February 18

The Benefits of a 3-Day Water Fast

Filed under Fasting & Cleansing, Raw Vegan Video Blog by Frederic Patenaude

I found that fasting is one of the very best ways to “reset the system” and get back on track on the path of ultimate health. I have found that a short 72-hour water fast is the very best way to kickstart your health whenever you’ve fallen off the wagon.

I found the short 3-day water fast to be great for:

– Going through a tough period of life when you have a lot on your mind (including handling difficult situations such as grief)
– Get back on track with the raw food diet
– Improve digestion
– Eliminate depression
– Eliminate short-term pains such as headaches, bad sleeping habits, etc.

Note: This is my personal experience. Not everyone can benefit from a short 3-day fast, and you should ask your licensed health practitioner if you have any doubt. Fasting is not advised for many health conditions. Ask your doctor first.

Enjoy this video where I talk more about the benefits of water fasting, and go through a three-day fast on the camera for you!

Notes from Video Blog:

– I have a correction to make. On the video I said that intermittent fasting extends life 40% more than calorie-restricted diets. I meant to say, extend the life more than on a 40% calorie-restricted diet. The studies I referred to can be found here and here.

25 Responses to “The Benefits of a 3-Day Water Fast”

  1. Thank you for this insightful information. I am transitioning into the Raw
    Food lifestyle, (In which I am enjoying) and I am going to attempt the 3 day water fast. I’m sure that I will benefit from this “flushing”….(blushing)

  2. Phil Bolsta says:

    Frederic, this came along at the perfect time. I’ve felt the need to do a water fast and was wondering how long I should go. I did a two-day water fast last fall and abandoned it after 48 hours. I am determined now to go 72 hours as you recommend; this length also seems intuitively right to me. Just one question: I was under the impression that a water fast would be much easier if you essentially stayed in bed and rested during it. You had recommended this for longer water fasts, like the one you did under the supervision of Dr. Doug Graham. In this video, however, you just warned not to be too active. Can you speak to this?

  3. Frederic Patenaude says:

    Hi Phil,

    This 3-day water fast is actually not a “real” fast in the sense that the body doesn’t enter the stage of ketosis. It won’t give you the same benefits as a supervised water fast in bed such as the ones supervised by http://www.tanglewoodwellnesscenter.com
    It’s mostly just a digestive rest. So whenever I do this I don’t worry about staying in bed all the time. It’s not the same thing as a long, supervised fast.

  4. Phil Bolsta says:

    Thank you for the response, Frederic. I can appreciate the logic but I found during my two-day water fast that I was far too weak for even light activity. Perhaps the next time will be different. But I am planning on lots of bed rest unless I feel more energy than I did the last time.

  5. Fer says:

    Thank you for your video
    However, could you please explain if it is possible to fast while doing the same work activities of a normal day?

    Fernando Vizza

  6. Hi Frederic,
    Thanks for the great video… you’ve challenged me to do one!

    My goal is to start tomorrow morning and go through the weekend.
    I’ll let you know the results…

    Many Blessings,
    Los Angeles, CA

  7. Elle says:

    loved the post! really interesting! i would love to hear more info about fasting…more about how to go about it, different lengths (1 day or 7 days and more) etc.
    also curious if you are at ALL for juice feasting or fasting…i know u prefer water.
    and do you agree with loren about having less calories than doug says?

  8. Joy says:

    EXCELLENT video, Frederic!! I really enjoyed it…the info was really good, too – thanks for doing it!

  9. Brenda says:

    Hi Frederic,
    Last year I did a three day water fast and felt quite light headed and nauseous. Definitely had to rest up. However, I was never hungry as I always take myself into a fast slowly and come out slowly (prepares the body for what’s to come)
    Briefly, day 1 would be only fruit,
    day 2 only fruit juice,
    day 3 Barleylife,
    3 day fast.
    1st day after fast would be Barleylife sipped throughout the day
    2nd day fruit juice mixed with water every 2 hours
    3rd day soft fruit (add carrot and celery juice if craving something
    I am currently on day 13 of a 14 day fast and it has really been relatively easy, although obviously the body detoxes. The first few days were a breeze this time, did need a lot more rest after that. I also started thinking about food I haven’t eaten in years (even though I wasn’t hungry).

    Anything over a three day fast should’t be undertaken without supervision.

  10. Thank you for this video, Frederic. It came in PERFECT timing as my body has been seriously craving a fast. Thank you!!!!!

  11. Holly says:

    Hi Fred, Thank you for sharing. What kind of water do you recommend for fasting? I’ve heard distilled is best, but then I’ve heard it’s “dead” water. What are your thoughts? Thank you for all you do. ~Holly

  12. Frederic Patenaude says:

    I recommend pure water, nothing more, nothing else. Reverse osmosis is my favorite method. Other purification methods work well. As for anyone who might want to sell you “structured” or “raw” or “living water”, keep in mind that those are just concepts with no scientific validity as to the actual alleged benefits. Purity is all we seek in water. Everything else is just hype.

  13. Carlos Huelma says:

    Hi! Fred,

    I am from the Philippines. I really appreciate the video. It is very timely. I am wondering how much water do we need to take for a day during the fast?


  14. Priyam says:

    Fred, could you tell me a bit more about the 3 days please? Is it 3 calendar days that you fast? or simply 72 hours? Thanks!

  15. Wonda says:

    I really would like to try the 3 day water fast. Maybe I will this weekend? I definitely could use a little “jumpstart” I have kinda been craving gluten grains. I’ve given in to those cravings and gotten sick as a result. So a fast is probably just what I need. Thx Fred.

  16. Frederic Patenaude says:

    It’s 72 hours, approximately. Not three calendar days.

  17. Christa says:

    Hello Fred,
    I loved the video about fasting and also Loren’s video from Tanglewood. I’d like to find out more info but their website is down? Is this the right website, cuz it doesn’t open: http://www.tanglewoodwellnesscenter.com
    Thanks a lot!

    P.S. I’d be interested on going on a fasting tour for one week somewhere if it’s really low cost, I’m very tight but I really need to do something immediately…

  18. Priyam says:

    Cool – thanks, Fred! I’ll post when I do my fast.

  19. Danise says:

    If you’re not eating, how are the eliminative organs going to be stimulated? I want to do a fast because I have been constipated. Will a fast help that or do you recommend doing enemas?

  20. Frederic Patenaude says:

    I would recommend that you study the Natural Hygiene view of fasting. For example “Fasting Can Save Your Life” by Herbert Shelton. Stimulation is just what we want to avoid during a fast. Enemas are definitely not recommended. However keep in mind that a three day water fast is not the same as a long-term fast.

  21. Bela says:

    Hello Fred,
    You are so right about 2nd day being the hardest. I started out with 3 day fasting and the 2nd day came and i just couldn’t go through with it. The orange in front of me was so tempting and when I ate it tasted out of this world. But you inspired me to retry the fasting. Thanks.

  22. bonnie says:

    I fast regularly, but recently did a two day fast and ended up having my 1st seizure -was a bit too active I think and did not drink enough. Any way the ambulance was called and I was sent to hospital. This was the most scary experience i had my life past before me, i couldn’t speak properly or control my self from shaking and it wasn’t until a few hours later that I started to feel alive again when i was actually given some water, so I urge everyone to take care and take the right steps when fasting or do so supervised.

    From someone who loved to fast but now too afraid too.

  23. Vlada says:

    Hi Frederic, it amazes me how well you tune into your audience! Quite a few people here mentioned that they were about to start a water fast, and I am one of them. I find it a little harder to do during winter though. My longest water fast (14 days) was done in Russia a few years ago, and it was in February, the coldest time of the year… Brrrrr! Thanks God, I live in Florida now, and even though we are having an exceptionally cold winter this year, it is still not as near as cold as in Russia. Personally, I find it easier to fast when the weather is warm and sunny, especially during summertime here in Florida. Then I feel like eating lighter and consuming less food naturally. Anyways, just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me to go on a short water fast sometime soon, and keep your videos coming!

  24. Nanette says:

    This is new for me, Frederic. I was interested to see that you suggest it during difficult times. Thanks for all the info. also through the comments. Getting off now to the start.

  25. Guylaine says:

    Thanks for the great video. I think I’m due for a fast. That’s just what I needed to get me started. šŸ™‚

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