If you thought the trade war between the US and China was intense, we’ve got something else coming for you. Ok, perhaps that was a little dramatic. Water lovers will understand however, that when it comes to the type of water you consume, the heated discussions with friends and family can reach World War III proportions (too dramatic again?) and it’s always interesting to hear different opinions about the best type of water to consume for long standing health. While we’re all different, with different wants and needs, each form does have its dues, and our goal today is to educate you on all three, so you can make an informed decision about what works for your lifestyle.
Tap water is easily accessible, and is something we incorporate into many of the activities that form part of our daily routine. In most parts of the world, tap water is safe to consume, but whether it is actually good for your health remains up for debate. While governments are quick to add chemicals to water to help to make it safe for consumption, you never know what you’re going to get, and with each glass you’re left wondering about whether there are any bacteria or problematic substances that could be harmful to your health. Keep your wits about it: if it looks, smells or tastes weird, move on, or find another water solution.
Mineral water is commonly consumed around the world, and refers to water that comes directly from a mineral spring containing healthy minerals and compounds. Typically in the still or sparkling variants, this type of water is considered more “natural” and doesn’t require too much chemical or other purification before it is bottled. Companies search high and low for these types of springs, and Kwa-Zulu Natal is well known for its mineral springs in South Africa. Mineral water is healthy, and great if you’re looking to reconnect with nature, but can also come with a bit of a hefty price tag, especially if you’re consuming the recommended two litres a day.
Purified water refers to water that has been purified by a formal supplier, typically in a non-harmful way that extracts 99% of all dangerous substances, before being sold. This type of water is typical in water coolers and dispensers, especially from reputable companies. If you’re going the water cooler route, it pays to have a good connection to help you with maintenance and also to ensure that your filters are clean at all times. Purified water secures a guaranteed clean glass of water each time, and at times could be even healthier than mineral water, with less of a price tag.
The Benefits of Two Litres of Water a Day
Whether you’re consuming any of these three types, two litres of water a day is good for you for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it is said that the energy expended drinking this amount of water means you burn up to 96 additional calories in a given day. This means that over a year, you could burn the equivalent of 4kg in weight in pure energy. This is compounded with feeling more full, which will help you to eat less junk food too. Aside from this, water is a natural wrinkle buster, helps with stopping headaches and dizziness, clears your skin and can even help to fight infections. Whether you choose to consume mineral, purified or tap water, you’ll be thankful in the long run.