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Your Body Might Resist the Daniel Fast

While the Daniel Fast will certainly benefit you physically, your body may do some kickin’ and screamin’ during the first few days! So don’t be alarmed if you experience light headaches, hunger pangs, or slight weakness.  Your body might release an “unpleasant aroma,” both through the pores and your breath.

However, if you experience anything more severe, you will want to contact your health professional as it may be from another cause.

Remember, unless you already eat a healthy diet with little or no caffeine or other addicting substances, your body will experience a certain level of withdrawal and detoxification. There are a few things you can do to minimize the side effects.

Vitamin C – an antioxidant that supports detox. It may also help to decrease some of the side effects of the Fast, such as mild headaches.

Lemon – Lemon supports liver cleansing and is also refreshing to your mouth. Add lemon juice to salad dressings and include lemon slices in some of your water.

Dry Skin – Using a body brush in the shower will help eliminate the dry flakes and actually promote blood flow.

Water – Keeping well-hydrated has many benefits including flushing your body and reducing the physical feelings of hunger.

Meanwhile, the withdrawal and detoxification symptoms should pass in a few days. Even your level of hunger will subside after your body becomes more accustomed to few calories and less food consumption.

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  1. Daniel Fast Team #

    Alida, this sounds a bit extreme for detox symptoms. Keep your eye on it, increase your water intake and if medication is necessary take it as needed during the fast. If the discomfort increases or does not subside after the day 10 or so, go see your health care provider. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

    January 31, 2014
  2. Marisca #

    my mom and i are currently doing the Daniel fast, and we both enjoy our coffee, now we suffer from bad headaches, causing us to take pain killers. so wont it be better if we for example have 2 – 3 cups coffee a day instead of taking pills the whole time. By limiting the coffee each week one can give up a cup . i’m working and falling asleep in front of my computer and my focus is way off and making stupid mistakes is not scoring points by my bosses. or do you have any solutions please.

    February 3, 2014
  3. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Marisca,
    Weaning yoursef off of caffeine before your fast is the way to avoid headaches: Begin a week or so prior to your fast to wean yourself off of coffee and sugar, this will minimize the symptoms of detox. In addition; Increase Water intake.
    Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of the Detox process. Detox can create a number of symptoms in your body as your body goes through the process of purifying itself and eliminating toxins. Some common detox symptoms include: • headaches •lethargy •temporary muscle aches •mucus or other discharge •a coated, pasty tongue •flu-like symptoms •irritability •difficulty sleeping •weakness •cravings •nausea •constipation •diarrhea, and can last 3-5 days which is the average and in some extreme cases up to 10 days. The more extreme the buildup of toxins in your body(toxins are caused by coffee, caffeine, additives and sweeteners) the more extreme your symptoms and length of time to complete your bodies detoxification. Flushing your system with water will ease your discomfort and speed up the detox process. WATER: As a general guideline, your body needs half its body weight in ounces of water per day, i.e.: 160lbs = 80 oz. of water daily. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

    February 21, 2014
  4. Serious bloating #

    I’m on day 16, and I am so bloated, I look pregnant. I’m struggling to finish this last week. Any suggestions? And thank you for your time!🙂

    February 25, 2014
  5. Daniel Fast Team #

    For bloating (and/or excessive gas) – Increase your water intake and eat whole grains, bananas, and cantaloupe to help counter the symptoms. Herbs can also relieve bloating and/or gas. Here is an article with natural remedies you might want to consider: I hope this helps, Be Blessed in your Journey!

    February 26, 2014
  6. Liam #

    hows your water intake? Is your urine clear or a dark color? How is the quantity of urine? Less then normal? If its very dark or a strange color, less then normal while your intake is normal go to the hospital, it could be kidney problems. Kidney pain is felt most often in the lower back surrounding the spine. My brother had to have a transplant and that is where the pain began. Better to be safe than sorry.

    March 6, 2014
  7. I am on Day 3 and have the EXACT same symptoms as you Alida! Lower back and sides are killing me. Probably the only person I found with the same symptoms.
    How did it turn out??

    September 5, 2014
  8. Hi ladies,

    This is likely a withdrawal from caffeine. While it doesn’t happen to everyone, it is somewhat common. Drink lots of water. Eat goods rich in potassium. And get good rest.

    September 11, 2014
  9. My husband and I both had the exact same pain. It was awful! But it eased up after a few days and then we had renewed energy and stamina.

    September 11, 2014
  10. Lilli #

    What are some examples of whole grain?

    September 24, 2014
  11. Daniel Fast Team #

    Common whole grains include barley, corn, oats, rice (brown and colored), rye, wheat and wild rice, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, black rice(no white rice), Oats, Wheat, Buckwheat, Rye, Barley, just to name a few. Here is a link to help in your research: I hope this helps!

    September 25, 2014
  12. My wife and I are doing the Daniel fast for the first time through advent, which happens to be 26 days this year. Typically I eat a healthy, very naturalist, diet free from caffeine and simar drugs. I’m one of those people who don’t take much medication and instead supplement my diet and exercise routine to give my body what it needs to self repair. On day 14 however I got sick (which by itself is pretty rare) and have had diarrhea every day since then (its now day 18). Many foods I would typically eat in a situation like this aren’t allowed. I’m wondering if firstly this sickness is related to the Daniel fast and secondly what can I eat that will equip my body to self repair since most of my tools are no longer in the fridge. Thanks and have a blessed Advent!

    December 17, 2014
  13. realsstates #

    I would think the BRAT diet, which is the recommendation from Dr.’s for those experiencing diarrhea would be tolerated by the Daniel diet. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce & Toast. Just make sure the applesauce is completely natural with no added sugars & the toast is whole grains. When my husband and I did the Daniel fast, we experienced lots of different symptoms from the irritation, hunger, nausea, headaches, but the worst was the lower back pain as toxins were being released….which did resolve in a few days, but was awful while it lasted. However we had none of your symptoms. You may have picked up a gastrointestinal virus infection. Hopefully it will pass soon!

    December 27, 2014
  14. realsstates #

    Well, you’ll have to leave off the Toast of the BRAT diet….I forgot about NO bread.

    December 27, 2014
  15. ceegee #

    Is it normal to be constipated and bloated on the Daniel Fast. This is my 4th day

    January 4, 2015
  16. Daniel Fast Team #

    Due to the high fiber on the fast, rarely do we hear of people getting constipated on the Daniel Fast. So, as a general rule you need to be drinking half your body weight in ounces ie., 160 lbs = 80 ounces of water per day. From there I would evaluate the foods you are eating to see if the combinations of the foods or the types are promoting constipation. Also, add some prunes to your diet.
    For bloating (and/or excessive gas) – Increase your water intake and eat whole grains, bananas, and cantaloupe to help counter the symptoms. Herbs can also relieve bloating and/or gas. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

    January 15, 2015
  17. G #

    Please help me what happens when I start my menstrual cycle while on the fast,,Do I stop or continue

    January 19, 2015
  18. Anne #

    I m taking antibiotics for sinus infection should discontinue the daniel fast,

    January 20, 2015
  19. Daniel Fast Team #

    Continue to take medications as directed by your Health Care Provider.

    January 20, 2015
  20. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Gaylin,
    We encourage women to eat plenty of protein and to drink extra water around their monthly time . . . water will help alleviate cramping and added protein will help with energy. Be Blessed!

    January 21, 2015
  21. Dani A #

    Does the Daniel fast affect your menstrual cycle, or should your cycle be about the same?

    January 26, 2015
  22. No, you will be fine if you follow the eating plan as outlined in the Daniel Fast book.

    Be blessed

    January 27, 2015
  23. Reblogged this on Philadelphia Ministries & Training Center and commented:
    We should be getting pretty good at this ‘Daniel Fast’ plan; but here are a few tips to help you get through the first few days of our 2nd fast for 2015.

    February 15, 2015
  24. pam voigt #

    ever since day 3 of my Daniel Fast I’ve been having a very hard time sleeping through the night. It seems after about 4 hours of sleep I wake up and have a very difficult time trying to fall back to sleep?

    March 22, 2015
  25. No, this is not a normal reaction while on the Daniel Fast. Usually people sleep better. Consider what other issues may be causing the restlessness.

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

    March 26, 2015
  26. tammy #

    You are probably hungry

    March 26, 2015
  27. tammy #

    When I did the fast I had to allow myself one cup of coffee per day for the first weeks. Pain killers and caffeine are both drugs so I don’t know that one is any better then the other.

    March 26, 2015
  28. The best thing to do is be prepared by tapering off caffeine before you start the fast.

    April 6, 2015
  29. Don #

    Am in Day 14 of the Daniel Fast and have experienced diarrhea for well over a week now with no change in symptoms. Did read online where another individual reported similar symptoms around day 10. Surely Daniel was not able to do the King’s work with intestinal issues !

    May 24, 2015
  30. Your body is reacting to the increase in fiber. Daniel ate that way all the time so he probably didn’t experience this issue. Your body will adjust and meanwhile all your systems are being cleansed and reset.

    Be blessed.

    June 1, 2015
  31. Joann #

    I’m on day 9 and I’ve had diarrhea for 3 days😦

    June 8, 2015
  32. Your system is getting used to the increased fiber. Your digestive system is getting cleaned out and will soon stabilize.

    June 18, 2015
  33. Michelle Keller #

    Is veggie meat okay to have.

    August 15, 2015
  34. It’s on the edge. The fast is to restrict food for a spiritual purpose. So when we find replacements we’re kind of skirting the issue and continuing to meet the desires of the flesh.

    With that said, technically, if the ingredients in the veggie meat is consistent with the Daniel Fast guidelines, then it would be okay. Watch for sweeteners and dairy (whey is often used).

    August 20, 2015
  35. Chef #

    Started 4 days ago. Have experienced bloating, I am visiting the restroom several times a day, foul and excessive flatulence, my knees and elbows hurt, and I am exhausted. Is this all normal? It’s especially difficult as I am a Professional Chef. I am tasting and now spiting all day, much to the chagrin of my staff and co-workers.

    Is this normal? Any Advice?

    January 6, 2016
  36. It sounds like you are experiencing two things: 1) caffeine withdrawal; and 2) your body is getting used to have adequate fiber.

    It is normal when one goes cold turkey onto the fast rather than easing prior to the experience. Drink lots of water and eat bananas and cantaloupe (potassium rich) to offer some relief. All this will pass and then you will have amazing energy and your body will like feel better than it’s felt in years!

    January 7, 2016
  37. Gloria #

    This is so true and very helpful! I’d started the Daniel Fast with my church three years ago, and was concerned when I saw how my body responded to it. As a matter of fact, I though I was going to pass out. But then after realizing that my body had to get adjusted, it helped me to understand what was going on. I’ve gotten better with the Daniel Fast and can attest of its blessed benefits. Thanks for sharing!

    January 23, 2016

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