Niiiice, very nice, incredible I can say. Things keep going better and better together with the weather that is becoming more sunny and the temperature is keeping increasing so we will go above 20 in the weekend and I hope it remains like that.
In the previous article about the 4th day I mentioned that I went for about 2 hours of walking in the afternoon. After writing that and recording an english and greek podcast I went out again. I couldn’t believe how much energy I had. I kept walking unstoppably, afterwards I looked at the map and saw that I did approximately 6 km. And this happened very easily, I just returned home because I wanted to. I was feeling so strong and so confident even better than my other normal days I can say. To be honest I was very enthusiastic and I was also filled with very nice thoughts. I had so much positivity. A very enjoyable night walk even though it was cold.
Then I returned, I had a shower and then filled the bath with hot water. I emptied inside half a kilo of coerced sea salt and 3 tablespoons of soda. I turned of the lights and put meditation music from a beloved artist called Deuter. An unimaginable experience, so much relaxing. I stayed for more than an hour inside. It was very similar to the experiences I had when I had tried the floating tank. The floating tank is like a small pool that is like a chamber and the water has so much salt that you can be supinely and your head doesn’t drown, it floats. All the lights are closed and an hour inside it has amazing effects.
When I went out of the bath it was late so I just watched some episodes. At that time I couldn’t recognize how but I was feeling like I was transparent, I mean extremely light, empty. This was a very nice feeling, like I wasn’t carrying anything in me, nothing was inside me.
I went to sleep and also woke up with that feeling. I don’t know, it was the detoxification from the salt or the effects of fasting or maybe both? The sure thing is that I don’t remember ever feeling so light everywhere in my body, so much clean.
I didn’t sleep too many hours again, 7 but I think I could have slept more as I woke up due to the great vividness of a dream. Since I couldn’t fall asleep again I stood from the bed. I was feeling even better than the previous day. This was my 5th day of Water Fasting. I meditated for half hour as every morning. Sometime after that I sat on my laptop. I started writing. I wrote 1500 words with no stop and my fingers were going like an experienced secretary’s, this increased my enthusiasm. How much clarity of mind, how much energy and how much focus on what really matters to me with no junk existing!
After some hours in the late afternoon, I had the regular skype talk that I do with my friend Pan and we record every week. It’s in Greek and we call it Yining and Yanging. There we exchange several practical ideas about how we see life.
I was very happy to notice that all the time I was in a very good condition, I could talk for long like I wasn’t fasting, I could keep very well my focus and my energy was great. Afterwards I tried to go for a run, too. In there I can say I pressurized a bit myself, I went much slower than how I normally go and ran for less time than what I am used.
At night, strangely enough, I wasn’t feeling so tired. But maybe it was the first time that I felt my stomach protesting. It was purring much more frequently than any other day of my fasting. However, this was also expected to happen about the 5th day.
The only thing that concerns me is that I don’t sleep well these days, I sleep for very few hours. Today I slept fot only 5 and then I couldn’t fall asleep again. Maybe I have hypertension due to fasting, I hope the next days will be better.
Even though I was lacking sleep I started working on my laptop and this lasted for more than 3 hours. I could do some more but decided to rest. Because all these days I had forgotten a basic thing on my attempt to enjoy the existing energy although there was lack of food. That during fasting the best thing that you can do to yourself is to let it rest as much as possible in order for the detoxification and all the other processes described below to occur. The more you pressurize it the more hurdles you put to it.
So I rested for a few hours, had a small nap and came, here again, to complete the article and voice record the corresponding podcasts.
Benefits of Fasting
First to make clear that the human body is designed to go between two different stages. The times that there is a certain level of stress and times that there is relaxation. This means that we are not made to be all the time relaxed, this is unhealthy. A healthy organism is the one that maintains a healthy balance between these two let’s say conditions. This means that water fasting when induced appropriately at the time for inducing of stress and then when the time comes we will induce relaxation, it’s perfectly normal. Apart from that fasting promotes healthier response to stress. [ref]
So apart from that there are more clearer effects proven again and again by science. Fasting is a natural process anyway, imagine that in the human history, especially at time when people were in jungle food wasn’t all the time available. The human body has evolved to it. Furthermore, we even fast every night for several hours anyway except the ones that make attacks to the fridge during the night.
So what I have till know found about the helpful effects of water fasting:
- It boosts the process of Autophagy
As I mentioned in the article about the 4th day this is a cell recycling mechanism. During this process, the body targets malfunctioning cells and old tissues to optimize resources for survival. It destroys them through selective protection. [ref, ref]
- It boosts your metabolism in the long term.
Leptin known as the “satiety” hormone increases thyroid hormone production so an improvement in the sensitivity on leptin has the above effect. [ref]
- It improves your Satiety
As we said the hormone leptin influences how full you feel and during fasting you are becoming more responsive to leptin signals so you fill full easier. [ref]
- It influences positively the insulin sensitivity
- A decrease in Blood Sugar
- Improves Cardiovascular Health
Fasting improves cardiovascular function, blood composition, and blood pressure. Thus the people with type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol are expected to see amazing effects.[ref]
Fasting exerts a positive impact on the metabolic derangements commonly associated with cardiovascular diseases [ref]
- Protects Your Brain [ref]
- Reduces Harmful Protein Production
There are many proteins and metabolic products that provoke inflammation like inflammatory cytokines. During fasting not only does free radical damage and inflammatory cytokine production slow down, but protective cytokine production increases. [ref]
- Decreases Inflammation
Inflammation has many causes, but an unhealthy diet is a consistent source of free radicals and the foods that cause inflammation. Refined sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, meat, dairy, and fried or charred foods provoke inflammation. But food isn’t the only source—metabolic reactions also generate free radicals like superoxides and hydrogen peroxide. Foregoing a few meals prevents food-related inflammation before it even starts.[ref]
Another way that fasting decreases inflammation is through better hormone balance. Several studies have found lower insulin levels and improved insulin sensitivity decrease oxidative stress caused by free radicals. [ref, ref]
- Enhances Recovery from Injury [ref]
- Increases Resistance to Oxidative Stress
- You lose fat.
This is obvious but it also happens quicker than it would have happened just because of the decrease of calories. After a few days of lack of carbohydrates, the body enters the state of ketosis which is a more efficient use of the fat storages of the body. [ref, ref, ref]
- Helps the Collagen of the Skin to be Healthier
Blood sugar is weakening the strength and resilience of your skin so, as we said, since with fasting you drop the sugar very low you are also helping your skin’s quality. [ref]
- Improves Cognitive Performance [ref]
- Regenerates Stem Cells and Immune System
These exist throughout the body and are found in various tissues like the brain, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin and the liver. Evidence suggests that through water fasting, stem cells will shift from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. [ref]
- May Promote Longevity
- It even reduces cancer risk
This happens due to the two factors listed above: increased autophagy and reduced oxidative damage/inflammation.
Lastly, research also showed that water fasting may slow or halt the growth of tumors, as well as improve the effects of chemotherapy and reduce the side effects, making it potentially beneficial when combined with conventional cancer treatments. [ref]