Drinking raw water is a bad idea

Raw water is one of the dumbest wellness trends yet

Raw water is one of the dumbest wellness trends yet

"Raw water" advocates claim that the processes used to treat tap water are not uniformly safe.

Recently, a flurry of startups has sprung up which supply "raw" water to people at expensive rates.

Silicon Valley is developing a "raw water" obsession. Raw water continues to sell out in San Francisco, where the price of a 2.5-gallon orb has jumped from $36.99 to $60.99 due to insistent demand. Experts say drinking untreated drinking water can lead to serious health consequences. But health experts have warned against such practices claiming that the bacteria generally found in water can have a slow but extreme impact on the health of humans, so consuming raw water can be extremely unsafe for health. Hepatitis A, E. coli, and cholera can also be spread by drinking unfiltered water, Marler said.

Saying that, however, there are reasons why western society is living longer than ever in the 21st century and one of those is most definitely treating bloody water. Cases like the travesty in Flint, Michigan, are very real, and they bring with them very real health consequences. "People don't even realise that because all their water's dead, so they never see it turn green". The draw for raw water fans is what they're not getting from the taps. The Food and Drug Administration regulates water that is bottled and sold to consumers.

Many people are not so convinced about the validity of this fad. According to Fortune, the water turns green if not consumed within a month, so that's probably not an empty claim.

Mukhande Singh, founder of Live Water, also argues that stripping out the "bad" stuff from water when treating it, leaves you short on nutrients and minerals too.

The CDC site lists several types of highly unpleasant gastrointestinal illnesses that can be contracted from drinking contaminated water, including salmonella, rotovirus, norovirus and giardia. Well, if you're to listen to the founder of Live Water, it sounds as though Big Water is just using good ol' tap juice as an easy opportunity to keep you under their control. You know what all these things have in common?

The minerals available in raw water are available in a healthy diet.

Yes, modern progressives are basically 1950s John Birch'ers who believe in a government conspiracy to poison or control us with fluoride in tap water.

"Clean water has made such a difference in people's life expediencies in the United States and other industrialized countries, so I can't imagine why you would want to drink water that wasn't and thereby endanger your health", Francl said. "Now is that because I saw it come off the roof, and anything from the roof feels special?"