There are a few different ways to go about a water fast. You can fast for a set number of hours during the day or night or you can do a water-only fast where you only drink water for an entire day. If you choose to fast for a set number of hours during the day, you can choose to sacrifice breakfast, lunch or dinner and instead of eating food during that time you replace your meal with water. If you choose to do a water only fast for an entire day make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and drink twice as much water as you normally would. Water that contains electrolytes like Smart Water helps with hydration. Stay away from drinks that contain sugar like Gatorade.
Although the benefits of a water fast are great, it is important to maintain your health while fasting. Water fasting for a stretch of time slows down the metabolism and Naturopathic Concierge Physician Dr. M. Samm Pryce recommends not to fast longer than three days at a time. How you end your fast is just as important as how you begin it. Dr. Pryce also recommends to end your fast drinking freshly squeezed juices, broth and soup for one to two days afterwards.