The Results of a Five-Day Water Fast for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

I decided not to continue the water fast beyond five days, and ended it at about 12:50 PM today. The total fasting time was just over five days and 18 hours, or approximately 138 hours.

I wasn’t feeling very well last night, with some nausea, and I think it was time to end it.

I stopped the fast with a vegetable broth made by simmering the following ingredients in water for about 30 minutes:

  • red kale
  • collard greens
  • a leek
  • a few cloves of garlic
  • a small piece of ginger
  • three crimini mushrooms
  • three shitake mushrooms
  • some cilantro greens
  • some Italian parsley

I added some chopped fresh basil at the end, and had a small spoonful of sauerkraut juice. The total volume of liquid was one cup. I will have another cup soon.

Vegetable broth cooling in ice

I think that I will only have vegetable broth today. Tomorrow I plan to add puréed vegetables. On Saturday, I plan to add more substantial foods, like salad, kasha (buckwheat groats), and split pea soup.

Edit — evening update:

I changed my plans for eating. I was feeling terrible by the evening. My ketone levels had jumped up to about 120 mg/dL. I was getting a little bit worried, so I ate half of an apricot and a small piece of banana in order to try to get my body to stop producing so many ketone bodies. I started feeling better within about 30 minutes. My ketone levels dropped down to 40 mg/dL later in the evening.

I had a little bit more food after that: the other half of the apricot, and another piece of banana, which brought it to about half of a banana in total.

Since my pickles were ready, I couldn’t resist eating two pickled cucumbers (each being 14 of a small cucumber), and a tiny bite of a homemade pickled turnip. Maybe it was too much salt, even though I rinsed them off water first.

Homemade pickles: cucumbers, turnips, garlic, beet kvass

I couldn’t handle drinking any more vegetable broth, so I will save that for the split pea soup and/or the kasha. I might purée some of those boiled vegetables and add them to the split pea soup.

I think that it was a good idea for me to eat the fruit, and I may eat a bit more solid food tomorrow, even if just fruit and vegetables.

One other interesting thing I noticed is that my body started producing more heat, and I’m not as cold anymore. I read somewhere that digestion produces a lot of heat, so that must be the reason.

Results of the Fast

The psoriasis, the psoriatic arthritis, and seborrheic dermatitis were greatly improved, but none has disappeared completely. I’m expecting that it will take a lot of work and lifestyle changes to put it into remission, if that is possible.

I went from 185.5 pounds to 173 pounds between June 11 and June 16. I expect that some of that is because I have no food in my body. I would like to drop down to about 150 pounds by the end of the summer.

The fasting experience was very difficult. I did not experience good feelings due to the fast, though many writers seem to enjoy it. Maybe the good feelings only happen on longer fasts? If someone who has more experience with fasting could explain that, please leave a comment below.

My Thoughts

These are difficult medical conditions to deal with. I have to be thankful that it is not something much worse. I recently saw someone get a diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer, start chemotherapy the next day, and die before a year was over.

I will take psoriatic arthritis over that, despite being worried that this disease might end up making my life very difficult.

I will continue writing about further self-experiments.

If you have tried water fasting for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, please comment below with your experiences.

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