Audra Bear is a 25-year-old American woman who claims that she no longer requires solid food to stay alive, as she gets most of her energy from breathing exercises, tea, and smoothies.
Bear claims that her lifelong interest in health, healing, and well-being has led her to the practices “breatharianism” and “prana”.
So, just to make things clear: “prana” is, supposedly, a type of energy, and Audra believes that we inhale not only oxygen but also prana.
So, “breatharians” claim that they get their nutrition by simply breathing in the air, rather than eating solid food like the rest of us.
Audra says that 40 minutes per day of breathing exercises makes her able to live on only tea, smoothies, and juices.
An actual nutritional scientist, however, has warned that this lifestyle is potentially “harmful” and that there’s “no scientific evidence that breathing offers essential nutrients”.
Audra converted fully to the pranic and breatharian lifestyle 8 months ago, although she was living the raw vegan lifestyle for quite some time. Before that, though, she was just a regular garden vegan.
According to her, fasting and breathing give her energy and nourishment, and they have actually improved her health.
Her longest fast lasted for 97 days in total, and she only consumed vegetables and puréed fruit during that time.
However, she says that she will eat a proper meal if she’s out with her family and friends, but she claims that she feels better since adopting her new lifestyle.
She explained that Prana is just another word for enery, also known as Qi or Chi. She believes it’s a life-giving force that flows in through everything, and it’s in the air, the sunshine, nature, connections with people, and all living things.
According to her, living a pranic lifestyle is about shifting your focus from nourishing your body with denser sources, like food, to less dense sources, like energy.
Expectedly, she has lost a lot of weight since starting her new lifestyle.
It all started for her since she began practicing breathwork. She says that breathwork helps you realize who you are and what you need or don’t need. She never intended to just quit food, but after practicing for 40 minutes a day for five days, she no longer had such a hunger for dense foods.
She notes that this is not about restriction or living in lack, but this lifestyle has brought has much abundance, health, and happiness.
Nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore warns, however, that a diet like this one is likely to be low in energy, and one will be missing out on important nutrients for good health in the long term.