Intermittent Fasting

How to Break a Prolonged Fast & Refeeding

Understanding Refeeding Syndrome After Prolonged Fasting

Prolonged fasting (4-7+ days) carries the risk of refeeding syndrome, a rare but potentially serious condition. This occurs when your body rapidly shifts nutrients from the bloodstream into cells, especially if you were already nutrient deficient before the fast.

Why It Happens: Pre-existing nutrient deficiencies worsen during a fast. When you suddenly reintroduce food, your body can experience dangerous imbalances. People with known vitamin deficiencies should avoid prolonged fasting.

Prevention is Key: During a prolonged fast, it's crucial to supplement with vitamins, electrolytes, and sea salt. This helps maintain balance and won't break your fast.

Breaking Your Fast Safely: Ease back into eating slowly with keto-friendly foods. Avoid carbohydrates, sugars, and non-keto foods, as they can worsen nutrient depletion. Start with small portions and gradually increase as your body adjusts.

Important: If you have any underlying health conditions, always consult your doctor before starting a prolonged fast.

Last updated: Apr 10, 2024 15:35 PM