The woman claims to have experienced improved health and energy levels since adopting breatharianism and pranic living. She says she now prefers getting necessary nutrients from juices, purees, and tea.
A 25-year-old woman claims she no longer feels the need to consume solid food, thanks to her 'Breatharian' lifestyle. Audra Bear from Minneapolis says she can sustain herself for long periods of time on a diet of just pureed fruits and vegetables, and tea.
According to her, she gets the necessary nutrients and energy from being around nature and breathing exercises. Bear claims her lifelong interest in health and healing led her to adopt the practices of 'breatharianism' and 'prana' after which she has reportedly experienced substantial improvement in her health.
Bear insists that when people breath in, they inhale both air and 'prana,' which is the Sanskrit word for a universal life-giving force. According to Daily Mail, the young woman now prefers getting the energy her body requires to function smoothies, tea, and juices, rather than from wholesome meals.
She claims her daily 40-minute breathing rituals have played a part in helping her shift to a liquid diet. However, leading nutrition scientist disagrees with the woman's lifestyle and says such practices could be potentially harmful to the human body. The expert also stated that there is "no scientific evidence breathing offers essential nutrients."
Though Bear only adopted breatharianism and pranic living just about 8 months ago, she has been on the healthy lifestyle train for a long time. The young woman tried her hand at veganism and raw veganism for 4 years before turning on to these bizarre and potentially dangerous practices.
She claims fasting and performing breathing exercises have helped her become healthier than she was before. In fact, she says she has once fasted for 97 days at a stretch, gaining essential calories from pureed fruits and vegetables.
Although she identifies as a breatharian, she accepts that she does consume solid food "occasionally" when she is out with friends and family. Bear claims to spend anywhere between 1 to 3 hours a day practicing breathing exercises and says she has more energy than ever since adopting this lifestyle, as well as, feeling more relaxed about life in general. Explaining her unconventional way of life, the woman said, "Prana is another word for energy, also known as Qi or Chi."
She continued, "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. Living a pranic lifestyle is about shifting your focus from nourishing your body with denser sources (food) to less dense sources (energy), all the while keeping in mind that food is not bad, you can enjoy food if you want to."
The 25-year-old revealed that although she had previously "heard about people living this way but I never thought that would be me. It started by practicing breathwork. There is something magical about conscious, controlled breathing that brings you with a face to face meeting with yourself, it brings you back to the core of your being. Breathwork helps you to realize who you are and what you need or don't need. I never intended to 'quit food' I just started practicing for 40 minutes a day and after about five days I no longer had such a hunger for dense foods. My first fast lasted 97 days."
Bear claims she has lost over a stone in weight since switching to the pranic living and breatharianism lifestyle. She also has some advice for those considering her way of life.
"I wouldn't recommend anyone to fast, cleanse or restrict without first learning about the breath. You can also experience prana through time in nature, sunbathing, earthing, creating and playing. You can eat if you choose to, for entertainment or social settings, know your energy is sourced from the life-force all around you. Most days I just drink teas, fruit juices, green juices, and fresh coconut waters. I do eat occasionally now, but more for celebratory reasons," the breatharian said.
"My energy is heightened, my senses are stronger, and I'm feeling the healthiest I've ever been. I feel relaxed about life and a deeper connection to myself. This is not about restriction or living in lack. Living in this way is a very big step away from a traditional life but the lifestyle also brings about so much abundance, health, and happiness. That is where my focus will always be," she claims.
Meanwhile, nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore has some grave concerns about the long-term impacts of Bear's lifestyle.
"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. By only consuming one food group such as fruit and vegetables, in a specific way such as juicing, without balancing it with other food groups, is not healthy and can be harmful if sustained over time," Gibson-Moore warned.