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I’m 77 & haven’t drunk water in 45 years – my raw foods diet has kept me healthy, I run 6 miles every day… – The Sun

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A VEGETARIAN man in his late seventies has revealed that it’s been 45 years since he last drank water.

He shared the unconventional diet that he follows to maintain 20/20 vision and avoid medicated health conditions.

Dr. Aris Latham has revealed how not drinking water for 45 years has affected his healthCredit: Instagram/arislife_
Dr. Aris said he started exclusively fresh foods as a teenager in the 1960s
Dr. Aris said he started exclusively fresh foods as a teenager in the 1960sCredit: The US Sun

Dr. Aris Latham boasts over 35,000 subscribers on YouTube and a further 257,000 followers on Instagram.

He has an honorary doctorate in Sunfired Food Sciences from the City University of Los Angeles and is considered to be the father of gourmet ethical raw foods cuisine in America.

The 77-year-old from Panama revealed to The U.S. Sun that his decision to eat raw foods was influenced by the Black Power movement when he was a teenager in the 1960s.

“BUSH FOOD” BEGINNINGS

Growing up, he ate “bush food” influenced by his family’s Jamaican and Bajan background. 

He revealed the markets in Panama were filled with a variety of foods from different Caribbean islands that he wouldn’t necessarily eat now. 

“The curry goat, oxtail, stew peas with pigtail, and a whole bunch of stuff, bun, rice and peas, whatever,” he said.

“As a kid, it was about the things falling off the trees, that were not on the plate that were exciting.

“As I say, a bushman, during those times, there were no refrigerators, no sophisticated cooking system.

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“We grew up with the kerosene stove and some kind of ice box.

“So whatever we caught today, harvested or caught, we had to eat it today if it’s fresh.

It’s hip to eat natural organic and to be sitting at the poker table and not farting because you just ate some cafeteria powdered mashed potatoes and canned beans.

Dr. Aris Latham

“Fast forward, landed from the rain forest at the age of 17 into inner city Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“Being a young inquisitive individual, I had exposure to soul food, sloppy joe, hot dogs, hamburgers, and all kinds of other SAD [Standard American Diet] foods.

“Six years later, I’m throwing everything out on the college campus, amid the Black Power movement.

I’m raising my kid a vegan but she can still have doughnuts if she wants – people slam me as a parent saying she’ll end up with a eating disorder

“Back to the land, the food in our hood is a weapon.

“It’s hip to eat natural organic and to be sitting at the poker table and not farting because you just ate some cafeteria powdered mashed potatoes and canned beans.”

GOING OFF ANIMALS

Dr. Aris said it’s been around 54 years since he last ate any foods containing animal products, including milk and eggs. 

Having developed a heart murmur while eating SAD, he said it took three years for the condition to go when he stopped eating fast food. 

He admits that his family initially wasn’t supportive of his decision to eat a predominantly plant-based diet.

“I was the pioneer in the family,” he said. “It was like, hey, get your own place, move out, and cook your own pot.

Dr. Aris said his heart murmur went after three years of quitting fast food
Dr. Aris said his heart murmur went after three years of quitting fast foodCredit: Instagram/arislife_

“And seeing what grandma and my mother did, they were great chefs in their own right but I didn’t want to do it that way.”

The food scientist remained committed to following a diet rooted in eating fresh foods while his friends went to college and the Vietnam War.

He remembers there being co-ops in his neighborhood where people could get organic foods from other areas of the country and learn about vegetarianism.

Dr. Aris said that he doesn’t describe himself as a vegan because his dietary choice isn’t related to animal rights.

THE SUN’S HIS CHEF

Six years after starting a plant-based diet, he decided to throw out his stove. 

He coined the term “sun-fired” to describe foods that have been cooked by the sun.

“We’re talking 48 years now of being stove-less, of not eating any foods that have been, basically, turned into drugs,” he said.

I decided it’s about eating sunshine and since I can’t jump up and grab a bite of the sun, I’m gonna grab these sundrops.

Dr. Aris Latham

“I got very deep into the science of what was called raw food or living food or unfired foods, foods that are not cooked.”

He said food such as red peppers, avocados, and tomatoes don’t need to be cooked on the stove.

“Who is the great engineer, who is that wonderful chef that cooks for everyone on the planet?” he said. 

“Well, it must be some godlike power, and the most tangible thing I could associate it with is the sun.

“I’ve seen how the sun comes into my neighborhood from a child, I’ve seen my bananas how they turn from one day to the next.

Is it dangerous not to drink water?

According to MedicalNewsToday, the average person can survive without water for about three days.

Several factors influence how much water a person may need including age, activity level, height, weight, and sex.

A person who eats water-rich foods such as fruits, juices, or vegetables may not need to drink as much water as someone who eats dry foods.

Hydration is essential for the body to function correctly.

Side effects of dehydration:

  • Sluggishness or lack of energy
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Heatstroke and heat cramps
  • Stiff joints
  • Raised or otherwise unregulated body temperature
  • Swelling in the brain
  • Sharp changes in blood pressure
  • Seizures

“So something is going on, the sun is the only chef on the planet who cooks for us all.

“I decided it’s about eating sunshine and since I can’t jump up and grab a bite of the sun, I’m gonna grab these sundrops.

“When I’m eating these foods, I’m looking to do an efficient scientific transfer of the solar energy from these foods into my body.

When I am eating a watermelon, which is 99% water, I’m actually drinking.

Dr. Aris Latham

“And based on my research, if I cook these foods, I kill them, I destroy the sun out of them.

“I won’t be able to take the seeds from this pepper and drop it in the soil and get more peppers.

“I won’t be able to take my cucumber seeds and get more cucumbers or more tomatoes. I kill it.

“But if I take that raw fresh carrot and stick it in the earth, it’s gonna grow. It’s gonna keep reproducing.”

Dr, Aris said he starts his day with coconut water and drinks a gallon of fruit or vegetable juice throughout the day
Dr, Aris said he starts his day with coconut water and drinks a gallon of fruit or vegetable juice throughout the dayCredit: The US Sun

EATING HIS WATER

Dr. Aris said it’s equally important for his diet to include oxygen-rich foods such as apples.

He juices a large amount of his food and only consumes water that has been “structured by the sun.”

“Nutrient number one is sunshine, number two is oxygen, and three is liquid,” he said.

“The great engineer, Mother Earth, and the sun working together packing sky juice, rainwater into my peppers, my cucumber, my pears, my strawberries, my watermelon.

“When I am eating a watermelon, which is 99% water, I’m actually drinking.

“I’m drinking water but not just any old water, no blank, empty water.

Normally I fast once a week every Saturday and give my digestive system a rest because the body cannot digest and eliminate simultaneously.

Dr. Aris Latham

“I’m clocking about 45 years of not having drunk H2O, that’s unstructured water.

“I’m rocking with my H302, orange juice, right about now. The orange tree is the filter.

“I am a micro planet myself, I’m 70% water I gotta rock 70% liquid every day.

“But I want that structured water. If I’m gonna drink eight glasses of water, let it count.

“Let it have vitamins, minerals, sugar, all of these essential things that make my life tick.

“Why should I use up my body’s capacity as to how much volume I can put into it and load it up with eight glasses of water a day?

“Somebody’s trying to dilute me, water dilutes everything it comes in contact with.

“I’m not being diluted, full capacity and probably fuller than even many of my younger years.

“You know, the brain is firing, the heart is firing, the lungs are firing.”

EXERCISING SEPTUAGENARIAN

Dr. Aris revealed all of his fruit and vegetables come from his 700-acre farm, which has 38,000 coconut trees.

He has a team of young men who help to nurture the 70 varieties of fruits grown.

“I’m not swimming and diving anymore,” he said. “So I have to be careful of the foods I put in my body.

“I keep up with my little running, three to six miles every day, and riding my bike.”

DAILY DIET

He revealed he usually consumes juices up until midday and will drink a gallon before the day ends.

“Normally I fast once a week every Saturday and give my digestive system a rest because the body cannot digest and eliminate simultaneously,” he said.

“And of course, like all of us, I fast once a day when I’m sleeping for eight hours.

“When I wake up, I reach for my coconut water.

Dr. Aris said he fasts every Saturday to allow his body to digest
Dr. Aris said he fasts every Saturday to allow his body to digestCredit: The US Sun

“I put substance into my body. Between 6 am and 6 pm, I’m rocking with the sunshine, so early afternoon I do my fruits.

“Fruits that are not just high in sugar and a whole bunch of moisture, but also foods that have seeds in them.

“I would say about 85% of my intake is foods that contain seeds, cucumbers, avocados, tomatoes, bananas, peppers, all of these things.

“I would have a fruit salad in the early afternoon with some kind of fat.

“So if it’s a vegetable, fruit salad, cucumber, bell peppers, apple can go in there as well.

“Zucchini, lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, then I put some avocado with rich, nice fat or I make coconut cream.

“Then by four o’clock, I would have my dinner. So we’re talking a nice good solid vegetable salad with protein.

“So I’m pretty much into fruits, vegetables, and protein.

“No grains on my plate, no starch on my plate, no deep roots on my plate, no beans on my plate.

“No issue with my sugar, blood pressure, nothing of that sort because I don’t eat the starches.

“Diabetes, kidney stones, a whole bunch of stuff going on, calcification, rheumatoid arthritis, the list goes on for all of these offshoots of these complicated foods.

“I run on sugar. Human beings, we run on sugar. We just gotta get up and burn it.

“Sit on the couch after you eat those potatoes and let them sit on you, they’re gonna hold you back.

“Don’t be carrying around 50 pounds of excess waste from food that you’ve eaten 30 or 40 years ago. 

“It’s just excess baggage, fermenting, petrifying, decaying.”

JUICE ALL DAY

Dr. Aris left his teaching career behind at age 29 to focus on his business teaching sunfire foods, culinary arts, and science.

The innovator has traveled across the world to countries including India, Africa, and Brazil.

He said most of the people around him have a similar diet, so he’s usually hosting meals rather than socializing in spaces where he wouldn’t want to eat or drink.

He drinks gallons of his juices before boarding a flight and chooses a seat close to the restroom to avoid having to consume what’s been served on the plane.

“If I can find some fresh orange juice or fruit that’s what I get,” he said.

“But no, I don’t want any prepared food. I don’t eat out, period, It’s been over 30 years.

“I must know what goes into my body. I don’t compromise.

“You let me anywhere in the world and I’m gonna find the fresh food joint.

“I normally have one or two pieces of equipment with me, even if it’s just a blender. Pull out my blender and I get busy.”

PICTURE OF HEALTH

“I’m not sick, [I have] 20/20 vision, and my brain, it’s growing, not shrinking,” he said.

“No pre-Alzheimer’s here, no wax on the brain, no mucus on the brain.

“No cholesterol in the system. None of that kind of stuff. No calcification, no inflammation, no salt in my body.

“I’m living by the sea right now and when I look at the metal around me I see how the salt from the sea is corroding, rusting metal.

“What the heck do you think salt does to my body?

“That’s why I can’t eat out. Everything is laced with salt.

“It is not food, it just paralyzes your taste buds and makes you eat things that you don’t like.

“A whole bunch of things go disguised as being fresh and good and healthy.”

Dr. Aris said he hasn't eaten out at a restaurant in over 30 years
Dr. Aris said he hasn’t eaten out at a restaurant in over 30 yearsCredit: The US Sun

Dr. Aris advised anyone who wants to eat healthier to take a look at the US Department of Agriculture’s food and nutrition guidelines.

He said the food pyramid which included five pieces of fruit and vegetables has become “outdated.”

“The USDA says my plate should be 50% fruits and vegetables,” he said. 

“Then they say the other half of your plate should be protein. They don’t even mention animal protein.

“They’re telling you it’s cool to be a vegetarian. They don’t even say starch anymore or even complex carbohydrates.

“The glass of milk is not even part of the plate.”

Dr. Aris understands that not everyone may want to overhaul their diet but he said people should “respect” that they’ve been given recommendations for how to live a healthy life.

He added that detoxing the body with dietary changes is a “big job.”

“I invented an entire cuisine and the science behind it,” he said.

“Ethical gourmet raw food cuisine according to the documents in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.

“They have acclaimed me as the father of ethical gourmet raw food cuisine and I’ve been bestowed an honorary doctorate.

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“I am not into healing, I’m not a medical doctor you should be coming looking to for help with any disease.

“You’re coming to me to learn how to defend your life one bite at a time and how not to get sick.”

Dr. Aris said he runs up to six miles every day and often rides his bike
Dr. Aris said he runs up to six miles every day and often rides his bikeCredit: Instagram/arislife_

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