The latest trend in food and drink is one that you may not fully understand. While you may have held onto hope that 2018 would lean away from the outrageous trends of previous years, you probably should have known better. Now, the latest trends will have the masses drinking "raw water" and no we are not kidding.
What is "raw water" you might ask? Well, it's a new movement that has started on the west coast of America, where people are trying to "get off the water grid." This so-called beneficial product is supposed to be unfiltered, unsterilized, untreated spring water. Apparently this gives it a probiotic quality that is good for your health.
The founder of Live Water, one of the companies who sells this "raw water," has some strong words about tap water. "Tap water? You're drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them," Mukhande Singh, founder of Live Water told the NY Times. "Chloramine, and on top of that they're putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it's a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health."
Live Water sells "raw water" in 2.5 gallon jugs for $36.99 and then you can refill it for $14.99. Singh's Live Water is unlike your regular bottled water because it has an expiration date of only one month. "It stays most fresh within one lunar cycle of delivery," he said. "If it sits around too long, it'll turn green. People don't even realize that because all their water's dead, so they never see it turn green."
There are also people installing systems in their house that collect their own water. The system called Zero Mass Water pulls moisture from the atmosphere and filters it into a container so you don't have to have it chemically treated. However doctors have a completely different take on this trend...
Doctor Donald Hensrud of the Healthy Living Program at the May Clinic is worried that it may increase the risks of parasites, carcinogenic compounds, E. coli bacteria and viruses."Without water treatment, there's acute and then chronic risks. There's evidence all over the world of this, and the reason we don't have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment."
The obsession over the chemicals in the water has brought together conspiracy theorists who believe that fluoride was used to control people's minds. Vanessa Kuemmerle, an early adopter of the "raw water" said, "Fluoride? It's a deathly toxic chemical. They're health-conscious people that understand the bigger picture of what's going on. Everyone's looking for an edge: nootropics, Bulletproof coffee, better water."
Kuemmerle claims that it has been helping her. "My skin's plumper," she said. "And I feel like I'm getting better nutrition from the food I eat."
US treatment facilities were established in 1908 and have been able to remove dangerous chemicals that cause anything from diarrhea to cholera. Would you be willing to try this new trend? Or are you happy to stick with your treated water?