Now that you are equipped with tips on how to stay hydrated on a daily basis from the previous blog post, let’s talk about the variation between nine different types of water. Learn which ones hydrate the body better, and which you may want to avoid consuming from here on out. Here’s a list of the most popular types of water available today, and a little about each of them…
1. Tap Water
Tap water contains heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, medicines like antibiotics and antidepressants and hundreds of chemicals, many of which are not even measured or regulated. Fluoride causes many, many side effects, weakening bones and increasing your chance of developing osteoporosis and cancer, yet it’s added to almost every municipal water supply in the country. Tap water, if unfiltered, often has too many toxic metals and chemicals in it to be good for drinking. Since city regulators do not monitor or filter for medications, there are hundreds of medications in your tap water. It’s generally not a good idea to drink tap water.
2. Drinking Water
Drinking water also comes from a municipal source, but is better known as tap water. Don’t bother paying for bottled drinking water that you can get out of your tap. Some may even come "purified" or even with a couple "added minerals". Example: Store Brand Drinking Water
3. Reverse Osmosis Water
This method involves passing water at high pressure through a plastic membrane with tiny holes in it. This is a common filtration method in many bottled waters, as it produces very pure water. It is used in almost all home and commercial drinking water machines such as those in water stores, supermarkets and health food stores. Reverse osmosis water does not hydrate as well as spring water, however, because of this irreversible “damage” to the water that occurs due to passing it through the plastic membrane. Example: Dasani
4. Distilled Water
Distilled water has gone through a rigorous filtration process to strip it not only of contaminants, but of any natural minerals as well. When water is distilled, by boiling and condensing it, all solid matter is left (except the chemicals that were in the water). Because it is devoid of minerals, distilled water grabs and holds onto minerals within the body (a process called chelation). Distilled water can be used for a few months to remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals from the body quite effectively. However, drinking distilled water for longer than this always results in vital mineral deficiencies. Example: Smart Water
5. Mineral Water
Mineral water contains no less than 250 parts per million (ppm) total dissolved mineral solids, and is therefore defined by this constant level of mineral and trace elements at the point of emergence from its original source. No minerals can be added to the water. Example: Acqua Panna
6. Sparkling Mineral Water
Yes, the fizzy kind! But what makes it fizzy? This type of water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had when it emerged from its original source. Sparkling bottled waters may be labeled as "sparkling drinking water", "sparkling mineral water", "sparkling spring water", etc. This water is okay to indulge in during your restaurant outings, but not so much as your main/every day water source due to the carbon dioxide content.
Examples: Perrier or San Pellegrino
7. Artesian Water
This is our (humans’) closest imitation of 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 burst forth spontaneously from the well like a fountain. The well taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand), in which the water level is above the top of the aquifer. Example: Fiji Water
8. Spring Water
Spring water is one of the best types of water to drink!!! Spring water has been filtered by the earth in ways we still do not completely understand; but which works better than any invented means of purifying water! Another advantage is that it contains a wide variety of trace minerals that the human body desperately needs! Examples: Evian or Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water
9. Alkaline Water
Alkaline water is also one of the best types of water to drink!!! It has been ionized to increase its pH to between 8 and 10! Research has shown that it is extremely difficult for disease to thrive in an environment that is predominantly alkaline. It is believed that alkaline water is beneficial because of its alkalinity (high pH-balance), its ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) which makes it an antioxidant, and its micro-clustering effect which allows its much smaller sized water molecules to pass more efficiently in and out of your cells to hydrate better! The only downside to this type of water is that right now, it is generally very costly. If you cannot afford it, it’s just as great to alkalize the body by consuming lots of whole foods, drinking spring water, and taking your essential supplements. You can even squeeze a freshly sliced key lime or lemon into your spring water for added ORP effects. Examples: The Real Alkalized Water, Evamor or Essentia
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Katherine Igah-Phillips, MD, MHA
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