5th day of Water Fasting
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Today I had a Oh no! Experience. I was sitting on the floor and got up really fast, and instantly I said to myself : ‘What have I done !!!’ I knew I shoudn’t have done that so I put my hand on the wall, expecting something to happen, and it did ! I felt dizzy and blacked out for a few seconds, lost awareness as I was slowly kneeling to the floor. It didn’t last long, but whoa was it ever something ! Luckily a guardian angel walked into the room, just at the right time, and she stayed with me for 10 minutes. I breathed deeply in and everything came back to normal. Pfew ! Here’s why it happened.
Fasting blackouts and dizziness are common on water fasts over 5 days. The dizziness and weakness are due to increased levels of toxins circulating in the blood and from low blood sugar and lowered blood pressure. During water fasting the body conserves energy and slows all the organs including the heart. There is less blood sugar to feed the muscles and so the organs labor as a mountain climber in high altitudes. Due to these factors, blood pressure is lower and when you stand the blood pools in the legs. The head which is the highest part has a period of no blood pressure. This last until the body can rebalanced. The effect is not harmful unless you fall and hit the floor. The blood sugar does reestablish a new equilibrium in the second and third week and then the dizziness may cease.
Getting up : It always takes more time for the blood to reach the head because everything has slowed down, including the rate of the heart beat, so blood pressure probably has dropped. When you want to get up breathe deeply a few time before standing from a resting position, stand up very slowly, moving from a lying to a sitting position, pausing there for ten or twenty seconds, and then rising slowly to a standing position. The trick is to lower your body’s center of gravity to balance your blood pressure and get blood back to the brain. If you black out get down on one knee, put your head between your knees so that the head is lower than the heart, or squat/sit down on the floor.
‘Angélique 1734’, Guy Giard et Tania Faye, 2002
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