In our previous post, we talked about why you need to drink more water and how important drinking water is for our health. But now that you’ve decided to drink more water, is any water good enough? Unfortunately, no. It’s a sad truth that although we have many choices in the United States for drinking water, not all of them are healthy. So to make it easier for you, let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of your water choices:
- Well Water: Well water is generally considered a good source of healthy water. Since well water comes from drilling down to a natural water source deep below ground, it contains beneficial minerals. If you have a well and drink the water, however, it is recommended to have the water tested to make sure it doesn’t contain too much iron or other hard minerals and doesn’t contain any bad bacteria. Well water can easily be filtered for a great refreshing beverage.
Natural Spring Water: Spring water is pure, clean water that flows from a natural spring and is bottled at the source. If you buy Natural Spring Water, be aware that some companies claim to be selling natural spring water but regulations allow a “mixture” of natural spring water and other water so it may not be pure. Also be aware if it’s bottled in plastic that certain plastics can leech into the water, essentially contaminating the contents.
- Artisan Water: Artisan water is natural spring water that is bottled somewhere other than the source and is generally processed and purified. Same cautions apply. Watch for the plastics and buy from a reputable company.
- Ionized Water: Ionized water is water that has been filtered and then electrolyzed to create water that has either more alkaline or more acidic pH. There is no conclusive evidence that electrolyzed water has specific health benefits, but there are many people who swear by it. Ionized water has no documented negative effects either, however so it makes our “good” list.
- Reverse Osmosis: Reverse Osmosis water has been run through a fine membranes that purify the water by removing large particles, pollutants, and minerals. Made popular by larger companies such as Culligan, offering drinking water convenience to offices and homes, reverse osmosis water is one of the best tasting water choices available. The downside, and the reason reverse osmosis made our “bad” list, is because the process of reverse osmosis is so effective that you are left with literally nothing but pure H2O. As a result, scientific study is now showing that prolonged effects of drinking reverse osmosis water can create mineral deficiencies in the body. Mineral deficiency can lead to things like migraines, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, constipation, and even heartbeat irregularities. Drinking reverse osmosis can be moved to the “good” list if you add a mineral supplement to your regimen.
- Distilled Water: Distilled water comes from vaporizing the water, leaving behind heavier substances like pollutants and minerals. Like reverse osmosis water, the result may not have pollutants but because it also doesn’t have minerals it can lead over time to mineral deficiencies. Again, if you decide to drink distilled water, be sure to supplement with the necessary minerals to keep your body healthy.
- Tap Water: Unfortunately, if you live in a municipal areal and the water coming out of your faucets isn’t well water, then it is not healthy. Tap water has been treated, processed, and then disinfected. Most U.S. water treatment facilities add harmful chemicals like chlorine and flouride to the water. Both are highly toxic poisons that are now suspect to causing certain kinds of cancers.
- Bottled Water: Believe it or not, but a large majority of the bottled water companies just purify tap water and then market it. What you are paying for is the bottling, transporting, and marketing. The plastic from the bottles can leach into the water creating a beverage that is costly and unhealthy. Add to that the environmental effects of the plastic bottles in the trash after you are done with them, and we have the “ugliest” of the options.
In summary, the best water you can drink is pure, clean, mineral rich water that comes from a natural source and is enjoyed in glass, stainless steel, or other sustainable, reusable, and recyclable material. Water is one of the most important elements of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure you are choosing the best.
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