Recently a woman has claimed that she has stopped drinking water for over a year and this “dry fasting” has helped her to get amazing health benefits.
Sophie Partik frim Bali, Indonesia is 35, years old woman who says that living without water has healed many health problems of her including joint pains, food allergy, skin problems, puffy eyes, and even digestive problems.
She is a nutrition specialist and a yoga teacher by profession and she continues these dry fast for 13-14 hours per day. After that, she only takes liquids that are naturally present inside food sources such as fruit juice which she calls “living water”.
Sophie says that she can get all the vital nutrients that her body requires from natural sources such as fruit juices, vegetable juices, and coconut water and she doesn’t really need to consume water separately.
Earlier, she reported having extreme swelling her joints and puffiness which made her face look so swollen. She says’
“I had extreme swelling in my face and joints, as well as puffiness – I was so swollen, I looked sick. The doctors were telling me there is nothing wrong with me and if I’d like to get rid off the puffy eyes I could undergo surgery.”
Sophie says that a friend of her recommended dry fasting to her and that’s how this all started. The first thing that she noticed was a reduction in puffiness. Due to which she decided to prolong this dry fasting.
“I have been looking for answers all my life and I thought that the universe’s way of sending them to me. Drinking bottled water and water from the faucet actually makes your kidneys overwork and flushes all the nutrients out of your body. You don’t need water to stay hydrated, it really just makes you feel bloated. When you start dry fasting, you soon realize your body doesn’t need water.”
Dry fasting, also called “absolute fasting” is a regime where a person stops eating food and liquid even in the form of water, tea or broth. This is very different from various fasts popular around the world which only restrict food but allow consuming water and other liquids.
People who endorse dry fasting say that it has helped them in many ways. Some of their “proclaimed” benefits include the following.
- Rapid weight loss
- Immunity boost
- Cellular regeneration
- Reduction in inflammation
- Skin healing
- Spiritual reasons (purity)
There is no research on dry fasting to analyze these benefits. A short term dry fasting may help but a prolonged dry fast is dangerous for health and it might result in an extreme complication.
The problems start with “de-hydration” which is a situation where the body is low on water. This dehydration can cause electrolyte imbalance, leading to lowering blood pressure that can take a person’s life.
Further complications include kidney disease, nutritional deficiency, eating disorders, metabolic diseases, and fainting.
But Sophie shares her experience as;
“I feel better than ever, very energized and it’s so good for your kidneys- once they take a break for a few hours, they work much better after. At first, it’s tricky because your mouth gets dry and then your brain is telling you that you need a drink. It’s in our mind that we need water, I know I am not dehydrated but it takes patience to overcome our desires.”
Upon asking if she recommends other people to follow the same, she says;
“It’s not for everyone, it has to come from within.”
While sharing her personal story, Sophie tells that her family didn’t understand this and thought that she was in a cult. She says it is confusing for many people because that’s not what we have been told traditionally. However, she is getting a lot of support through her social media fans from all parts of the world.
Sophie dreams to prolong her fast to ten days continuously but so far she has only made it to 52 hours.