Women, 25, says she’s a ‘breatharian’ and no longer needs solid food

A woman who claims she mostly lives on pureed fruit and vegetables ‘and tea’ says she gets much of her energy from breathing exercises and being around nature and doesn’t need solid food.

Audra Bear, 25, from Minneapolis, says a lifelong interest in health and healing led her to try the bizarre practices; ‘prana’ and ‘breatharianism’.

She says ‘prana’ means energy and when breathing in, people inhale both air and prana. Breatharians claim to be nourished by air and don’t need solid food.

Bear says that her new daily 40-minute breathing rituals have left her preferring to get her energy not from wholesome meals but mostly from smoothies, tea and juices instead.

A leading nutrition scientist has slammed the practices as potentially ‘harmful’, saying there is ‘no scientific evidence breathing offers essential nutrients’.

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Audra Bear, 25, from Minneapolis, with the giant smoothies that sustain her; she says she often doesn't feel like solid food because she gets energy from her 'pranic' lifestyle - ie from nature - and performing breathing exercises for 40-minutes a day

Audra Bear, 25, from Minneapolis, with the giant smoothies that sustain her; she says she often doesn't feel like solid food because she gets energy from her 'pranic' lifestyle - ie from nature - and performing breathing exercises for 40-minutes a day

Audra Bear, 25, from Minneapolis, with the giant smoothies that sustain her; she says she often doesn’t feel like solid food because she gets energy from her ‘pranic’ lifestyle – ie from nature – and performing breathing exercises for 40-minutes a day

The 25-year-old once fasted for 97 days eating no solid food and relying on pureed fruit, vegetables and berries plus tea and juices. She says she's lost over a stone in weight since staring the regime

The 25-year-old once fasted for 97 days eating no solid food and relying on pureed fruit, vegetables and berries plus tea and juices. She says she's lost over a stone in weight since staring the regime

The 25-year-old once fasted for 97 days eating no solid food and relying on pureed fruit, vegetables and berries plus tea and juices. She says she’s lost over a stone in weight since staring the regime

Bear was vegan and raw vegan for four years before she discovered pranic living and breatharianism eight months ago.

She says fasting and breathing ‘to receive energy and nourishment’ have helped her become healthier. Her longest fast – of 97 days – saw her gaining essential calories from pureed fruits and vegetables. Back on solid food ‘occasionally’, Audra practices breathwork anywhere between one and three hours a day.

She says she consumes proper meals only if she’s out with her family and friends. Since adopting the pranic lifestyle, she says she has more energy than ever before and she feels more relaxed about life.

Bear explains: ‘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 claims to no longer desire solid food because she gets energy from 'nature and breathing'

She claims to no longer desire solid food because she gets energy from 'nature and breathing'

She claims to no longer desire solid food because she gets energy from ‘nature and breathing’

‘There is no scientific evidence breathing offers essential nutrients’

Nutrition Scientist Helena Gibson-Moore told Femail that relying on one food group – such as the fruit and vegetables Audra is consuming in smoothies and juices – is denying her body the nutrients it needs.

Gibson-Moore explained: ‘Everyone needs energy (calories) for our bodies to function properly. There is no scientific evidence that we can get the essential nutrients needed for good health from air alone.

Eating food from just one food group, in Audra's case, fruit and vegetables, can be potentially 'harmful' says nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore

Eating food from just one food group, in Audra's case, fruit and vegetables, can be potentially 'harmful' says nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore

Eating food from just one food group, in Audra’s case, fruit and vegetables, can be potentially ‘harmful’ says nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore

‘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.

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‘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.

‘Whilst the evidence for such diets in terms of disease prevention is lacking there is a wealth of evidence that varied and balanced dietary patterns including fruit and veg, wholegrains, good sources of protein like oily fish, pulses and nuts, some dairy or dairy alternatives, some unsaturated fats and lower intakes of fatty processed meats, refined grain, salt, saturated fat and sugary foods and drinks is associated with better health outcomes.’

‘Living a pranic lifestyle is about shifting your focus from nourishing your body with denser sources (food) to less denser sources (energy), all the while keeping in mind that food is not bad, you can enjoy food if you want to.’

She says she’d ‘heard about people living this way but I never thought that would be me.’

Bear adds: ‘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 realise 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.’

The 25-year-old, who says she has lost over a stone in weight since practicing the lifestyle, says: ‘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.’

More energy: Audra claims her unusual eating habits and breathing exercises have left her with more vitality

More energy: Audra claims her unusual eating habits and breathing exercises have left her with more vitality

More energy: Audra claims her unusual eating habits and breathing exercises have left her with more vitality

‘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.’

However, nutrition scientist Helena Gibson-Moore has criticized Audra’s diet, saying: ‘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.’

She added: ‘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.

The US woman says she feels more connected to her self since she started adopting the lifestyle

The US woman says she feels more connected to her self since she started adopting the lifestyle

The US woman says she feels more connected to her self since she started adopting the lifestyle

Audra pictured practising her breathing exercises; she says claims the practice doesn't restrict her life in any way, despite only occasionally eating solid food

Audra pictured practising her breathing exercises; she says claims the practice doesn't restrict her life in any way, despite only occasionally eating solid food

Audra pictured practising her breathing exercises; she says claims the practice doesn’t restrict her life in any way, despite only occasionally eating solid food

'Prana means energy and when breathing in, people inhale both air and prana which is found in all air and space'

'Prana means energy and when breathing in, people inhale both air and prana which is found in all air and space'

‘Prana means energy and when breathing in, people inhale both air and prana which is found in all air and space’

‘Whilst the evidence for such diets in terms of disease prevention is lacking there is a wealth of evidence that varied and balanced dietary patterns including fruit and veg, wholegrains, good sources of protein like oily fish, pulses and nuts, some dairy or dairy alternatives, some unsaturated fats and lower intakes of fatty processed meats, refined grain, salt, saturated fat and sugary foods and drinks is associated with better health outcomes.’

Audra claims she doesn’t feel like she’s going without, saying: ‘This is not about restriction or living in lack. Living in this way is 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.’

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