Man Stays Alive With Water and Soda for the Last 17 Years

For an Iranian man, a nutritious diet consists of slurping on sweetened fizzy drinks and cups of water. Gholamreza Ardeshiri, 58, said that he has stopped eating food since 2006 and it’s the liquids that keep him going strong.

Ardeshiri feels nauseous when he sees a plate of food and it’s beverages like Pepsi and Coca-Cola that have satiated his appetite for the last 17 years.

He switched his dietary plan in 2006 when he woke up one night with an odd sensation in his mouth and he couldn’t get to the bottom of the discomfort. Doctors weren’t useful in getting to the root of the symptom. He visited several specialists who weren’t able to diagnose his condition or provide treatment.

“I had a strange feeling, I felt like an object like hair was inside my mouth, I felt that the head of this hair was inside my mouth and the end was inside my stomach, no matter what I did, it was not possible to remove this hair,” Ardeshiri said. “It was like the hair was tugging in my throat and I felt like I was suffocating, it was so tight that I didn’t know what to do. I can’t really describe it, but it felt crazy.”

After some experimentation, he made the decision to avoid food completely and that drastic step helped him lead a life of normalcy. His discomfort with food keeps him out of the family table since the mere sight of it gets his tummy turning in agony. His family does their best to not eat in his presence and he is usually stocked up with carbonated drinks.

He drinks three large bottles of soda per day and hunger is a foreign feeling to him. Ardeshiri claims he doesn’t feel hungry despite not taking a bite out of anything.

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Rather than feeling depleted in his energy levels, Ardeshiri claims that after he drank a glass of soda, he feels a boost in energy like never before. The sugar high means he only sleeps four hours every night and spends his night binging on TV or solving puzzles. After the increased energy levels, Ardeshiri came to the conclusion that soda is the cure to his symptoms and it would be a better alternative to food.

The dietary change has helped him lose 32 kilos and he hasn’t developed any serious health concerns since adopting the new lifestyle.

Ardeshiri isn’t oblivious to the risks related to his excessive sugar consumption as he routinely goes to the doctor for health checkups. An endoscopy has confirmed his health status.

We may be able to successfully clean toilets with the abundance of chemicals found in sodas. However, for Ardeshiri, Coca-Cola is his path to longevity.