We need water to survive. Every metabolic role, cell and vital organ depend on water to function. We all know the different health benefits of drinking water, but did you know about the health benefits of the different types of water? There are different positive and negative effects of each type of drinking water. The type of water you use every day can affect your general health.
Most of us don’t even think about the water we consume. We simply fill a glass and gulp down a glass every few hours. Is your drinking water ideal for your health? What is the effect of different types of water in your body? Read on below about the different types of water and learn about the pros and cons of each.
Mineral or Spring Water
Mineral water is naturally extracted from springs that are rich in electrolytes and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium and silicon. Drinking mineral water from a well taken cared of spring can be beneficial to the teeth, hair, skin, muscle, blood clotting, nervous system, energy, digestion and so much more. Drinking directly in a poorly kept spring can be dangerous to your health. It can be contaminated with bacteria and pollutants. Mineral water that comes from a spring with high lithium levels can be helpful with people that suffer bipolar disorder.
Tap water is generally safe since it comes from a public water system that is maintained by the city. It’s closely monitored for any contaminants, especially in the drinking water. Before tap water enters your home it goes through a strict safety check, but this cannot guaranty the levels of contaminants in it. The level of contaminants in the water don’t particularly pose any grave health risk, but for people with sensitive stomachs or people that are easily compromised should reconsider drinking tap water. Lower contaminants by using a filter for your tap.
Groundwater or Hard water
It is called hard water due to the levels of mineral it absorbs from soil and rock. Ground water is great for the health due to its mineral and nutrient contents. It is really beneficial to tooth and bone health. The health risk of ground water is that it has a high probability of contamination from chemicals, parasites, pollutants and more.
Bottled water is a household commodity that has grown popularity all over the world. Bottled water is said to be as healthy as tap water, but is better for people on the move.
Sparkling or Carbonated Water
Due to the health risk of sodas sparkling or carbonated water was invented. It is a misconception that drinking carbonated water lower calcium absorption and promote calcium loss. Sparkling water has no effects on bones. Carbonated water is not as healthy as regular water. It can cause IBS, bloating and high blood pressure. Since carbonated water is high in sodium, it is beneficial for post-menopausal women who have a high risk of cardiovascular disease and is great for people with constipation.
There are two types of purified water, distilled and deionized. Distilled water uses heat to remove contaminants and still managed to maintain all the minerals in the water. Deionized water uses ion to remove contaminants in the water. One of the benefits of drinking purified water is having no chemical contaminants with all the desired minerals in them. Drinking only purified water is not advised for people with hypothyroidism, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
We need water to survive, our body weight consists of fifty or more percent water. Without water our body will not be able to remove toxins, have joint function, bowel movements and have a normal body temperature. The type of water we consume can have different health benefits and a particular type of water can be more beneficial to some than other types.