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ANJ 064 - Digestion Series - Diarrhea After Fasting
Nov 3 15
Breaking a Fast too suddenly can result in extreme stomach pains and diarrhea. Therefore it is incredibly important that you break the fast as gently as possible. If you don't you could experience serious diarrhea after fasting.
How you break the fast and what foods you consume when breaking the fast is of utmost importance.
When you are fasting you are also cleaning out the toxins and sludge that are within your intestines. All of this sludge will come out upon reactivating the digestive system. When you are fasting your digestive system becomes lazy as it is not required to digest food. So upon eating your first real meal you are reactivating this digestive tract, causing peristalsis and therefore eliminating all of this sludge and undigested foods immediately.
Breaking the fast by consuming too heavy a meal can contribute to serious cramping and diarrhea. Start off breaking your fast by consuming something light such as broth or a protein shake.
Unfortunately if you are doing a long fast (over 24 hours) there is little you can do about preventing the diarrhea apart from ensuring you are near the toilet within an hour of your first main meal. Also make sure that you warn your family or housemates not to enter the toilet within at least a couple of hours of you going as it may not be a pleasant experience.
But don’t be discouraged because the more fasts you do the easier it becomes. After the 2nd or 3rd fast you will find that your digestive system is more attuned to fasting and therefore the chances of post fast diarrhea will also lessen.
Although it doesn’t sound pleasant rest assured that it is your body’s way of cleansing the system and the benefits associated with the fasting a