We all know we need to drink water to survive, but one man claims he drank his last sip of water, or any kind of liquids for that matter, over three years ago.
Peter Filak, a former registered nurse and current webcam model, says he had his last sip of water on May 5, 2012.
He has had a few slips in the early days of his liquid-free lifestyle; some sodas and chocolate milks but after managing to control his urges, he has relied solely on fruits and vegetables for his nutrition and hydration needs.
“Especially as I went into a raw fruit and vegetable diet, I would be waking up two to three times a night to pee. So it just didn’t make sense to me. I did not understand why I had to be drinking all that water,” Filak wrote on his website, More Apples a Day.
The 26-year-old simply does not believe in hydration anymore, claiming that chemicals like chlorine and fluoride which are commonly used to purify drinking water are just too much for his body.
The radical change did not just come to him, one day. He told VICE that he began this “process of self-education” at a very young age.
In third grade, he had already decided he did not want to consume alcohol or do drugs and he later became a vegan, which did not sit too well with his parents, at first.
“The general consensus was that I was being a moron, I have always had revelations with my parents. When I told them I was a vegan, my mum was crying, my dad was upset, they said I had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and that there was something seriously wrong with me.”
Now, however, both his parents are vegans, although they do consume liquids.
If you are wondering about Peter Filak’s ultimate reason for going water-free, it’s because he wants to live to reach 150 years old.
It’s a bold dream that has been brewing in him for a long time, and he seems pretty confident his bizarre diet will help him fulfil it.
He currently survives on 800 to 1,000 calories per day, made up solely of fruits and vegetables. There are secondary benefits as well, he says, one being that he does not spend any time in the kitchen, but also that he allegedly does not sweat or produce any bad odours.
Although he does preach his unconventional lifestyle on his blog, Filak says he does not push anyone to adopt it, or even buy his way of thinking. “I always tell people, ‘see for yourself.’
“I was very cynical for a while, calling everyone a moron. I embraced what made sense and what was obvious to me. I have come to understand I can’t force my perspective on others. I’d rather people educate themselves,” he said.
Very few people do actually agree with him, least of all nutritionists.
“Dehydration is very serious. Water has fluoride, which is important for dental health. It cleanses our palates, contributes to important bodily functions, help our kidneys. I could list 20 critical functions of fluid,” Lisa Sasson, clinical associate professor of nutrition at New York University told VICE.