36-hour dry fast

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  1. Hello, I’m intrigued with the idea of dry fasting. My wife asked what the possibilities of getting kidney stones were if a person didn’t take in water to flush out toxins.
    I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.


    1. It’s a thought which crossed my mind too, before starting to practise dry fasting… First of all, I’d stress again that you should think about dry fasting only if you already feel comfortable with longer water fasts (a week or longer) – thus ensuring that your body already has a relatively low level of toxicity to it. Otherwise, here are my thoughts:
      1. Most kidney stones are a caused by calcium salts or uric acid crystalising – this has nothing to do with the toxins being released through fasting.
      2. Crystalisation may indeed be related to dehydration and low urine output, but it seems more likely to me that this would be a chronic process taking place over the course of months and years rather than hours and days. Crystals simply need time to build up – stalagmites in caves, for instance, take millions of years to build up…
      3. Dehydration – thus causing the low urine output mentioned in (2) – should not be an issue with shorter water fasts (anything less than 3-5 days), given that your body produces water through ketosis. If you find that you’re not producing a slow but steady amount of urine during your fast, then you should stop the dry fast. In this respect, I’ve documented my own experiences here on the website. If your body isn’t producing urine, then it’s a sign that your body is already chronically dehydrated (through bad diet and/or heavy toxin build-up over the course of your life) – again, something which is has nothing to do with the dry fast itself!
      4. For what it’s worth, I’ve never heard of or read about kidney stones caused by dry fasting.
      There’s so much fear surrounding dry fasts – and it’s especially difficult for those around us when we decide to experiment with the practice. I’d recommend starting slowly, with something that causes less fear to your family (and possibly yourself too :-)). Even if you yourself don’t feel any angst, it’s a whole lot harder to fast when you’re surrounded by and subsumed in the fear of others. Why not try a 24-hour dry fast first? If your wife sees that you don’t suddenly develop a kidney stone after 24 hours, then it’ll probably be easier for her to accept a 36-hour fast next time. And in any case, it never hurts to walk before you run!


      1. Hello, how are you?
        Thank you for replying. I’m excited to try dry fasting. But I need to work on water fasting some more. My only water fast was 7 days, I really enjoyed it.
        I’ve read many people’s claims that with water fasting, eventually the body begins to repair itself from beginning of a water fast to the signal of true hunger.
        I wonder if the body would repair itself during a dry fast.
        What are your thoughts?



  2. Good idea to wait until you have a little more experience with water fasting – but the fact that your first 7-day experience went so smoothly is a really good sign!
    I’d say that it’s definitely more than just peoples’ “claims” that the body heals itself through fasting. There’s oodles and oodles of evidence. It’s just that Big Pharma doesn’t stand to make a profit by promoting fasting as a health modality. So it’s not widely advertised. I myself, for instance, accidentally cured myself of years’ long sinusitis over the course of two week-long water fasts separated by six months. I didn’t even realise what was happening at the time. What a dope! It’s amazing to go through a healing crisis and then be truly free from illness.
    There’s no question that dry fasting can do the same.
    After Chernobyl, Dr. Filonov even talks about dry fasting as the only means to heal the worst cases of radiation poisoning. He also applies dry fasting as a method of curing to other serious diseases, including cancer.


    1. Nice article. But as a Muslim, who dry fasted from a child ( we start off with partial days) I would disagree with this idea that one has to be used to water fasting to dry fast. For many people, even those who start later in life.. dry fasting is actually a lot easier than the water fasting because you are still having to digest the water. So the stomach is stimulated and this can cause even more hunger or cravings.

      I have dry fasted up to five days and on the fifth day carried up many gallons of water up to my apartment ( the elevator was out) without any problems. So I think that if a person prays on it, or is called to dry fast, they should go ahead and try it. Or perhaps do a partial dry and break with water and continue dry.

      That’s my two cents.

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      1. Thanks for your thoughts and feedback. I’d say you hit the nail on the head in describing your own experiences: dry fasting should be no problem, especially if you’ve grown up with it, because (1) regular fasting means that on a physical level you’ve never accumulated a large quantity of toxins and (2) emotionally/psychologically you’re completely at home with the idea. I also agree with you about it being potentially easier for other people too. Increasingly, when I plan on doing short-ish water fasts myself, I find them evolving into dry fasts because I don’t feel the need to drink.

        Having said all this, though, it’s also a fact that many people who’ve followed a standard Western diet unload their toxins too quickly if they dry-fast without any other previous fasting experience, causing headaches, nausea and other unpleasant symptoms. Along with this, if there’s an element of fear involved, this only makes the physical symptoms worse. If you pray on it, though, and put your faith in God as you do, it all goes much more smoothly.

        If you feel called to dry-fast, then a short one certainly won’t kill you. I suggest water-fasting before venturing into dry fasts simply in order to err on the side of caution.


  3. Hi just wondering how long u waited to get back into strenuous exercise after the fast?

    Im unsure if lifting heavy weights 12 hours after the fast is okay or even running?


    1. After 36 hours, it shouldn’t take long to adjust back to your usual routine. For me the only thing I’ve noticed is a bit of stiffening in the muscles if I try to run too far the next day, probably because I’ve not fully re-hydrated deeply enough on a cellular level. I suppose lifting heavy weights might also lead to a similar sense of tightening. In any case, your body will let you know if there are any after-effects. Just respect that, and I’m sure you’ll be fine. By the second day, I never notice any limitations from the fast.


  4. Hi Tallis, thank you for sharing your account of dry fasting. I too just finished my first 36 hour dry fast, and I loved it! I have experience with water fasting, but during my last water fast my kidneys started hurting on day 5. I cut the water fast short, and started to focus on consciously supporting my kidneys. During the dry fast I jumped into ketosis pretty quickly and experienced great energy. The only issue I ran into was that my urine was discolored and it was painful to pass right before I went to bed. I’m taking this as a sign that I still need to support detoxing my kidneys. I am interested to hear your journey with longer dry fasts.
    Peace and health to you and your family!


    1. Hi,
      I find kidneys can often ache during both water and dry fasts, both in terms of my own experience as well as that in guiding others. What you say about getting more quickly into ketosis during your recent dry fast sounds familiar, and it corresponds with general opinion too. It’s totally normal for urine to darken during a dry fast, but pain is always a warning sign!
      If I were you, I’d continue in the future with water and dry fasts of similar lengths to the ones you described in your comment, lengthening their duration (if you feel the need to do so) ONLY when your kidneys no longer bother you.
      Peace and health to you too :-),


  5. I just went for my first dry fast, my first fast really, I haven’t done any other type ever before. I read that a one day dry fast can be as good as a three day water fast, so I went with it. I did 30 hours without food and water, about 36 without food. By the end I felt very weak, like a flu, but now I’m feeling much better, I ate a pear and a banana, of course, water too. I’m not sure if I burned toxines, I hope so. My experience with peeing and the saliva went similar as you describe, that’s all I know.


  6. Hello! I have been trying a few 36 hour dry fasting on My own without any concern. Was inspired when I met Anna from Ukraine . Now I wonder if there is anywhere in the world where longer dry fast retreats are held where English is partly spoken. Ulrika


    1. Hi Ulrika,
      Sorry about the delay in answering. I’ve been away over the holidays. I don’t know how long you were thinking of fasting, but I myself hold retreats which allow for a dry fast of up to 3.5 days: https://dryfasting.org/front/dry-fasting-retreats/. Other than this, the only retreats I know of are in Ukraine and Russia, with only the local language spoken.
      Glad all has gone smoothly for you so far in your own dry-fasting adventures :-). There’s definitely a big difference, though, between 36 hours of dry fasting and what follows. In a way, it’s only with the second full day that the cleansing of dry fasting really kicks in with full impact, and this can feel quite tough especially the first few times you do it.


  7. I’m wanting to fast for 72hrs and would like for part of that time to be a dry fast. Would it be better to start the first half as a dry fast and then start drinking water? Or drink water the first half and dry fast the last part of the fast. I’ve fasted several times now, this won’t be my first. Thanks!!


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