Since when are there different types of water – water is water – right?! It’s actually the complete opposite. The variety of water available on the market now spans more than the imagination can hold. From flavoured, to Vitamin-infused water – all the way through to water containing flavour bubbles (I’m on the fence about that one) – water is a never-ending story of change. However, we’re going to have a closer look at the different types of still, clean water there is out there and how each can benefit some aspect of your health. Just remember these two tips: Almost any type of filtered / purified water is better than tap water – and any water is better than no water!
Reverse Osmosis Water
This type of water has gained a snowballing-effect of popularity of late; it’s proving to be the most effective and least-chemical containing type of water purification systems out there. You can find an exceptionally detailed explanation of this process here – but in short – Reverse Osmosis (R.O) is the separation of the two components of water itself. It is the splitting of the two Hydrogen and one Oxygen atoms. This is one of the healthiest ways to purify water – and only requires mineral re-injection to improve taste once it’s completed. Great type of product to look out for if you are health-conscious in terms of chemicals. This type of water can usually retail at a lower price in part due to the fact there is no expensive chemical purchase required – only an initial layout of costs on R.O machinery.
Distillationinvolves the boiling of water (an age old solution to removing bacteria and unwanted pathogens from water) and capturing the condensation from the steam it gives off. The condensation is what is used as the final product. This is also a relatively cheap method of water purification. If this is done on a large scale, there are usually further purification steps before this – to remove sediment and larger bodies that may be present in the water. However, doing this at home, you may want to perform some sort of hard filtration to further purify your water. The taste remains unaffected as there are no additives more removal of the taste-affecting components. Also a great option for those who try to avoid ingesting chemicals. Distilled water is usually suggested when using oxygen machines as it contains no chemicals or mineral deposits that may do harm to the machine, nor it’s user.
Freedrinkingwater.com elaborated on ionised water to a great extent. Ionisation, also known as Electrolysis occurs when both negatively and positively charged ions are added to the water by means of electrodes. Given that water naturally contains both negative and positive ions, the injection of extras will allow for other an increased or decreased pH of the water. While this process, by strict terms, is not a purification process as such, Wall Street Journal reports that “Chanson Water USA, a Laguna Hills, Calif., unit of Chanson Taiwan LLC, says on its website that its ionized water has smaller clusters of water molecules than ordinary water and these “microclusters” are better able to “penetrate into more places in the body.” This could allow for a major spin-off in health benefits – like increased energy and counteracting the effects of acidic substances in our bodies. So, if that is your priority, try some ionised water for a while.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that purified water and sterilised water are one in the same. Purified water is in fact water that has been filtered or processed, by means of mechanical assistance, to remove both physical bodies and invisible impurities to make it suitable for human consumption. It involves no chemical additives to prepare the water. R.O as listed above is one part of purifying water, and companies have vast an varied methods of purifying their own water. This is a great type of water to use for babies and the elderly – as there are no risky chemicals to worry about.
Sterilised water carries a broad meaning. Sterilisation can occur by means of chemical additives, heat treatment, high pressure sterilisation methods or filtration. The fact that it covers such a wide variety of allowed methods can be a factor you may want to consider further. Sterilisation, in all aspects, means the removal of unwanted bodies, like viruses, bacteria, fungus, spores etc. from the water, by a varied process. Be aware of water marked as “sterilised” – it may still contain trace amounts of mercury and lead – elements which cannot be removed by the traditional methods associated with water sterilisation. For this reason, sterilised water normally undergoes further purification processes to better the quality of the end product.
Spring water is quite self-explanatory; it is water sourced directly from a naturally occurring, moving body of water – like springs. It can allude to a very pleasant mental image of water gushing out a sparkling spring in the middle of a forest; although his water is naturally and sustainable sourced, many companies bottle the water on site. This can lead to a lack of stringent purification and sterilisation measures – and some reports suggest that this water is not as pure as we initially thought.
Mineral water, quite simply put, is any type of water that has had mineral additives added to it, or retains the naturally occurring mineral salts it already contains.
Tap water, or municipally supplied water, ranks lowest on any trustworthy scale of water quality. It is pumped full of dangerous chemicals – to the point where the chemicals can be smelled and tasted in the water. It is never recommended to drink tap water; however, if this is your on and only source of water – drink it. Some water is better than no water, remember. If alternate water sources, like water coolers or bottled water are not available, opt for a cheaper home based water filtration system.
In all fairness, if you are drinking the right amount of water per day – it’s good enough. However, stepping up your game might have more of an impact on your life than you think.
Beatcancer.org also has a great article on water types and their various benefits.
Weigh up your options and try some alternative types of water – you might be pleasantly surprised