Water is absolutely essential in our lives. While we can survive weeks without food, we can’t go without water for more than three days. We all know it’s important to stay hydrated but some of us still struggle to consume enough water.
When it comes to our health, any water will do, right? Well, not exactly. While it’s true in most cases that any water is better than none, not all are created equal. Some types of water contain more nutrients and are better for our health. We explain below.
Tap water is the most affordable and easiest form of water to access. We can drink it and use it to clean our dishes, wash our clothes and flush our toilets. While it’s safe to drink, it isn’t the most natural form of water – it can contain additional minerals and traces of pollutants and other undesirable substances. As such, some people prefer to filter their water before drinking it.
Mineral water comes from natural springs. It is packed with minerals that are great for our health, such as magnesium and calcium. However, mineral water tends to be more costly.
Distilled water is water that has been boiled or steamed. This helps to remove any chemicals or other harmful substances, but it also removes the vitamins and minerals. While it means we don’t consume harmful substances, we also miss out on good nutrients. In some cases, distilled water can also draw important minerals out of our bodies. As such, some people like to add mineral drops.
Sparkling water contains carbon dioxide which gives it that fizz. Different types of sparkling water include soda, seltzer, sparkling mineral, and tonic water. Some people prefer this form of water and find it encourages them to drink more. However, it introduces more carbon dioxide into our bodies which can lead to hiccups, bloating and indigestion. Some types of sparkling water may also contain sweeteners and preservatives.
As with most things, we say natural is always better. But increasing your water intake, no matter what form, all helps to improve your health.