Health experts warn of a ‘dangerous’ and ‘ridiculous’ new dietary trend that promotes stopping water.
The practice known as ‘dry fasting’ causes users to stop drinking agua and only uses ‘living water’, such as fresh fruit juice.
Proponents claim it cures a multitude of diseases, including sinus infections, skin problems, swollen eyes, and digestive problems.
Some welfare influencers even suggest that dry fasting organs ‘rest’, increase the production of stem cells and fight inflammation.
But doctors, nutritionists, and dietitians say the diet craze doesn’t do any of those things and not drinking water can lead to dehydration, urinary tract infections, kidney failure and – in some cases – death.
Wellness influencers such as Sophie Prana (photo) promote ‘dry fasting’, which encourages followers to completely cut out water
Welfare influencers such as Alice Copilet (photo) claim that practice erases the skin, improves digestion, restes organs and fights inflammation
Various social media influencers promote dry fasting, including Sophie Prana, Alice Copilet and Alise Miksta.
‘I had extreme swelling in my face and joints, as well as bags. I was so swollen that I looked sick, “Prana, a 35-year-old nutrition coach and yoga teacher living in Bali, told Caters New Agency.
“A friend who had tried dry fasting suggested it, and I thought I’d give it a try. Almost immediately the ramparts started to get better ‘.
Prana and others claim that drinking tap water or bottled water “overworks” the kidneys and flushes nutrients out of the body.
Health experts say such claims are incorrect.
“This is one of the most ridiculous dietary trends I’ve seen so far,” dietician Nichola Ludlam-Raine told DailyMail.com.
“Telling people not to drink water is very irresponsible.”
Although there are few studies on the benefits of practices such as dry fasting, there are several complications that can result from not drinking enough water.
Water makes up around 60 percent of the human body and is needed to promote digestion, flush toxins and produce essential body fluids such as saliva.
The main complication of not drinking enough water is dehydration, which can cause side effects such as headache, fatigue and dry skin – and fainting.
Proponents including Alise Miksta (photo) say that they only consume ‘living water’, mainly fruit juice
But health experts say the trend is “dangerous” and can lead to dehydration, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones. Pictured: Prana
It can also cause bad breath because water facilitates saliva production, flushing out bacteria that can damage the teeth and gums.
More seriously, a lack of water can lead to kidney problems.
Water flushes out waste and acids in the body. Dehydration leads to an accumulation of these toxins in the body that can block the kidneys.
Dehydration can, according to the National Kidney Foundation, also lead to kidney stones and urinary tract infections, both of which can cause kidney damage.
“The best way to prevent urinary tract infections is to urinate frequently by drinking water and not drinking enough water, which allows the kidneys to work extra hard,” nutritionist Tammy Lakatos-Shame told DailyMail.com.
Many doctors and nutritionists even believe that people do not drink enough water.
A 2013 study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that 43 percent of Americans drink less than four cups of water a day.
Ludlam-Raine says she advises her customers to drink at least six cups of liquid a day and encourages water as the best option.
“We have the privilege of living in a country with easily accessible drinking water, and I cannot believe that social media influencers encourage others not to drink it,” she said.