Living on Sunlight, Water, and No Food

A 65-year-old woman is living on a diet of absolutely no food

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Humans may not have to eat anymore in order to survive. We just need to drink water and soak up sunlight. At least that’s what 65-year-old Navenna Shine of Seattle is trying to prove, according to The Daily Mail. In an experiment to explore breatharianism — the concept that humans do not need to be sustained by food, that there is an internal nutritional source within all of us that will fulfill our nutritional needs — she stopped eating on May 3 and since then has been living on only sunlight and water. She is documenting the experiment that she calls “Living on Light” with eight cameras set up around her house and through YouTube and Facebook.

Now in the middle of week six, the breatharian believer said she feels “very well” but gets occasionally “twinges of what feels like hunger.” But eventually it passes. When she exercises, many times she feels lightheaded and has to lie down. But these side effects are trivial compared to the bile that she occasionally throws up or the nausea and constipation she experiences. Other than that she feels great.

Shine stresses that this is not something that should be attempted without proper preparation or supervision.

“Death is usually the outcome of not eating,” she said in a recent video. “There is many criteria that might need to be in place before a person can live on light.”

According to the Seattle Globalist, four breatharians have died from living solely on sunlight and water. Shine plans to continue the diet of light and water for at least 4 months, but says that as soon as she feels that her health is at serious risk, she will stop immediately. Her weight has dropped from 159 pounds to 130 pounds, and she has lost more than six inches around her stomach. She is not totally confident that she will last for as long as the time she originally planned, but she says will do the best that she can.

On day 30, she wrote: “I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats and is now looking around for what next to consume.”

Worldwide, there are thought to be more than 5,000 breatharianists and light nutritionists. But there is no medical evidence that humans can live on a diet of sunlight and water and survive.

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