The Info List - Water Fasting

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Water fasting is a type of fasting in which the practitioner consumes only water. One may water fast for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious requirements.


1 Religious requirement

1.1 Jainism 1.2 Roman Catholicism

2 See also 3 References 4 Further reading

Religious requirement[edit] Jainism[edit] Main article: Fasting
in Jainism Jains maintain a strict water-only fast for 8 to 10 (digambar & Swetambar) days, during the days of Paryushan. Roman Catholicism[edit] Main article: Fasting
and abstinence in the Catholic Church Roman Catholics must engage in the eucharistic fast,[citation needed] which is a water fast before receiving the Eucharist
during the Mass. While no nutritional or caloric sustenance is permitted, practitioners may take medicine if required, and those whose health problems impede them from taking part in the fast are dispensed of the obligation. Up until the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, this fast was required from the previous midnight, as it is in various Orthodox Churches. However, under Pope Paul VI, the obligatory fast was reduced to only one hour before receiving the Eucharist. The Catholic Church has also promoted a Black Fast, in which in addition to water, bread is consumed. Typically, this form of fasting was only used by monks and other religious individuals who practice mortifications and asceticism, but all Catholics are invited to take part in it with the advice and consent of their spiritual director. See also[edit]

Juice fasting Calorie restriction Intermittent fasting


Further reading[edit]

Leiper JB, Molla AM, Molla AM (2003). "Effects on health of fluid restriction during fasting in Ramadan". Eur J Clin Nutr (Review). 57 Suppl 2: S30–8. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601899. PMID