There are a lot of side effects of fasting due to the range of physiological changes that take place in the body. These include headaches, nausea and muscle aches. Each of us responds differently to detoxification, depending on the levels of toxicity in the body. You may become sick after getting on to a fast or you may be energized and renewed.
These reactions soon give way to a sense of well-being and clarity of mind. You no longer feel hungry after the first day has passed, but if you aren’t careful, you might develop serious complications in the long term. A change in the eating pattern without arranging for any adjustment to the dosage and timing of insulin can lead to a deterioration of glycemic control.
The hazards of fasting can be intensified if you have long periods of abstinence from water or liquids, as in water fast. You are sure to lose weight resulting in nutritional deficiencies, a feeling of weakness, and can suffer muscle cramps due to mineral deficits such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Your blood pressure could drop, leading to fainting spells especially when you try to sit up or stand after lying down. Your uric acid levels may rise, causing severe attacks of gout or a uric acid kidney stone.
Some people have experienced hormonal changes, with the thyroid hormone level falling, but rising again due to protein-sparing ketosis. However, female hormone levels fall, due to protein malnutrition, due to a loss of menstrual flow.
Cardiac problems occur very easily as do deaths due to serious ventricular arrhythmias, experienced usually during long water fasts. This is also due to your using powders for indefinite periods, but the risk is lowered if you get on to a juice fast. You can protect yourself from the problems of fasting by having thorough physical exams such as blood tests and electrocardiograms at various stages along the course of the program.
You might make certain life changes after finishing a fast, such as getting a new job, taking a divorce, or other such major moves. It is said that fasting urges you to do something new. It brings about self-realization and change, makes us see our true potential, and gives us a new focus in a new direction rather than show us where we have been all along.
During fasting transitions, people usually question aspects of their lives and make new plans for the future. They grow sensitive to their job, mate, home, etc. Even though the insights that you face may be overwhelming and may shake the foundations on which you stand, they will ultimately be positive as they help us follow our true nature and achieve our innermost goals.