What is Water Fasting?


Dating back over 6,000 years, water fasting has been an integral healing modality used by many cultures, traditions, and religions. Often called the “universal cure,” water fasting is used to cure sickness, disease and restore the body to equilibrium. Beyond physical benefits, water fasting offers very transformative and healing experiences mentally.

Before embarking on your own water fast, it is important to have knowledge and understanding of this practice so that you do not disrupt that balance of your mind and body complex. If you are looking for a gentle introduction to fasting, intermittent fasting and juice cleansing offer a great place to start.

What is Water Fasting?

Water fasting is exactly how it sounds, you wake up, and drink water all day as a method of cleansing and detoxifying the body. A typical fast lasts anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days, and many people who have serious ailments to heal from do them for longer 

We use over 40% of our daily energy digesting and absorbing food, and this can be even higher for people with illness and digestive issues. But when you fast, your body can redirect that energy back into healing. 

Water Fasting Benefits

When we fast, the body goes into ketosis and full detoxification mode – our liver cleans out, our kidneys clean out, and our body starts to push toxins out through the 4 channels of elimination: perspiration, respiration, defecation and urination. 

One study from the University of California Berkeley found that a three day water fast serves your body by resetting your immune system and activating the stem cells that enable you to perform at your optimum level. 

How to do a Water Fast the Sanctuary way:

At the Sanctuary we curated very tailored programmes to each and every guest. With that being said, water fasts are more straightforward in nature, which is why we offer two main protocols:

  • 24-36 Hour Fast: During this time you will consume only water and coconut water.
  • 48-72 Hour Fast: During this time you will consume only water and coconut water.

There is much that goes into water fast beyond simply drinking water and fasting. During a water fast, many emotions arise that can feel very intense. The way we process these emotions is fundamental to our healing journey, which is why we have a very experienced in-house medical team, ayurvedic doctor and yoga teacher available to you 24/7. Our team is dedicated to holding space for you as you enter deeper states.


How do you keep from starving

Our body has glucose reserves that are basically reserves of nutrients from foods we have eaten yesterday, last week, last month, last year, and even throughout our lifetime. When we take a break from eating and digesting foods, our body dips into those nutrient reserves to provide energy.

The most difficult time is the first 72 hours. During the first 72 hours, we are using up the stored glucose in our body. As our bodies begin going into ketosis, we begin to burn fat for fuel instead of relying on glucose.

Can I exercise?

It is strongly advised not to exercise on a water fast, so without that energy output your body will be focused on restoring, rejuvenating, and reactivating from the inside out.

Who can and can’t do this?

Technically anyone CAN do water fast, but it is important that you feel in a stable place mentally and physically with food.

Worth noting, someone coming from eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) would want to clean up their diet before they start a water fast. Switching over to a (mostly) plant-based diet full of veggies, fruits, leafy grains, grains, and legumes and then going into drinking all water for a day is the way to go, to ease your body into it. 

What are the spiritual benefits?

Removing the digestive process for a period of time enhances the gut-brain connection and allows us to draw deeper into our soul and our solar plexus chakra to get answers to our deepest questions. 

Many people express feeling more connected to nature. When we are more fluid in our bodies, we also become more fluid with the world around us. You will feel more euphoria and one with nature. Water fasting helps to clear brain fog, which is ideal for meditation, yoga, and all around spiritual healing. This is a great time to practice automatic writing, meditation, self-care rituals, crystal healing, and more. 

Final Words

Water fasting has been one of the greatest healing techniques in history and continues to be so today. Our bodies accumulate toxins that clog our body filters and can create disease. It is important to cleanse and detoxify our bodies so that we can live optimally. If you are seeking water fast, we are happy to support you on this journey. Please ask any questions and make sure to consult a doctor before.

With love,

Sen Wellness


Coming from a lineage of healers, Lina works with somatic embodiment, breathwork, energetic healing, sound, and naturopathic nutrition. She channels her practice into words and thoughts to share with you. Her warmth and radiant energy will capture you through her words

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Elly G
Came here for a yoga retreat with our teacher. This is the place to unwind, do yoga, relax and get Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic drs and therapists are so helpful and friendly. Staff are so warm and helpful. Frances is the manager at Sen, a person with a beautiful soul who is very sensitive to our needs and intentions when visiting the sanctuary. Saneth (pardon my spelling) is a very dedicated and hardworking gentleman who made sure that our stay was a pleasant one. Highly recommend Sen Wellness Sanctuary 🙏🏽
Heike Mucha
Heike Mucha
I stayed at Sen Wellness Sancutary for the festive retreat 23/24 - for me a 10 days commitment to complete immersion. I enjoyed every bit of it already at the Sanctuary! Now, back home and 40 days later, I am still profiting from the treatments, the experiences I made and my 40-days-practise that I started, as soon as I arrived home.Here is my deepest gratitude for the gifts I received during this retreat: a wonderful place, a kind, supportive, attentive and friendly team, support and grounding in my personal difficult moments, fantastic and soothing Ayurveda treatments (thanks to the doctors & massage therapists - always there with a smile and advice), delicious food, fascinating ceremonies (an unforgettable experience!), a lot of fun & laughter with other group members...Just to name a fiew.The biggest gift is, that I still have all this in my heart, that I can feel the connection to it. And that the practice of pranayama and meditation starts to become a routine! I hope, I can return to this unique place one day.
Sally Emerson
Sally Emerson
My stay at Sen Wellness was exhilarating, from the dramatic colours of the sunsets to the naughty monkeys bouncing on the roof of our yoga room then leaping into the jungle. Best of all was watching, after a sunset walk over the wide empty white beach, newly hatched turtles hurtling over the sand to the ocean beyond. Good food, kind smiling staff, excellent and varied company from all over the world at the communal meals, massages, swimming pool, meditation, yoga, it was all pretty faultless and very inspiring.The serene and mesmerising Tseyang from Tibet provided me with a yoga programme I am actually keeping to.
One of the most relaxing and intriguing stays I’ve ever had. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave, the hosts and staff anticipate and provide for your every need.The creative Vegan meals, yoga, meditation and daily treatments make this retreat a must-do for anyone who wants to experience an absolute gem.
Melbin Abraham
Melbin Abraham
I recently attended a 14-day Ayurveda and Yoga retreat at Sen Wellness Sanctuary, and I can confidently say it was the best decision I made in 2024!The sanctuary is nestled in a truly enchanting environment, providing a perfect blend of calmness and nature. Being located next to Turtle Beach added a unique touch to the overall experience, making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking serenity and relaxation.The staff at Sen Wellness Sanctuary is exceptional. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted with warm smiles, and their hospitality throughout my stay was beyond compare. Special shout-out to Sudheera, Sanath, the Manager, whose dedication to ensuring a seamless experience stood out. Frances,The wellness Manager with her beautiful soul, Tsayang, my Yoga guru, Gopi, my transporter, and the entire team, including Kavindu, Dr. Tarushi, Dr. Udari, Mahil, Madhu, and many more, contributed to making my stay truly memorable.The food was another highlight of my experience. Traditional Sri Lankan dishes, rich in veggies and fruits, were served daily, creating a culinary journey that added to the overall wellness experience.One of the most rewarding aspects of my time at Sen was the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Connecting with like-minded individuals enhanced the entire retreat experience, and I left with a profound sense of personal evolution.In conclusion, Sen Wellness Sanctuary is more than just a retreat; it's a haven for personal growth and well-being. I completed the program with a genuine feeling of having evolved into a new person. I highly recommend Sen to anyone seeking a transformative and rejuvenating experience.Thank you, Sen Wellness Sanctuary, for the exceptional hospitality. I look forward to returning in the future!
Linda Deverell
Linda Deverell
I have spent time in very austere ashrams through to very high end spa retreats but, Sen Sanctuary is in a league of its own, it is the only place I have ever been where I haven’t for one moment thought, what am I doing here? It is unique in its ability to blend wellness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, diet and joy in a relaxed, unpretentious and thoughtful environment. Every member of staff is there to guide you on your way ,all you have to do is turn up with an open heart and mind!I first went there in March 2023 having met the amazing Dr Sam in London and I returned again in January 2024, both times unique, both times wonderful. I have no doubt I will go back again and again.Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a place built with love and integrity straight from Dr Sam’s heart to every one who has the great good fortune of staying there.
Ryan Samtani
Ryan Samtani
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone working at this place for making it so magical. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and found it so incredibly rejuvenating - from the organic food, top notch Ayurvedic massages, health advice, breathwork, yoga, community.. the retreat is truly unique and unmatched.. it’s really a place that welcomes everyone and caters to each and every person’s needs. I loved connecting with others on the retreat too. I stayed for 3 short nights, but will remember the experience for a lifetime.
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Elisa Brugnera
I just came back after spending a week at Sen Wellness, and the experience was above my expectations.The location is beautiful, immerse in nature and with an amazing beach available.Yoga and meditation classes vary every day, and I can say I learnt so much.The main feedback I’d like to leave is about the team: all of them did everything in their power to make us guests happy, they personally cared about our wellbeing.I can say I came back relaxed, but also changed and nourished internally, I’m looking at problems with a different perspective.I am already planning to be back!
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Pia Schmoeckel
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Richard S
Richard S
hat an incredible place and lovely team and special stay. Situated between the beach and the lagoon you are surrounded by wildlife and feel completely isolated from the outside world. The treatments, food and yoga/meditation work together to ensure an incredibly restorative and nourishing stay. Ten days seemed a good length of time to stay to maximise the benefits.Thank you to all the team at Sen for a magical stay
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