Food & Water

Can You Really Live 3 Weeks Without Food?

It has been repeated so many times that we all have come to believe it … “you can live three days without water and three weeks without food”.  Turns out going three weeks without food could be much more painful during and harmful after those 3 weeks.

Our friends over at Be Survival relates a somewhat scary story about the impact to your body when you deprive it of food for an extended period of time.  As the body does what it can to try and stay alive, it goes on a scavenger hunt which could result in permanent damage.

Your brain quickly stops working at peak efficiency, so decisions and critical thinking go completely down the tube after only a few days.

Your brain must have glucose to function. When the glucose levels in your blood get too low, your body starts making it own by cannibalizing your own heart muscles to use to protein to create glucose, which can have dramatic lifelong effects.

At the same time, your intestines begin their slow shut down as you rob most of the muscles around them too, many of which can take years to rebuild and may require surgery with a pretty horrific recovery, debilitating lifelong pain, and permanent constipation.

That’s just around about week two. On week three your organs start to go into “limbo mode” to save energy for your brain, and many will never recover.

In fact, not eating for weeks can trigger a myriad of other health problems. Some of the most common are heart attacks, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney stones, those previously mentioned gall bladder issues, a slew of intestinal problems, a generally higher risks of cancer, a much higher risk of dementia, and more…..

Okay, already.  I think it is time to check my long term food storage and see what’s up.

Food is the largest single investment and the underlying staple behind every proper disaster prep, but most preppers concentrate on gear, a little water, and just kinda hope to wing the food they need with a box or two extra at the grocery store every now and then.

And some preppers buy food they wouldn’t normally eat because it’s on sale or they think it’ll store easy. These are the ones that don’t rotate their stockpile, so they waste space and money storing food they hate.

These preppers rarely think about caloric intake, nutritional needs, flavor monotony, or insulin loads.

It all comes down to having enough food and the right food for yourself and your family.  Stockpiling essential food supplies increase your odds of survival in a SHTF scenario tremendously.

Pre-packaged, long-term food storage can both save you money and ensure you have the right foods when you really need them.

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