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Posted by: Aila | 2012/01/26

fasting

Hi Doc
A friend of mine recently went on fasting, she says the experience gave her insomnia because her digestive system wasn''t working overnight, Is this possible and does the digestive system stop working when you don''t have food in your stomach?
Thanks Doc

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Dear Aila
If an individual goes on a total fast (no food, no liquids with any nutritive value, only water), then the digestive system does shut down. A good example of this is when someone undergoes a major operation and does not eat any food for a few days. Once such a patient has to be reintroduced to eating, she is given a light diet (jelly, soup, etc) for a day or two, followed by a gradual introduction to normal foods. However, I have not heard that the non-functioning of the digestive system during a fast causes insomnia. It is quite possible that your friend could not sleep because she was so very hungry and her tummy may have been growling and rumbling.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/01/27

Dear Aila
If an individual goes on a total fast (no food, no liquids with any nutritive value, only water), then the digestive system does shut down. A good example of this is when someone undergoes a major operation and does not eat any food for a few days. Once such a patient has to be reintroduced to eating, she is given a light diet (jelly, soup, etc) for a day or two, followed by a gradual introduction to normal foods. However, I have not heard that the non-functioning of the digestive system during a fast causes insomnia. It is quite possible that your friend could not sleep because she was so very hungry and her tummy may have been growling and rumbling.
Best regards
DietDoc

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