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How Can I Make the Fast Easier?

How Can I Make the Fast Easier?


Going without food for 24 hours is not a major stress for the body. Dehydration, however, is what causes that sense of weakness associated with the fast. Dehydration can also cause high blood pressure. You can avoid dehydration by taking these simple precautions before the fast:

  1. Drink plenty of liquids during the two days before the fast.
  2. Avoid salty foods, alcohol, coffee and any other substances that your body needs to wash out.
  3. Avoid excessive consumption of heavy proteins, such as meat and cheese.
  4. Take an anti-inflammatory just before the fast, such as Aspirin, Advil or Aleve. (Tylenol is an analgesic but not an anti-inflammatory). If you are pregnant, nursing or taking other medications, consult a doctor about this.
  5. Avoid high temperatures.

If you are not feeling well, you should consult with your rabbi about how to proceed. Click here for more information on this topic.

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Anonymous Liverpool, UK via September 11, 2013

Making the fast easier I just want to draw your attention to the suggestion you made about taking anti-inflammatory before fasting.
Anti-inflamatory products should not be taken as they could be the cause of strokes and a doctor should e consulted regarding this.

As far as I am aware,aspirin is OK if permitted, Reply

Reb Zisha Boston, MA September 24, 2012

Contradictory advice :) Instead... Another "fast advice" article on specifically recommends protein for the pre-fast meal. I'll repeat a bit of what I commented there:

I have used this method since I heard it from Rabbi Israel directly 20 years ago, and not to brag, and bli ayin ha-ra, I do not have problems fasting. Maybe a little pang as a good reminder, but that's it.

G'mar tov! Reply

sulayman london, england July 22, 2012

i am a muslim but i found your answer good so thank-you Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman August 10, 2011

Re: Why take anti-inflammatory? For that, I'll need a doctor to explain. I just rely on those doctors who have told me that less tissue inflammation means less need of water. Reply

Rebecca Long Beach August 9, 2011

Re: Why take anti-inflammatory? Please explain further. I don't understand how an anti-inflammatory could reduce dehydration. Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman August 9, 2011

Re: Why take anti-inflammatory? The body requires less liquid. Most of the weakness from a fast is from dehydration. Reply

Rebecca Long Beach August 8, 2011

Why take anti-inflammatory? What is the purpose of taking an anti-inflammatory just before the fast? I've never heard of this before.

I read SOMEWHERE to drink water with sugar dissolved in it on the day preceding the fast. Believe it or not, this helps! With regular water, I get so dry during my fast that I cough so much that it puts me into an asthmatic episode. (And therefore I must drink water, so as not to endanger my heaklth). If I drink sugar water the afternoon before the fast, I'm still dry, but it's tolerable. Reply

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