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Raw Water Wars

Last week I created some controversy throughout the raw food movement with a video that I posted about a type of bottled water that has come out labelled as “raw”.

The video generated a lot of responses both positive and negative.

Some people were really happy that I take the time to expose some of the absurd claims that are out there in the raw food movement, while others were VERY angry about my criticism of their “living” water.

Although I don’t intend to bring up the specific product in question, I haven’t said the last word on the subject and I will be launching a new website in the near future debunking many claims made about water in general.

  • Is water living?
  • What kind of water is best to drink?
  • Do I need “alkaline” water?
  • Should I be concerned about the quality of my water?

These are some of the things I will be talking about soon.

One thing that’s for sure is that there’s a lot of BS out there, and the complete state of confusion of the raw-food movement makes it very difficult for a newbie to find out what to do.

Some people might sound very convincing in their speeches, but upon further analysis you’ll quickly realize that they have no substance behind their claims.

When someone claims that drinking a particular type of water will give you a “completely new bloodstream”, and that unless you drink that water your “spinal fluid is not really alive,” I believe something ought to be said!

Regarding water, one point I did not cover is the following:

When you follow a raw food diet and eat at least 80 to 90% fruits and vegetables, the type of water you drink doesn’t matter as much as we’d like to think!


Because your requirements for drinking actual water will be greatly diminished.

Unless I’m living in the tropics or engaging in particularly strenuous types of activities, I don’t even need to drink that much additional water.

In fact, many animals in the wild (including gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos) drink almost no water, because they get all the liquid they need from fruits and greens.

The main thing you want about your water to be is pure. That is, reasonably free of impurities, inorganic minerals, organisms and toxins.

Beyond that, there’s actually very little real evidence to prove that any other kind of water will make a major difference in your health.

Even drinking “alkaline” versus “acidic” water is not something you should be worried about when eating mostly fruits and vegetables, because that diet in itself is extremely alkaline-forming, and the PH of your water will not affect the PH of your body the slightest bit.

More important than the water you drink (assuming you have reasonably pure water) is the food you eat, the amount of sleep you get and your levels of stress in your body.

Remember to enjoy superior health, you need to be eating *at least* 80 to 90% raw fruits and vegetables.

That way, you’ll be getting most of the water you need from your food, and your requirements for water will be way less, ensuring you are sufficiently hydrated and well nourished.

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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.