Strict dry fasting is not having any water, no washing hands, no mouth washes etc. And especially of course no water. I have done the no washing bit- hell I've gone for a week or more without showering before so that's not a huge deal, more of a problem for the people around me! lol I can't go without brushing my teeth though, the acid in my system while it detox's demands a daily brush of the teeth. And actually after my recent fasts I have just noticed in the last few days the yellow stains have disappeared for the first time in I don't know how long!
Anyway back to dry fasting. It is said that it is three times more efficient in detoxing the body as a water fast. I can atest to that personally. My recent fasts have been:
5 days dry fast, 2.5 days fruit to rehydrate.
14 days water fast, 7 days raw fruit, 7 days raw fruit and raw salads with 10% cooked foods added.
7 days dry fast, 6 days raw fruit and salads.
6 days dry fast, 6 days raw fruit and salads.
6 days dry fast immediately followed by water fast and now on my 11th day.
I can tell you given the choice I would stay water free the whole time. Water seems to stir things up terribly and give me heartburn, nausea and make me exhausted compared to dry fasting.
Another thing about dry fasting is the increased energy even compared with water fasting. You need less sleep, sometimes hardly any at all. And as an example of the energy I ran 8-10 kilometres two of the days of this recent dry fast and two other days I did upper body workouts. The difference between the two types of fasting is quite striking.
Having said that I don't think of them as different types of fasting. I think that I am following the same principles of fasting all the way through. I drink as much water as I need. I drink more water when it's hot or other conditions demand it, and no water when I don't need it.
I have been experimenting with this for several years though. If you're interested in finding out more google 'dry fasting'. It is suggested to fast for up to 36 hours for your first dry fast as this is supposed to be a 'safe' time to go without water. And depending on the weather/climate most can go up to three days as a rule of thumb. But you always need to be prepared to break the fast if you have any signs that your body is in need of water, especially during your first dry fasts. Such signs can be parched mouth, dry skin, things like that. As I said during my dry fasts I have felt no thirst at all until I have felt the need to break the fast and drink. Even while I was running around the streets with my mouth open obviously losing plenty of fluids there was no need or desire for water.
It is an awesome way of fasting in my opinion, the ultimate if you like. It rightly deserves more caution, but does not deserve fear. Looking back at the animal kingdom as we often do when comparing our need to fast, an animal that fasts to repair a serious injury does not jog off to get a drink at the water hole every day, they stay put until the body has had it's best chance of healing the damage, even if that takes a week or more.
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