Drink water. It’s the answer for everything.
Tired? Drink water. Hungry? Drink water. Have a headache? Drink water.
It’s good advice, given that hydration is absolutely vital to our bodies and without it we won’t survive. However, one man claims that drinking any life-sustaining beverage isn’t something he’ll ever do again.
Peter Filak, a former nurse and current blogger and webcam model says he hasn’t had any beverages — save for a few sodas and glasses of milk — since May 5, 2012 at 5 p.m. He now subsists on a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables that clock in around 800-1,000 calories a day.
The reason for ditching water, he says, is to avoid chemicals and all of the extra peeing that comes with drinking liquid.
“Even when you’re filtering water, you’re taking out one chemical and putting in another… [especially] the filtered water where chlorine and fluoride and all those other happy things are added to it,” he wrote on his now-deleted blog, More Apples a Day, according to Vice. “Especially as I went into a raw fruit and vegetable diet, I’d be waking up two to three times a night to pee. So it just didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t understand why I had to be drinking all that water.”
The 26-year-old told Vice that an added benefit is that he doesn’t sweat or “produce any odor.”
The reason he hasn’t died from dehydration? The whole fruits and vegetables he eats do give him some liquid, but it’s very unlikely that he is getting enough to fuel his body, let alone replenish what he naturally loses each day.
“Any diet that excludes any food group is a fad and completely unsustainable,” Lisa Sasson, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at New York University, told Vice. “Dehydration is very serious. Water has fluoride, which is important for dental health. It cleanses our palates, contributes to important bodily functions, helps our kidneys. I could list 20 critical functions of fluid.”
In short: Don’t try this at home.