Hard dry fast vs Soft dry fast: Which one is better?

Hard dry fast vs Soft dry fast: Which one is better?

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When I first started my fasting journey 10 years ago, I never would have imagined that one day I would be dry fasting. Yet, here we are. When I first entered the world of dry fasting I felt so lost. Not only was there a multitude of new terminologies that I needed to learn, but I also had to figure out a way to break through the mental barrier of not drinking water! Terms like metabolic water, acidotic crisis, soft vs hard dry fast, true thirst, and more.

Please look up the Scorch Protocol to see an example of daily foods and supplements recommended in between dry fasts during the refeed. The scorch protocol is currently where the most up-to-date information is being distilled from over 200 pages of notes and data from other dry fasters. It includes a preparation protocol, an inside fast protocol, refeed protocol, an in-between fasts protocol, and a sleep protocol to combat sleep problems and insomnia-esque dry fasting periods. A lot (if not all) of autoimmune diseases can benefit from the scorch protocol

And let’s not forget about this saying that I’m sure you’ve heard before.

“A human being can go 7 days without food, but only 3 days without water.” – Everyone in the world

Turns out this is one of the most memorable things we kids are taught in school. This statement has become some sort of a culturally accepted factoid. Since you’re here reading this, I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve already dipped your toes into the extended fasting world, right? Maybe you’ve done extended water fasting. Maybe you’ve practiced OMAD (one meal a day). Or maybe you’ve done intermittent fasting. That being said, you and I have already broken through the first wall of the matrix. The ‘humans can’t function without food’ matrix wall #1. Congratulations Neo. You’ve graduated to step two: Soft Dry Fasting OR Hard Dry Fasting?

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What is a soft dry fast?

A soft dry fast indicates that you are not going to be subscribing to the purist idea of ZERO water. Instead, you will be accepting that no liquids will pass through your sacred mouth and into your digestive system. What does this mean?

Someone doing a soft dry fast will generally do things like brush their teeth, shower when they need to refresh or cool down, go swimming for exercise and relaxation, take baths to remoisten the skin or help remineralize with Epsom salts, etc.

A soft dry fast may even allow the faster to use something like a steam sauna if they’d want, even though I do not recommend using the sauna while extended dry fasting (longer than 48 hours), or if you have any medical conditions.

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What is a hard dry fast?

A hard dry fast indicates that you are subscribing to the purist idea of ZERO water. In this form of dry fasting, you will treat water the same way a vampire treats sunlight.

Someone doing a hard dry fast will stay away from water at all costs. This means no brushing your teeth, no showers, no baths, and definitely no swimming.

The benefits of a soft dry fast

  • Easier
  • Cleaner
  • Less stressful on the body

The main benefit of a soft dry fast would have to be that you get to refresh yourself with water. You get to stay clean and you get to maintain a close relationship with that beautiful H2O. Some people insist that doing a soft dry fast allows them to continue the dry fast longer than if they were doing the hard version. The fact that you can sit in a bath or body of water, allows your skin to grab minerals and rehydrate itself thereby giving you the necessary ingredients to continue fasting. You get to keep clean and you get to brush your teeth – which is a big mental block for a lot of people. Ew, you don’t brush your teeth?

The benefits of a hard dry fast

  • Spiritual
  • Competitive
  • The full power of the dry fast

The main benefits of a hard dry fast would have to be that you know that you are performing the absolute hardest fasting on the planet and not taking any shortcuts. This type of fast is viewed as the ultimate spiritual fast. By helping you build a completely new relationship with water. And also by showing you that you can live without it.

While fasting in general provides you with a new relationship to food, dry fasting goes a step further. Dry fasting provides you with a new relationship with water. This is viewed as a complete re-wiring of both your mental and physical capacities. Your mental capacities by making you more disciplined and focused on all future endeavors. Your physical capacities by refreshing the body with autophagy, biogenesis, and mitogenesis. Although these benefits also come from soft dry fasts, you’ll never have a nagging worry that you’ve cut a corner and potentially left some healing on the table when you do a hard dry fast.

Which type of fast is right for you?

Choosing between a soft dry fast and a hard dry fast really comes down to personal preference because they are both abnormal accomplishments. Without a doubt, doing a soft dry fast is much easier both physically and mentally. Some people will argue that dry fasting is the true way to fast and that by touching water you will slow down your healing journey, someone who does not mind bending the rules slightly may benefit from doing a mix of both. Usually, the best results are found when you get to mix the best of both worlds. In this case, perhaps you’ll abstain from water as much as possible, but decide to maintain your funk in order and shower when absolutely necessary.

Advice from different users that attempted soft and/or hard dry fasts

Testimonials are taken from the dry fasting subreddit

Hard dry fasting is slightly more potent and definitely better for skin Illnesses. Less water absorbed through skin less for bacteria and viruses. For basic health soft is fine.


After many years of monitoring of patients, dr. Sergey Filonov found that there is no noticeable difference between soft and hard dry fast. Moreover, today he advises performing cold douches daily during fasting.


Feeling hotter is what burns calories faster. The hotter you are the faster the calories and our water burn…yeah, of course hard dryfasting is best in terms of speed and power, yet it’s more intense. Emotionally, hard dryfasting will pulverizes addictions 5-10 days…it may not be popular but, the more intensity the mind is put through the cleaner it becomes…dryfasting cleans the subconscious.


Yannick Wolfe

15 Years of Fasting Experience, Ex-ME/CFS, Ex-Long covid. Tech Consultant, Molecular biologist, Father, Researcher, Experimenter.

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