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Q. Kindly explain about raw water and how is it different from other types of water.

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 21, 2018

Hello doctor,

What is raw water and how is it different from the tap, spring, and other types of water? What are the perceived benefits and dangers of drinking raw water? When did this fad start? Have you ever seen a patient getting sick by drinking raw water?

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Hi,

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Raw water consumption has become quite a thing recently, particularly in certain parts of the united states and among people depending on or advocating alternative or herbal medicine. It is unprocessed and totally natural water so it is high in salt contents and other constituents that prevent or slow down cellular aging, however this is just theoretical with no published results.

It differs from filtered water and spring water in its high salt contents and silica and lacking chlorine and fluoride which are usually found in processed water. Also, the main difference is that it contains many pathogenic organisms ranging from bacteria to parasites causing various diseases and serious infections some of which are life-threatening. Namely, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, leptospirosis, shigellosis, schistosomiasis, cholera, amoebiasis, etc. I have heard of many cases of raw water making people sick. Cases of typhoid, amoebiasis, and cholera which are water borne diseases are quite prevalent in some areas.


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