Micro-influencers who are strict followers of health are promoting a new wellness trend on social media which involves not drinking any water – and health experts are concerned.
These influencers are promoting not drinking any kind of water and instead eating fruits and vegetables that have high levels of water content to keep your body hydrated. Some even suggest fasting without any food or water for 24 hours, labelling it as ‘dry fasting’.
Sophie Prana, 35, an Austrian influencer living in Thailand who has 17.8k followers on Instagram told Insider, 80% of her diet is fruits. She is very vocal about her lifestyle – raw vegan diet and loves ‘living water’.
“I don’t drink tap water or bottled water. The idea behind it is that I want to hydrate my kidneys, my body, and myself on the cellular level. So I want to drink living water.”
‘Living water’ is water you get from fruits and vegetables that have high levels of water content in them like cucumbers, strawberries and watermelons.
Sophie believes tap water and bottled water are ‘full of toxins and chemicals’. She claims her life has transformed ever since she made the switch.
“I just don’t see the point of drinking plastic, bottled water when I have all these beautiful fruits.” she said. “Once you start drinking living water, you will understand and feel that you are not thirsty anymore because then finally your body gets what it needs.”
However, Prana does admit the change is not for everyone and can prove to be daunting for some.
Another influencer promoting dry fasting and giving up water is Latvian wellness influencer Alise Miksta who said her father told her to try it.
She posted an image on Instagram of herself drinking a fruit drink captioned: “I can’t believe it took my dad one year to convince me that food is just another attachment and conditioning, and that there are people living without water and food … crazy right?! I know, that’s what I thought! But not anymore.”
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For the first time i did 24h dry fast, (apart from 5sips of green tea around 11am when it got too cold) and I’m stoked. I didn’t feel hungry or thirsty and I was out working for 7h and walked to train station that took me just over an hour, one way. (28,000 steps 😉) I can’t believe it took my dad one year to convince me that food is just another attachment and conditioning and that there are people living without water and food… crazy right?! I know, that’s what I thought! But not anymore. I think it’s crazy that we are eating, drinking and sleeping loads and that’s supposed to be normal. I’m not saying I’m quitting food and drinking water… NOT YET! ☺️ 🧘🏽♀️ but I’m working on it 🧚🏽♀️ . . . having blueberry, spinach smoothie and I’m going out for long run 🏃🏽♀️ See you later, alligator! . . . . . . #vegan #rawvegan #smoothie #cleanfood #breatharian #prana #yoga #nature #fruitpower #marathonrunner #ultrarunner #veganrunner #london #dxb #mydubai #garmin #lululemon #nutribuller #latviete #latvian #explore #inspire
“I think it’s crazy that we are eating, drinking and sleeping loads and that’s supposed to be normal. I’m not saying I’m quitting food and drinking water … NOT YET! But I’m working on it.”
Talking to Vice Alise said drinking two liters of water a day is just a marketing technique. “I believe you don’t hydrate from water – water just cleanses,” she told Vice. “So if you eat raw food and fruits, you really don’t need water.”
Health experts are not sold on the idea and have raised concerns over the message being spread by these influencers.
Dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine told Insider: “This is one of the most ridiculous diet trends I have seen so far.”
“Telling people not to drink water is highly irresponsible and could lead to dehydration which can trigger headaches and cause constipation, muscle pain, lethargy, and even kidney problems.”
She continued: “I advise most of my patients to drink at least eight 200ml glasses of fluid a day (more if it’s hot or if they exercise) and encourage water as a fantastic sugar-free (and caffeine-free) option.”
When the health concerns were raised to Prana she admitted that they have to drink water but it is not tap or bottled water.
“Of course, we have to fuel our body with liquid.”
“Don’t drink tap water, empty toxic tap water. Just drink living water. It gives your body what it needs […] and this is fruit and juices and green. It’s electrolytes, minerals. It’s living water, coconut water.”
“So I’m not saying that we don’t have to drink, you have to drink, but we have to drink the right thing,” said Prana.