The “Breathingists”, the couple who have decided to stop eating daily to feed on the “energy of the universe”

Release of food and starvation indeed sounds unrealistic and, from what we know of modern biology, almost impossible. But the history of science has shown us many times that the impossible can become possible in an instant.

A great example of this is the recent discovery that human beings can actually influence their autonomic nervous system through the power of the mind.

Akahi Ricardo, 36, and his wife Camila Castello, 34, are a couple who claim to feed on the “energy of the universe.” They live between California and Ecuador and are the parents of two children, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.

They are what is known as “Breatharians”, which in Spanish would be something like breatharianism. The couple believe that food and water are not necessary and that human beings can survive solely on the energy of the universe.

They assure that they only have three meals a week, which consist of a little vegetable broth or a piece of fruit, and they say they have spent three years without eating anything.

“For three years, Akahi and I didn’t eat anything and now we only eat once in a while when we’re in a social situation or if we just feel like some fruit,” says Camila.

Akahi and Camila discovered this “lifestyle” through a friend on a trip to South America. They had been vegetarians for years, then switched to a raw diet and later vegans, before eating only fruit.

In 2008, they went through a 21-day “breathing” period, which consisted of taking nothing but air for the first seven days, and some water and diluted juice for the next two weeks. And they assure that since that stage they have never felt hungry again.

Camila has followed this practice even while pregnant, and says she was open to changing her diet for her son’s health, but since she didn’t feel hungry, she decided to continue.

“My blood tests during all three trimesters were flawless and I gave birth to a healthy boy.” “I didn’t feel the need or desire to eat solid food for the entire nine months, so I only ate five times, all in social situations.”

After the birth of their son, Akahi and Camila relaxed their diet so they can enjoy some family meals, but they only do so in very small quantities.

Their children are aware of Breatharianism and the energy that exists in the universe, but they assure them that they will let them eat whatever they want, be it juices, vegetables, pizza or ice cream. They want them to explore their own tastes and have a healthy relationship with food.

Now the couple eat three times a week “at most”, and say that their lifestyle has improved their health, that they feel healthier and happier, and emotionally stable. They say they can afford to spend money on things that really matter, like traveling and exploring the world together.

Breathariansim refers to the practice of keeping oneself without food, but this concept is not new. In fact, for thousands of years, various cultures around the world have written in this capacity. In the third book of the Yoga Sutras, for example, approximately 25 Siddhis are listed as having extraordinary abilities. This is a common theme in Buddhism, and various other spiritual traditions.

Some brilliant minds like Nikola Tesla, make believe that it is possible. In 1901, he made the following argument:

“My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without food and that will not be shackled by consequent limitations. Why can’t a living being be able to obtain all the energy it needs for performance? of its vital functions from the environment, rather than through the consumption of food, and transform, through a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?

Likewise, although several studies have shown the benefits of short periods of fasting for health, they also show the dangers of such drastic practices.

Did you know ‘Breatharianism’? Do you think it can be a healthy practice? Would you be able to do something like that?

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