You are thirsty. You walk into your local grocery store to discover an ENTIRE aisle that is dedicated to water. There are so many different kinds, flavors and bottles! There is an overwhelming choice to quench that thirst! But what does it all mean?! Where do you begin?
This article provides a clear understanding of the different types of waters available to you and hopefully this will help you to choose the best water for your health!
Spring water comes from an underground source from which water naturally rises to the surface. Spring water has been filter by the earth and the natural process is better than any human/mechanical means. This water often provides trace minerals that your body needs.
This is spring water. Artesian water comes from a well that is dug in the earth. When the well is dug, the internal pressure from the hole causes the water to shoot out like a fountain.
This describes water that has undergone a specific filtration method. With high pressure, water is pushed through a plastic membrane with tiny holes. This common method is used in many water bottling facilities. Water that is filtered in this way can lose the minerals that are naturally occurring.
Alkaline water has been ionized (removing one or more electrons from an atom molecule or substance). This increases the pH level of the water to is somewhere between 8 to 10. There are numerous benefits that can be obtained from alkaline water. The oxidation reduction potential makes this water an anti-oxidant.
Tap water contains heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine and hundreds of chemicals, many of which are not measured or regulated. If tap water is unfiltered, often it has too many toxic metals and chemicals in it to be good as drinking water. Even filtered tap water can still leave you with fluoride and medications that are not regulated by city water systems.
Drinking water is also known as tap water. It is recommended that you do not waste money on this water that you could more easily get out of your tap. Of course it is filtered and is drinkable, but is is less expensive to filter your own water at home.
Distilled water has a intense process of filtration to strip it of any contaminants, but it also takes away any natural minerals. When water is distilled, it is boiled and condensed. One problem to be aware of is that distilled water tends to grab and hold onto minerals in the body. It can help remove some toxic chemicals and metals, but if taken for too long, it can also drain the body of much needed minerals.
Mineral water is found in nature and has some dissolved salts present. The FDA classifies mineral water as water containing at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids. No minerals can be added to this water. However, in some locations, the term “mineral water” is used to mean any bottled water that is
carbonated (soda water), as opposed to tap water.
Sparkling Mineral Water
This type of water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had when it emerged from its source. That is what makes it fizzy!
Well water is water that is found and drawn from the ground and can be contaminated. If the location of the well is close to industry or agriculture grounds then the chemicals that are used there can get into the water. But even living at a distance from these facilities can expose one to excess minerals such as
iron and manganese. High levels of these minerals can create a toxicity.
Staying hydrated is so important with good health!