What is the best type of water to drink?
Who ever thought that different types of water could be more or less beneficial than their counterparts? Truth is, the five major water types all have vastly different properties and benefits on our overall health, and while they will all hydrate us when we drink enough throughout the day, it’s worth looking into their specific properties and perhaps looking to gravitate to one type that will serve you best.
Below, we outline the five major types of water (excluding tap water entirely from this list) and how they can benefit you directly:
Mineral water “contains up to four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water. One study found that people whose drinking water was low in magnesium were able to lower their blood pressure by drinking a litre of mineral water every day.”
While mineral water has gotten a bad rap of late, it does have benefits. However, considering the above statement (an except from quickanddirtytips.com), we cannot solely rely on this type of water for essential mineral intake. Increasing your intake of this type of water, coupled with magnesium and calcium supplements should do the trick.
However, this type of water should be kept far away from deposit-building appliances, like kettles, irons and coffee machines. The added calcium will cause a lime-scale build up when used too often.
“Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea. Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.”
This except has been extracted from mercola.com indicates a few things, but firstly understanding that distilled water is simply water that has had many of its impurities removed through distillation.
Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container.
This type of water, as mentioned above, is great if you (for example) have a bladder infection and need to keep hydrated. This type of water will assist in helping the infection move past, but as soon as possible after the infection has cleared, drinking of purified water is suggested.
A possible reason distilled water may be sufficient at drawing toxins is that it contains no additives, and as such can bond with toxins and allow for quicker detoxification.
“Deionized water, is simply water from which the ions have been removed. Ordinary water contains many ions, such as Cu2+, Ca2+, and Mg2+. These ions most commonly are removed using an ion exchange process. Deionized water may be used in laboratory situations where the presence of ions would cause interference or other problems. Important Note: Deionized water is not necessarily pure water. The purity depends on the composition of the source water. Deionizing does not remove pathogens or organic contaminants.”
De-ionised water is simply not a suggested drinking water type; it has great use in laboratories and oxygen-assistance breathing apparatus, as the water allows for better functioning of the oxygen apparatus. Any drinking use is not suggested, for the following reasons.
(Initial statement excerpt and reasons listed below are from thoughtco.com):
1) Deionized water lacks minerals normally found in water which have beneficial health effects. Calcium and magnesium, in particular, are desirable minerals in the water.
2) Deionized water aggressively attacks pipes and storage container materials, leaching metals and other chemicals into the water.
3) Drinking DI water may lead to increased risk of metal toxicity, both because deionized water leaches metals from pipes and containers and because hard or mineral water protects against absorption of other metals by the body.
4) Use of DI water for cooking can lead to loss of minerals in food into the cooking water.
At least one study found ingestion of deionized water directly damaged the intestinal mucosae. Other studies did not observe this effect.
“Long term use of deionized water as drinking water may cause organ damage, even if additional minerals are present elsewhere in the diet.”
5) Distilled and DI water has been shown less able to quench thirst.
6) Deionized water may contain contamination in the form of bits of ion exchange resin.
It’s also important to note that while deionized water made from distilled or reverse osmosis purified water may be pure, deionizing non-potable water will not make it safe to drink!
“Spring water is considered to be free of most contaminants typically found in drinking water. It also contains a level of minerals that is beneficial to health for most living things. Mineral-rich water will usually have a neutral or slightly alkaline pH.”
As waterbenefitshealth.com explains from this excerpt, “… if you are buying bottled spring water and intend to drink it on an ongoing basis, it would be worth your while to thoroughly research the bottlers to find out what their water source is and how often the water is tested for contaminants.”
While Spring water contains minerals similar to those in Mineral Water, be sure to check the bottler’s information listed and see if the water you’re drinking is bottled from, as in most instances, all it takes for water to be labelled as Spring water is that it “comes from water that flows to the surface from a clean underground water source.”
“It’s healthy because it packed full of essential minerals like Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium that your body needs.”, states virginpure.com.
While you know Aquazania produces only purified water, it’s important to understand what it takes to get this standing name.
Purified water should have undergone many processes.
Our processes include sterilisation, reverse osmosis, sediment filtration and mineral re-injection, amongst others. This means that bacteria, impurities and any contaminants have been removed from our water – to the point where we require mineral- re-injection to lend that unmistakable taste back to our water.
This is your safest bet when drinking water on a daily basis. Using it for cooking as well as baby’s bottles. This type of water requires no further sterilisation, and when drunk on a daily basis, places no undue stress on organs or over mineralisation of our system.
*All opinions expressed are not that of Aquazania or the author. Information based and quoted as pr accreditation.