Hunger strike - International guidelines and medical management
- fasting generally well supported, as long as water intake is sufficient
- hunger pangs and stomach cramps disappear after the 2 nd – 3 rd day
- the hunger strikers suffers from dizziness and feeling faint
- severe ataxia
- standing up may become difficult to impossible
- orthostatic hypotension
- lightheadedness [ 10 ] or inversely mental sluggishness
- sensation of cold [ 11 ]
- general sensation of weakness
- fits of hiccoughs
- loss of the sensation of thirst [ 12 ]
At the end of the first month, symptoms may be severe enough to warrant hospitalization. Hydration needs to be particularly monitored. Too much supplement of NaCl may lead to hypokalemia.
 Due to electrolyte imbalance. See Peel, M. footnote 7.
 Blood thyroxine levels remain stable throughout fasting, but tri-iodothyronine is converted rapidly into an inactive metabolite, thereby reducing thyroid function, and base metabolic rate. Ibid, Peel, M.
 Ideally, water should be supplemented with 1.5 g of NaCl per day (one half-teaspoon salt)