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Raw Water is the Latest Drinking Trend That We Don't Totally Understand

By: Kelly Meyers

January 4, 2018

It's a new year and that means there will be a bunch of new health trends and diets for us to try. There's one that's getting a lot of attention all over social media and it definitely made me curious.

The internet is raging about "raw water." Wait, isn't all water raw? What is raw water? 

Raw water is water that hasn’t been treated, filtered or processed in any way.

It is essentially water straight from a spring. There's a reason that the water that comes into our homes via the tap or bottle has been treated. It helps kill off water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid fever.

The trend is apparently spreading across the country pretty quickly.

By the way, this probably isn't the most safe decision. Drinking untreated water (and the pathogens that can lurk within it) could expose Americans to disease outbreaks once again, according to the CDC’s Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch.