Fasting Complications What Are The Complications Encountered During Fasting?

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Published: 19th January 2011
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Although fasting is believed to be a natural and most effective way to cleanse the body system from toxins, it holds certain side effects and complications. These fasting complications encountered during fasting can only be prevented by performing the fasting in a most careful manner.

Some fasting complications may be less common and harmless while some may be very serious. This article covers all the possible complications encountered during fasting. Headache, weakness, muscle pain, dizziness, etc are the common and less serious complications. But, when these complications cross their limits, they turn out to be dangerous.

Headache: Headache is one of the common complications experienced by people who fast for the first time. This is generally observed at the beginning of the fast for those who have not maintained a strict diet before fasting.

Fever and Chills: This is usually a part of fasting process because many metabolic changes take place during fasting. The severity of this complication depends on the physical make-up and health of the body.

Dizziness: This arises during long-term fasting. People who have the habit of smoking and still continue during the fast experience dizziness and loss of consciousness. Fasting and smoking are inconsistent things and may lead to dangerous consequences.

Muscle Pain: It is observed during the entire fasting period. The muscle pain occurs as a effect of inactive muscle exchange process during the fasting period. Thus, one should not indulge in any physical activity during fasting.

Unpleasant Smell Of The Body: This is also one of the common complication encountered during fasting. The unpleasant smell may be either in the mouth or the body. It may be due to dryness of the tongue and can even appear from the disintegrating fat molecules while moving along the bloodstream.

Sleep Disturbance: Some people may have less or no sleep during the fast while some others have increased strongsleep.

Weakness: It is a less serious complication, but in certain cases it can be dangerous. It causes the person to break the fast as early as possible. Incessant severe weakness is the most dangerous fasting complications which needs immediate medical attention.

Erratic pulse or Palpitations: In some cases, erratic pulse or palpitations can be a very serious complication. Erratic pulse is the irregular heartbeat that lasts for shorter periods. This can be lethal if immediate medical attention is not taken.

Urine Retention: This is a less common complication that occurs due to insufficient water consumption during fasting. But, this cannot be considered as the only cause for urine retention. The only best way to reduce this complication is to introduce a catheter.

Breathing Difficulty: This is a very rare complication that can happen only when the person is not keeping good health related with any other condition.

Delirium: This is a neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by acute confusion state. It can develop when large quantities of nerve paralyzing medications are taken before fasting. But, this complication stays only for a short duration.

Ortostatical Collapse (syncope): This is a condition where in there is a temporary loss of consciousness and this complication arises in people suffering from muscle weakness (hyptonia). If this is the condition, the person should be made to lie in a horizontal posture with legs up, ensure flow of fresh air and put an absorbent cotton immersed in liquid ammonia under the nose.

Ketoacidose: About 2 5% people suffer from this metabolic disorder during fasting. This complication is associated with sickness, vertigo (dizziness), general weakness and vomiting. One need to take alkaline mineral water to prevent this complication and if no relief is found, fasting should be dropped.

Convulsions: This is a very rare complication that arises when people perform long-term fasting. Convulsions of fingers and calf muscles develop due to shifting of water and electrolytes during fasting.

Malignant arrhythmias (unstable angina):- This is a very rare fasting complication associated with pains in the heart region and abnormal heartbeat. People who are susceptible to these disorders should avoid performing long-term fasting. In this situation, fractional fasting can be done.

"Food Overload" Syndrome: This fasting complication is encountered during the first 3 5 days after breaking the fast. This can happen when recommended food regimen and the ratios are not done intact. Food overload syndrome causes vomiting, sickness, stool disorder and overloading in epigastry.

Salt o edema: This complication is encountered after breaking the fast when the recommended diet is not maintained and foods like salt, butter, cheese and herring fish are taken. It is accompanied by headache, swelling under eyes, increase in body mass weight and weakness. Avoiding salt and salt products help to prevent this complication.

The above mentioned fasting complications include both common and rare complications that may be either harmful or dangerous. Thus. to have a safe fasting without any of these complications, perform the fasting with utmost care and prescribed guidelines.

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