry fast, you increase your hydration. Just be mindful to add in a few extra glasses of water each day. This way you don’t go into your dry fast dehydrated.

How do you break your dry fast?

Dry fasting is a more intense fasting experience for your body so my first recommendation is that if at any point in your dry fast you feel dizzy, light-headed, or like you are going to pass out, it’s time to break the fast.

I had this happen to me the second time I attempted a 24-hour dry fast. About 12 hours in, I crashed. My muscles felt fatigued. I was exhausted. And something inside me said that I needed to eat and drink. So I listened to my body and broke my fast.

I normally break my dry fast with a probiotic-rich drink like raw kefir water or a sauerkraut juice. After any fast, there is this unique opportunity to get good bacteria in your gut to help grow a healthy microbiome.

How often can you dry fast?

There are no set rules to how often you can dry fast. But the because the benefits of dry fasting are so powerful, I have added dry fasting to my weekly routine. Mondays are my busiest days, so I do a 24-hour dry fast every Monday.

I recommend to my patients that they constantly vary their diet. There should be low carb days, high protein days, short intermittent fasting days, longer 24 hour fasting days, and now I am including dry fasting days.

There you have it, the scoop on the benefits of dry fasting. As with all fasts, I highly recommend you have a coach or health professional oversee you during a fast. And as always, listen to your body when fasting, especially dry fasting.

Happy dry fasting! Reach out if you have any questions. I always love hearing about your fasting experiences.

Studies:

INTERMITTENT FASTING AND HUMAN METABOLIC HEALTH

Ramadan Fasting Exerts Immunomodulatory Effects: Insights from a Systematic Review

Is Ramadan fasting related to health outcomes? A review on the related evidence

Effect of Ramadan fasting in Saudi Arabia on serum bone profile and immunoglobulins

When should you do a dry fast?

2020-08-20T13:58:50+00:00Fasting Techniques, Nutrition|

67 Comments

  1. Masana February 22, 2020 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I like lattes. I often have a latte on my way to work. I fast from 7pm to 11am but have wondering if the latte actually breaks the fast and I’m not IF after all

    • Jessica Coots March 5, 2020 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Hi there! Best way to find out would be to measure your glucose & ketones before and after.

    • Laura April 27, 2020 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Lattes break fasts. Black coffee is fine

      • Durelle May 7, 2020 at 11:39 pm - Reply

        I have medication I have to take twice/day. I’m currently intermittent fasting for 16 hrs/ day.
        Would a dry fast be inappropriate for someone who needs medication? I also take vitamins and probiotics with an enteric coating. If this won’t work for me, what do you recommend?
        Thank you,
        Durelle

    • Scott August 9, 2021 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      Yes it does break the fast. Just chewing a piece of gum will break fast.

    • Ahmad Hasan September 5, 2021 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Thank you for telling the benefits of Dry Fasting. I found the fasting of Prophet David (Dawood) very beneficial. I mean alternate day Fasting from dawn to dusk (about12to15hours).

  2. frank February 27, 2020 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I fast 48 h ours every two weeks. One week in between is a rest period I’ I feel great, full of energy and clear thinking when fasting.
    II dump lots acids and wast at the end of the fast and 12 to 24 hours after the fast. I feel energetic after the fast. I take pro biotics the end. I break the fast with fruit and or soups or water . rehydrate my body is at 8.5 on the pH scale
    I love it Frank

    • Stacey April 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Hello, Mindy! Thank You very much for this article! It is so useful! I dry fasted for 36 hours and felt remarkable afterwards. It was easy to focus on daily tasks and I didn’t feel weakness! However, I was embarrassed by bad breath. It that ok while dry fasting??? Or how to deal with it?

  3. N Caraway March 14, 2020 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Resetter!

  4. John March 21, 2020 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I dry fasted for 24 hours the first time last summer working hard in the blazing sun sweating a lot and found it just as easy as prolonged water fasting which I have been doing for years. I also did 36 hrs. dry fast recently and found it easier than water fasting so I love it and dry fasting is my new preferred method despite what the typical drug pushing doctors with all their baseless scare tactics say. And yes please send me anything you have on the subject as I am trying to dive into the science which is hard to come by.

    • Tina Payton June 18, 2022 at 5:19 am - Reply

      I see this post is from 2020. I would be interested to know if you are still fasting? And are you still dry fasting? How is it going? Do you still feel the same about dry fasting?

  5. Chris Adams March 22, 2020 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Since it is easier to fast at night, I usually fast for one more night than each day, so my fasts are 1½, 2½. etc. days long (36, 60,… hours.)
    I was doing 36 hour dry fasts and now just did a 60 hour one and feel great!!! Just wondering if it is safer to go longer. 84 hours (3½ days) or more? Is there a maximum?
    Also, I have to ask: coffee before a fast? Fasting is so alkalizing and coffee so acidic. It seems counter productive to me.

    • Scotty October 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      100% about coffee ☕…so acidic…follow an Alkaline diet

  6. mark wood March 23, 2020 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I love your site and your-tube channel

    1) Does Dry Tasting help reduce high blood pressure….

    2) is it OK if I fast 48 hours per week? thinking of doing Monday and Tuesday.

    3) I have water fasting for a number of years been fasting

    Thank You…!!!

  7. mark wood March 23, 2020 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    SORRY WAS NOT CLEAR – IS IT OK TO Dry FAST 48 HOURS ONCE PER WEEK?

    • Jessica Coots September 29, 2020 at 12:32 am - Reply

      Hi there! We do not recommend dry fasting over 24 hours.

  8. John Salton April 1, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Hi Mindy
    Really good info
    I’ve done a 40 day water only fast and I’m now planning on a 5 day dry fast starting Monday next week
    If I feel I need to at any point then I will
    Is it a good idea to still do light exercise ?
    I’m looking forward to Monday
    John

    • Nairn October 6, 2020 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Hi john
      I did a four day dry fast in the middle of an 11 day water fast and for the whole time, I walked 8kms every day and normal daily activity. I felt GREAT.

      Tim Ferris cites studies that show muscle wastage with no activity while fasting; massive benefits if you keep moving.
      One key for me was a pinch of quality salt under the tongue if I ever felt fatigued/dizzy/off.. immediately rebalanced electrolytes and symptoms disappeared in seconds.

      I don’t remember the source now, but the longest clinically supervised dry fast recorded is 18days, and many experienced fasters do 8 day unsupervised dry fasts.
      Way longer than Dr Mindy currently recommends, and just even more evidence of how amazing our bodies are, and what hype the food and pharma industries have sold society.

      I’m 3 days into a fast now (48 hrs dry so far) and wish I’d bitten the bullet months ago instead of spiralling into a depressed, anxious and overwhelmed state feeling sorry for myself..
      I have energy again at last bc I’m giving my body a rest. Sounds so counter-intuitive; so works!

      Happy fasting :)

      • ryan February 1, 2023 at 9:55 pm - Reply

        There is a guy on Instagram who is at day 200 of dry fasting for 23hrs a day and only consuming liquid for one hour. pretty amazing stuff. HE is living a breatharian lifestyle. I know its not full day but still amazing.

  9. Xiomara Saba April 22, 2020 at 10:49 am - Reply

    The coffee before fast seem like a bad idea. I know my body & personally it would go through withdrawal and make me uncomfortable if I did that. I avoid caffeine period before fasts.

  10. Douglas April 27, 2020 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Hi Dr what’s your opinion on adding a dry fast day in a 5 day water fast. Or to alternate between water and dry days.

    • Elizabeth Pernada May 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Hi I’m Eliza from the support team.

      Here’s a video for that question: https://youtu.be/fPE4Hi8g21w

      Hope this will help you.

      • Thad August 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Unfortunately, that video does not address doing dry fast periods during extended water fasts, which was asked. Perhaps you should post an article, make a video, or post a link to an appropriate aricle.

    • Central Virginian November 3, 2023 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      It’s better to dry fast at the beginning and then water fast. Not recommended to start water fast and then dry fast in the same fasting session

  11. Mike Mikaelian April 28, 2020 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Hi Mindy, Love all fasting, I am confused about one thing, A hard fast, no contact with water, yet
    Through my investigation I have read water will not pass the outer layer of the skin and that water
    Will quickly evaporate. Thank you for all you do., Mike Mikaelian

  12. mohamed April 28, 2020 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    In the Quran, fasting is one month per year from sun rise to sunset. This is not a recommendation from God, it is an obligation to whoever is able, not sick, or traveling. So, eventually people will find out that this is the best level of fasting

  13. The Maxes April 28, 2020 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I have prescriptions and supplements to take twice a day. Does drinking the glass of water with those mean that I absolutely did not do a dry fast? Or is there some flexibility in the definition of dry fasting?

    • Elizabeth Pernada May 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Hi, Eliza here from the Support team.
      Yes, drinking water does break the dry fast. We highly recommend asking your doctor first if it’s safe for you to do dry fast.

      • Kapil December 24, 2022 at 2:24 am - Reply

        How to keep clean during hard dry fasting

  14. Jasmine May 3, 2020 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Thanks Dr Mindy for the information.I am a Muslim and currently we are fasting ramadan for 30 days which is dry fasting from sun up tp sun down..the number of hours is different from country to country..i live in Australia so i fast total 12 hours from 5:30am i stop eating drinking and breakfast at 5:40pm with water and dates which gives energy to body and its the way our prophet Muhammed used to break his fast..2 of my Australian christian friends are trying to fast this year as they knew about the health benefits for it and it is nit torture as many people think,subhan Allah your body will adjust …We are eating every single day,our Quran advised that 30 days is a break forbthe body and also when your stomach is empty,your mind is clear and your connection with God is higher.
    Yasmine.khamis@yahoo.com

  15. Yanira Zablah June 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Dr. what supplements are needed after a dry fast? Mag? Potassium?

    I do 16 -18 hr intermittent fasting.

    • Elizabeth Pernada June 10, 2020 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Hi Yanira,

      Eliza here from support team

      Yes, you can take those supplements after your fast. Dr. Mindy is personally taking this supplement called MIN from Systemic Formula. She actually recommends to up your mineral before you start your fast.

      Also, make sure that you eat healthy foods when you’re not fasting.

      I think this video will help you understand how to break your fast.
      https://youtu.be/_2eJ8SzlGH0

  16. ACE Management June 11, 2020 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Awesome information Dr. Mindy. I am a virgin faster for about 2 years and I feel best when dry fasting 72 hrs every 2 weeks just to to reset and revitalize. Amazing energy the last 18-20 hrs.

  17. MMA Guy June 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I have dryfasted everyday pretty much for the last half year (obviously short fasting periods, not 24 hours) and I have noticed a HUGE difference in how my body feels, I started first with fasting since I had inflammatory problems since I was 16, I was given medicine and different skin cremes NONE of it worked at all, but when I started out with fasting (first normal fasting) I started to notice my skin looking better, inflammatory areas would become neutral again and I would in general overall just look better.

    Then I started with dry fasting here is the benefits that I have gotten from this fantastic method!

    Skin which was already looking better, cleared up MUCH better than before, I had a little acne before, that is all gone.

    All inflammatory areas on my body have become neutral, no more pain at night or when working out, yaay!

    I’ve lost a good chunk of weight and I’ve started to build a 6 pack (obviously also training by the side, but this helps amazingly with trimming the fat).

    Much more energized, feel like I can wake up and conquer the world everyday, fantastic feeling.

    Much less stress, I’ve gotten rid of almost all my stress and is now reliefed to do more training, running etc. because of that stress disappearing.

    Better cardio. Personally when I’ve started running for the first time some years ago I could barely run 2 or 3 miles without coughing out my lungs almost and running dry.

    Now after I haven’t run in years (started some months ago) I run routinely without any problems + I run longer and faster than I ever did so that’s definently a benefit.

    So here is some of the minuses: Well the only minus I have is that it is a little bit tougher to lift and workout, even though the running is easier, lifting is just a bit different, but here is the positive news: It can be done, I’m doing it right now and although hard and having to sacrifice almost all of your time on this routine, it can be done to train while fasting, but again be careful since you shouldn’t try to lift the heaviest you can, but instead try to be consistent.

    Anyway that’s my experience, keep doing the great work you do doctor!

  18. Danielle June 26, 2020 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I drank about 2 tablespoons of water with my allergy medication. Did this break my dry fast?

  19. David July 2, 2020 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Will you have the same benefits of dry fasting if you shower? What if I wet my mouth with water and spit it out. Does it break a dry fast?

    • Shelly November 15, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      Did you find out the answer to this question? I have been wondering also.

  20. Kimberly Pearce July 3, 2020 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    2 weeks ago I did my first 24 hour dry fast. I went from weighing 211.2 to 207.4. I immediately followed with a 24-hr water fast and went from 297.4 to 204.8 pounds. I am a daily intermittent faster .. mostly circadian fasting. At this moment I am 21 hours in a 36-hour fast. Just going to rest today.

  21. Abdulrahman July 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    We Muslims have been dry-fasting for the past 1400 years during the month of Ramadan. If you fast regularly, come join us during this upcoming Ramadan. It is much easier to fast when billions of people are fasting with you too.

  22. Lauren E Townes September 15, 2020 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Reading everyone’s questions and detailed responses is so helpful. I am incorporating water and dry fasting into my weekly routine.Love this feeling of a continuous momentum forward.

  23. Chandeshwar Sharma October 20, 2020 at 10:11 am - Reply

    So much thanks to author. well illustration the benefits of dry fasting. i have been doing intermittent fasting since 1994.

  24. Lori Moody February 15, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Mindy for sharing your knowledge! I have been doing intermittent fasting for a few years and a couple 5 day water fasts last summer and fall. I feel great whenever I do them and would like to adopt a regular but varied fasting practice. I have done the dry fasting for 12 hours a couple of times after watching one of your videos and I would like to now try for 24 hours. I would love to be on your list so that I can continue to learn more! Thanks again ????

  25. Daniel April 10, 2021 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    thanks

  26. Lynette April 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I make kidney stones like crazy. I really want to try dry fasting and have been water fasting (IF) for over 4 months. I currently do OMAD. I love this way of life, but am facing a situation with the stones. Doctor wants to put me on meds that would force me to eat twice a day morning and night to take meds. Please does anyone have any ideas how I can avoid this and is dry fasting something recommended with kidney stones?

    • Caroline May 21, 2021 at 6:53 am - Reply

      I wonder if eliminating oxalates from your diet would help with the stones?

    • Yulia July 5, 2021 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I know of certain herbs that help dissolve kidney stones safely. Also, drinking a lot of water, watermelon, cucumbers help kidneys flush. And reducing spinach, rhubarb, and other oxalic acid rich foods is helpful. Make sure you drink pure soft water too.

    • Amber November 22, 2022 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Maybe try a product like Kidney COP for a while first to flush out the stones, then try dry fasting. Also, kidney stones can often be from oxalates made endogenously, usually by candida overgrowth or another gut imbalance, so using something like ZenCleanz One to fully clean out the gut and then dry fasting may also be helpful. I pray that total health and wellness is YOURS!????

    • n May 28, 2023 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hello Lynette.
      The doctor’s meds won’t help at all. 99.9% of doctors still claim ignorance as to the cause of stones.. I used to go to the hospital about every month for terrible stone attacks that would sometimes make me passout. terrible in my kidneys and while passing to the bladder. I swore off hospitals and meds eventually and had to figure this out myself. I relocated to a developing country where I have access to the wonderful plants of the amazon. There is a plant here called chanca piedra, stone breaker plant. (Phyllanthus niruri). no one here feats stones because of this plant. You will be able to order it in the States.. get whole leaf with the stem and make tea with it. This stuff works. it will stop an attack and clean your kidneys when taken as maintenance regularly. it is also very good for your liver and immune system. I batch-brew it every several days in a stainless steel pressure cooker. this makes a very dark rich potent tea that we then drink cold from the fridge. Since I drink it every day, I add in una de gato (cats claw) and canela de velho (old man’s ankle). most people online call it old cinnamon, but they would all be wrong. I live where it is harvested. Anyways, I drink this daily and have eliminated the threat of stones. a few times I have felt the early pain of an imminent attack and just drink a big glass of tea and go back to my life with no issues.

      Before finding this plant here, I had solved my stones with raw apple cider vinegar. this really works too. I was using brags back then but then started making my own raw vinegar that taste way better than brags. but anyways, you can drink a full glass of raw organic unfiltered vinegar at the first sign of kidney pain that you know means stones. followed by a liter of good water. then always brush your teeth immediately as the vinegar eats enamel Brags was real hard to drink like this but so worth it. then have another glass 30 minutes later. it starts dissolving the sharp edges within 15 minutes and takes the pain down fast. That has usually been enough to stop a bad attack. then start drinking about 6 to 8 oz once a week in the morning on a empty stomach for maintenance. its really good to drink a couple of ozs with each meal too.
      Dont forget to rotate your greens especially. oxalates are what keep the livestock in the field from eradicating their favorite plants by forcing them to rotate as the specific types of oxalates build up in the animal. Most greens have it.
      Anyways, If you do these things, your life will be changed. Order a kg of stone breaker and start taking the raw vinegar today.
      blessings from the forest.
      My wife and I water fast 4 days every week for several years now and eat only three meals each week, with much longer water only fast though out the year as I feel called to do.

      • Robyn K November 1, 2023 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge. I just happened upon this website. Kidney issues run in my family. We don’t form stones but the function of the kidneys tends to die with age…I am going to try this tea idea for SURE….

  27. Nas Bitounis September 18, 2021 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    20 years ago my child ,now 31 years old,had been been suffering of headaches ,vomiting and reduced endurance –
    All doctors and psychologists that examined him in the course of six months could not cure him.
    Finally a “real” doctors that I was God blessed to find after examining him with only his hands commented that my sons immune system was the culprit
    He cured him with 10 days fasting the 1st three days of which consisted of Dry Fasting
    Since then I have been dry fasting for 36 hours whenever I has been ill and I have always been cured

  28. GK December 11, 2021 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I started off doing a dry fast for religious reasons, and after having learned of it benefits, as well as having experienced them, I now dry fast twice a week. On and off, I have been dry fasting for a while. It is truly is mind over matter. To give you just one of the many benefits that I have experienced: I have had inflammation in my lower back since childhood, causing me pain. Since I started fasting, it completely disappeared. I went to my doctor about this but there wasn’t much he could do. We have been duped by large companies that make money out of us to improve health, but natural is best. I honestly believe that there are yet more benefits to be discovered about dry fasting. I open my fast with some water and a light salad. Smoothies and other nutritious foods are good, as your body will suck up any nutrients when u open your fast.

  29. David Collins May 6, 2022 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Can the time between you going to bed and getting up count as part of a dry fast?

    • Colleen November 15, 2022 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Yes, the time you spend sleeping counts as time towards your fast.

  30. Dr. Prabhat Ranjan September 28, 2022 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I have started 12 to 13 hrs dry fast everyday since last one month, and excellent results were observed on my health. I thank Dr. Mindy for giving such a wonderful therapy from the field of naturopathy to us. I recommend everyone except kids to implement this therapy.

  31. George November 15, 2022 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Dry fasting vs abscess tooth, who wins?

  32. Rob Lettieri December 9, 2022 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Dry fasting for 24 hours does absolutely nothing. Your liver is just about depleting all the sugar. You don’t see real benefits until at least 72 hours. Dr Mindy you are doing a disservice to these people by either lying or not keeping up with current research and literature on dry fasting. I myself have gone as long as 6 days dry fasted and tons of 72 hour ones. There’s many drs on YouTube such as Jason fung, and Dr Ken Berry who explain this also.

  33. Todd January 8, 2023 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Hello, Thanks for the article..

    I am working on day 13 of my Water fast, I just completed a 24 hour dry fast today as well.

    I was not planning on dry fasting, this is my first time, But I was having such bad heartburn that my body was telling me to stop drinking water, then I looked it up and saw dry fasting was an actual thing, I feel great! I also have not had any heart burn since during this dry fast period, Such a relief! I am considering extending to 36 since I will mostly be asleep for the last 12.

  34. Priscilla March 12, 2023 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I would love to ask, Dr Mindy since I’ve seen videos where you explain the importance of dry fasting around our cycle as women, but you mentioned above you do a 24 hour dry fast every Monday, is there a reason for this? Could I do dry fasting once a week too then also? I am 40 still menstruating. And do you offer coaching?
    Thank you!

  35. Shana March 19, 2023 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Sorry for typo. Please send re-setter link. I fast with my husband during Ramadan which starts soon and would love support! Thank you

  36. ProVita Semper April 12, 2023 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Jesus Christ Himself, Fasted 40 Days. The Holy Bible, in the Gospels are clear that there are certain devils and spirits that can ONLY be cast out with fasting (along with prayer). That is the Christian tradition of fasting…over 2000 years–EVERY Wednesday and Friday, for over 1900 years (until the mid 1960s when it became very lax).

    Also, the Jews have had fasting, clearly referenced in sacred scripture, for several thousands of years! And Islam shares that common belief with Jews and Christians the efficaciousness for body and soul, mind, and spirit, of fasting.

    Truly, it is only since about the mid-1960s that Jews and Christians have “left” fasting behind. So sad!

    I’m just getting back into fasting, and have seen a huge help in the areas of physical health, and spiritual health!

  37. Alex April 16, 2023 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I’ve been doing Alternate Day Fasting (dry/36h) for a while now. The exclusion of water seems to be the final tweak that really made the difference for this 60y old male. I presume everything runs slower as u get older & dry fasting beyond 24h hit the sweet spot. BTW, I worked my way up to a longer fasts & beyond. Practice makes perfect like everything else in life.

  38. Jaime July 12, 2023 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I was a devout Mormon for the first 40 years of my life, which means I had a regular practice of dry fasting from the time I was 13. A typical dry fast for a Mormon is on the first Sunday of each month for 2 meals, which is open to interpretation for members, but is often clarified to mean a dry fast for about 24 hours. It was always open to interpretation, depending on the members’ health and stamina, meds they were taking, whether they were pregnant or nursing, etc. But it was mostly encouraged as a means to deepen spirituality.

    I love that all this research is coming up, especially in regards to dry fasting. When I was a kid, even my Food Science Professor at BYU said there was no scientific evidence that fasting was good for your health.

    I started fasting on my own for weight loss back in 2008, and discovered that my regular fasting from my religion helped me to adapt quickly. I started with an OMAD plan, with my eating window between 11 and noon everyday (with water). But then on the first Sunday of the month, I was so accustomed to fasting that I didn’t notice much of a spiritual change on the fasting sundays. So to deepen my spiritual practice, I would do my typical 24 hour fast, but remove the liquids. After I reached the 24 hour mark, I would add in some water, then stay hydrated until the following morning. That made a 36 hour fast really easy to achieve. But at the time, I was so aware of people’s ideas that fasting that long was bad, or not a good way to lose weight, etc. and so I kept it to myself. But I lost weight really quickly.

  39. Gerry Park September 20, 2023 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Can you take the last 24hrs of an extended fast ( 96Hrs) and make it a dry fast? Will that be ok?

  40. Silvia Larrave November 16, 2023 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    reseter tribe please

  41. Lunalee November 25, 2023 at 5:33 am - Reply

    I use to practise Dry fasting for 18 hours continue 10 days and result amazing my blood sugar from 5.5 to 4.1🙏

  42. Priya January 2, 2024 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr. Mindy

    Can we do Intermittent Dry fasting for 30-40days like no food or water 9pm to 5pm and from 5pm to 9pm can eat and drink. Will this help with loosing weight and curing arthritis, bad cholesterol and chronic inflammation?

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