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Optimize Me

Dry Fasting Is a Terrible Idea

It’s a recipe for dehydration and kidney problems

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5 min readFeb 18, 2020


Optimize Me is an Elemental column exploring (and fact-checking) the weirdest self-improvement trends. It comes out every Tuesday.

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Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental