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.



Fasting is very popular among Jains and as a part of festivals. Most Jains fast at special times such as birthdays, anniversaries, during festivals, and on holy days. Jains maintain a strict water-only fast for 8 to 10 days, during the days of Paryushan.[citation needed]

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  • 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 14681711.