There’s a woman from Minnesota who has figured out a way to get through her everyday life without eating like you or me. As she tells it, she “no longer needs solid food.” Not only does she claim to be in the best shape of her life, she argues that she gets all her nutrients from the air as well as water and some juices. The 25-year-old’s lifestyle choice is known as “Breatharianism” and is highly controversial among health care professionals.
The lifestyle that 25-year-old Audra Bear flaunts is “pranic” in the sense that it is focused on nourishing her vital energy. Instead of needing to draw energy from food like regular humans, she has found a way to transcend that need and gets what she needs from simpler things, including the air around us.
She claims that her fasts from solid food can last up to 97 days at a stretch.
“My energy is heightened. My senses are stronger, and I’m feeling the healthiest I’ve ever been. I feel relaxed about life and (have) a deeper connection to myself,” Bear said according to Fox News.
The “breath work” that Bear practices can help energize her body and mind. She commits three hours each day to the practice and only has to eat solid foods occasionally to supplement the air that nourishes her muscles.
“It wasn’t until I started practicing the breathing exercises that I realized I had no appetite for solid or dense foods. Most days, I just drink teas, fruit juices, green juices, and fresh coconut waters.”
Without a doubt, Bear’s lifestyle sounds fresh and exciting. And by the list of things she does consume, it appears possible that she would not need to ingest solid foods. Besides, doing so much medication and breath work would really help connect her to her body.
“Prana is another word for energy, also known as Qi or Chi,” she said. “It is a life-giving force that flows in, through, and around all things. It’s in the air we breathe, the sunshine, nature, connections with people, and all living things. It is a powerful energy that actually had the ability to fuel and sustain us as humans.”
While some people think her lifestyle is crazy, Bear absolutely loves it – and is thriving on it.
Nevertheless, health professionals argue that her diet is “not healthy” and could prove to “be harmful if sustained over time,” nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore told LADBible.
“A diet that only includes fruit juices and teas is likely to be low in energy, so although initial weight loss may occur, in the long term you will be missing out on important nutrients for good health,” Gibson-Moore said.
Although there is no scientific evidence that Bear’s diet will promote wellbeing and health, there is plenty of evidence in support of a well-balanced diet.
“Fruit and veg, whole grains, good sources of protein like oily fish, pulses (beans) and nuts… is associated with better health outcomes.”
What do you think about Audra Bear’s decision to skip out on solid foods?
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