There are not many things that your body can go a long time without; like air. But one person set a new record in 2012 by holding his breath for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. The second thing would be water. So, how long can someone go without water?
The Guinness Book of World Record says that On 1 April 1979, an 18-year-old was put into custody in a holding cell and completely forgotten about by the three policemen responsible for him. Each of them thought that the two others had already freed Mihavecz. Since his cell lay in the basement nobody could hear his screams. By April 19th (18 days later) an officer who had unrelated business in the basement opened his cell and he was finally freed. He lost 53 pounds of bodyweight.
DRY FASTING IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND ALSO DANGEROUS!
Dry fasting was much tougher than my previous 48 hour wet/water fast. In the first 24 hours I experienced extreme thirst and the next 24 hours weren’t getting any better. The act of not drinking anything was really tough. The difference between a water fast is that you are still able to consume water which does help with satiating your hunger. With a dry fast there is still a desire to consume something; anything. Some of that is mental and possibly even a survival instinct.
Fasting is now part of my new regiment. I do a prolonged fast every quarter of the year for the health benefits associated with fasting. My first quarter experience with fasting was a 72 hour water fast and the last 24 hours of the water fast I decided last minute to dry fast. I will say that did not end well. Dry fasting is really hard if you’ve never attempted it before. My advice; start with water fasting and after a couple of experiences then and only then should you attempt dry fasting for the first time.
Why do I dry fast? The benefits are incredible.
One of the things that I experienced prior to my dry fast is that I increased my water intake and by doing so I realized that I had more muscle pains and joint aches. My conclusion is that the extra water may have lowered my sodium levels contributing to my inflammation. During my dry fasting I experienced no aches and pains which helped me realize that I need to increase my sodium intake or decrease my water intake and find a balance.