When To Stop Fasting? Warning Symptoms To Watch

You will have your goal to continue fasting for a particular time period. But from a health point of view, if you are experiencing certain warning signals, it is better to stop fasting.  If neglected, fasting may go wrong, leading to severe complications like low levels of sugar and salts in blood, dehydration etc. 

When To Stop Fasting? 

Dizziness – Dizziness suggests that the brain is getting deprived of glucose. It means you should stop fasting immediately or at least shift to juice fasting.
Feeling like fainting – Means body can no more go on without the supply of food.

Vomiting – Suggests towards gastric irritation, electrolyte imbalance in the body. A definite sign to stop fasting.

Diarrhoea – It may happen if you have chosen the wrong fruit or juice for fasting. Or if the quality of food or drink that you took while fasting was not good. If neglected, it may lead to severe electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Hence better to stop fasting.

Severe burning sensation in stomach – Usual symptom in gastritis. Hence people with gastritis should always exercise extra caution before taking up fasting.

Worsening of disease symptoms - like Asthma (wrong juice selection), constipation, cold and cough, etc – This may happen due to selection of wrong juice or fruit. Usually fruits that are cold in nature are best avoided by people who are prone to respiratory conditions.

Sudden need for excess physical activity like travel – Taking good rest is one of the ideal things to do while fasting. But suddenly due to work or other reasons, if you have to take up excessive physical activity, consider stopping fasting.

Onset of periods in ladies – Ladies usually will have less physical power during periods. According to Ayurveda, fasting, excessive physical activities during periods leads to increase of Vata, hence not good to continue fasting during periods.

Chest pain, stomach pain, abdominal pain – All suggests you to stop fasting.
If you are doing fasting for spiritual benefits, many tend to push themselves to the limits. But such a practice is not encouraged, because health is the greatest gift of God.

So, live today, fight tomorrow. Stop fasting for now. Do it again, with better preparation and precaution, after consulting your doctor.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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