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Fasting as a challenge during Ramadan, but no water or any other liquid?

Discussion in 'Fasting' started by charlie000, May 7, 2019.

  1. charlie000

    charlie000 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a really good Muslim friend, and I told him I was interested in fasting for a better health and he told me about Ramadan. Muslims do not eat or drink between before Sunrise and at Sunset.

    In the UK the timings are around 0330 - 2045 and adjust by two mins both ways everyday. So for example, it will change to 0332 - 2047 and so on.

    The idea is not to eat or drink during these hours. Muslims do it for spiritual and health reasons. I'm doing it as a challenge to see where I get to after 30 days.

    Some members on here have said no liquids is a really bad idea. I fail to understand why, because, I have around 2-3L of water before I begin my fast, and some nuts.

    Why is no water bad?
     
  2. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Because here in Australia you will dehydrate and die... :***:
     
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  3. charlie000

    charlie000 · Well-Known Member

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    I am in the UK. Can you really dehydrate and die from no water all day? I mean, I have 2-3L of water by the time I am in bed.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Your body excretes nearly that amount each day so you have to replenish it during the day.
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    millions and millions of Muslims do this, in all part of the world, for a month. I cant see the problem as long as you make sure you are drinking enough during the hours of night. And not drinking the whole 2-3 litres in one go.
     
  6. charlie000

    charlie000 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, gradually 2-3 litres through the night.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    And you are supposed to have enough food to sustain the fast. People do longer fasts - multiple days but I have never heard of anyone doing dry fasts for health benefits alone. Religious fasting is different and the Muslim fasting period involves far more than just food intake. There are those who can be exempt from fasting and for good reasons.
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    as i understand it, the OP says he is only fasting from food and drink for around 17 hours a day. @charlie000
     
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    The max I do is 20 hours. Before I did 20 but with water this time it’s 20 without water and food.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    So, what are the health benefits/risks of going without fluids for 20 hours per day?
     
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    charlie000 · Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know.
     
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    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can't see anywhere on your profile page what type of diabetes you have or what medication you are taking if any @charlie000 - it is difficult to give advice with such little information.

    Also if you don't know the benefits/risks of not drinking why are you doing it? just curious
     
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    charlie000 · Well-Known Member

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    I am not a diagnosed diabetic and I think I am pretty diabetic awaiting hba1c. I take no medication
     
  15. Brunneria

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    Hi @charlie000,

    If you complete the Personal Details section of your profile, then people won’t have to keep asking you your diabetic status and meds to understand your situation.

    You can update the Details later, when/if you get a diagnosis.
     
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  16. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks :) - maybe fasting food wise would be ok, not drinking and getting dehydrated can be bad for your kidneys or make us more susceptible to water infections- as you are waiting diagnosis and are not sure wether you are have diabetes but think you may have I'm presuming you have been testing with a meter and have had some numbers to cause you concern, in my opinion I think it's a bad idea to not drink, you don't know if you have any hidden complications or damage from high numbers, kidney function being one of them, for me it wouldn't be worth the risk
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    May I ask why you think you're diabetic?
     
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    When I went to hospital I kept on getting high finger prick readings, and then the hospital doctor said my HBA1C was 105. But this can't be found in any other tests, just on the discharge letter
     
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    Replenish yourself in the non fasting time. This will be sufficient for the fasting time. After a few days, your body will get used to it. That’s what I’ve seen.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Perhaps you too would like to fill in your details on your profile page?
     
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