I believe water is one of the most important nutrients in the world. I mean, it has to be because without it, you'd die in 2-3 days. Unfortunately, most people don't drink enough and when they do, they drink the WRONG kinds. I've done a couple videos about this recently: When Drinking Water Is BAD F
I believe water is one of the most important nutrients in the world. I mean, it has to be because without it, you'd die in 2-3 days. Unfortunately, most people don't drink enough and when they do, they drink the WRONG kinds.
I've done a couple videos about this recently:
When Drinking Water Is BAD For Your Health
Best Times To Drink Water for Health, Fitness & Longevity
And today is basically part 3, everything you want and need to know about drinking water.
I'll cover all the various forms, benefits and negatives. And, what I personally drink most of the time.
Okay, so let's get started...
Most of the world doesn't have clean water, even tap water. And some places, like Canada has really good tap water. However, what comes out of your faucet isn't really that good for drinking.
Tap water is filled with trace amounts of drugs - birth control hormones, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, antibiotics and all sorts of other drugs. In fact, there have been over 300 man-made chemicals found in drinking water.1
There are other toxic chemicals and minerals such a chlorine, lead and fluoride, that's very bad for your health.
Lastly, tap water tends to be very acidic. Again, not good for your health.
Even though tap water is cheap and convenient, doesn't mean you should drink it. Go ahead and wash your clothes, clean the dishes, water the lawn and boil water if you need to - but, save the DRINKING water to other types that I'll mention today.
Mineral water has be said to contain up to four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water. This has a lot of benefits.
Just don't use this type of water for deposit-building appliances - such as kettles, irons and coffee machines.
For these type of appliances, you want to use distilled water because it contains no minerals. This is because this type of water has had many of its impurities removed through distillation. In fact, this is what we used in medical school for a lot of our science experiments.
Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container.
Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.
Deionized water, is simply water from which the ions have been removed. It's typically used in laboratory situations where the presence of ions would cause interference or other problems. Important. But, this isn't water you'd drink.
This is the type of water you see in most generic, bottled waters. Spring water is often mistaken for being equal or interchangeable with purified water (which I'll talk about in a minute). However, spring water often contains many of the same impurities found in well or tap water. In fact, since springs feed our rivers, there is a lot of spring water in our tap water!
Unfortunately, many spring water companies advertise their water as "100% pure-" However, this is typically misleading. It's NOT "purified" water. It's not as clean.
Simply stated, most spring water is almost the same as regular "tap" water and in fact, almost always it IS from tap water.
The only REAL difference is that when the water is at the bottling facility, it goes through a carbon filtration process to remove the chlorine. This process may separate spring from tap water, but nitrates, metals, fluoride and other "toxins" are likely to remain.
Now, if the spring water is from melted glacial ice or similar natural source, then this type of water is actually very good and helps hydrate the body very well.
Purified water tends to be one of the healthiest because it's very "pure" and yet, still full of essential minerals like Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium that your body needs.
The source of purified water isn't what makes it the best choice on the market-it's the purification methods that separate purified water from the rest of the pack.