25-year-old Audra Bear fasted for a total of 97 days with the breatharian belief of capturing energy from nature.
With the rise in awareness of fitness and nutrition, various approaches have emerged in contemporary society to suggest optimal ways of sustaining the human body.
A young woman from Minnesota follows the breatharian approach, which states that the body can be nourished by breathing in energy; hence, the disregard for the need for solid foods.
Bear has dedicated her interest in health and healing methods. Her discovery of “prana” energy pushed her to pursue the said breatharian approach. She explains that this new approach of 40-minute breathing routines have allowed her to do away with solid meals, and simply living on smoothies, teas, and juices.
“Prana is another word for energy, also known as Qi or Chi. 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 has the ability to fuel and sustain us as humans,” she highlighted.
However, the ideas presented in this way of life highly contradicts the basics laid out by scientific nutrition. In fact, nutritionist Helena Gibson-Moore blasted this form of dieting, as she argued that:
“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.”
It remains true from these contentions that macro and micronutrients provide an essential difference in the long run for sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, Bear sets out a disclaimer that she has not fully turned her back on eating whole foods. She mentions that:
“You can eat if you choose to, for entertainment or social settings, know your energy is sourced from the life-force all around you.”
While she does primarily choose her teas and juices, she still has the option to consume solids occasionally. Dieting has been a favorite option for people who want to shed extra pounds. In recent years, the most favored diet is the DASH diet.
It primarily consists of lowering consumption of sodium, refined sugar, saturated fats, and trans fats, which eventually reduces blood pressure and promotes better cardiovascular performance.
In the process, several calories are also lowered while the level of physical activity is increased. Although it has been a superior diet for nearly a decade, the Mediterranean Diet may have a standing chance at being better than it.
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