Everyone knows that drinking water throughout the day is at the top of every “healthy habits” list; however, do you know the water type that fits you best? With several types of drinking water available for you to choose from, knowing the health benefits and taste profile of each type can help make your decision easier.
No matter what types of drinking water you choose to consume, water in any form is the best hydrating beverage available. All water types are not only hydrating but also provide increased energy, flush toxins, regulate body temperatures and so much more.
Spring water according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is “water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location.”
A spring forms when an underground aquifer is filled and the excess seeps through to the surface. Bottled spring water is gathered at the source and transported to a bottling facility where it is treated and tested to meet all FDA standards and requirements.
Spring water is primarily used for drinking and ultimately hydrating. Many prefer spring water when brewing coffee and tea, as water can play a significant role in the taste of the coffee or tea being brewed.
Purified water is any type of water that has been treated with an action to “purify” it. The water is purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants that may be present. The types of purification include distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration. Some bottling facilities add a light blend of minerals back into the water after the purification process in order to give the water taste.
Like all types of drinking water, purified water (when enough is consumed) is hydrating. Purified water is also sometimes preferred in the kitchen for cooking.
Distilled water is water that goes through a purification process called distillation. This process replicates the earth’s natural hydrological cycle and boils away impurities while capturing only H2O, resulting in water that is in its purest chemical form.
While distilled water can be used as drinking water, the taste is sometimes described as flat due to all the minerals being removed (minerals provide water with taste). However, the complete absence of mineral content makes distilled water perfect for use in medical equipment, humidifiers, and automobiles.
Sparkling Water is water infused with carbon dioxide under pressure. When still water and carbon dioxide meet, they create carbonation. Sparkling water is “fizzy” like soda but does not contain the calories or sugar of a soda. Sparkling water is available in flavorless or flavor options.
While sparkling water contains “fizz” it is still as hydrating and refreshing as still water. In fact, sparkling water is a great option for those trying to eliminate or decrease the number of sodas they drink in a day.
Well water is groundwater that is tapped from a deep well and brought to the surface for people to use. When it rains, the water trickles down and travels through layers of rock and soil filtering out most contaminants. Water coming from a well can contain a higher mineral content as it can pick up minerals as it travels through the layers of rock and soil.
More than 13 million households in the United States rely on private wells, and it is generally safe to use and consume. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate private wells nor does it provide recommended criteria or standards. The quality of well water is constantly changing and it is recommended you test your well once a year to keep you and your family safe.
Well water typically found in rural homes can be used for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, gardening and washing clothes.
Tap water is water that comes from the faucet. Municipal water or tap water is sourced from large wells, lakes, rivers or reservoirs. The water is then processed at a water treatment plant, tested for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health standards and supplied through pipes to homes and industries.
The quality and reliability of tap water can vary from community to community. The amount and types of water treatment applied varies by the source and water quality. Tap water can become unreliable when the water source, water treatment plant failure or broken water pipes can cause contamination and make the water unfit for consumption.
If tap water is deemed fit for human consumption it is consumed and used in food preparation. However, in the United States, less than 1% of municipal water is used for human consumption. The remainder of the tap water is used for things like bathing, gardening, cleaning and washing clothes.
The Best Water to Drink for Your Health
As long as the types of drinking water you choose to consume are deemed fit for consumption, the water is providing your body with hydration benefits. The Institute of Medicine has determined adequate water intake for men is roughly 13 cups (3 liters) and 9 cups (2.2 liters) for women. However, there are several factors in which one may need to increase their water intake.
No matter the type of water, drinking water may seem boring. Drinking water, and drinking enough water daily, has many health benefits that get overlooked.
Increase Energy and Improve Your Mental Focus
Staying hydrated with water is an inexpensive way to increase your energy and remain focused.
Promote Weight Loss
Drinking water fills up your stomach, reducing and delaying feelings of hunger, and also elevates your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat more efficiently.
Flush Out Toxins
Toxins are removed from the body through sweat and urination. Drinking water helps keep your system clean by flushing out toxins that would usually build up in tissues and organs.
Prevent Cramps & Sprains
Staying hydrated keeps your joints lubricated and muscles more elastic, allowing them to work more effectively.
Improve Your Mood
Remaining hydrated keeps your body functioning at its best and helps to put you in a good mood.
Keep Your Skin Looking Good
Water helps to moisturize the skin to help keep it looking soft and get rid of wrinkles.
Maintain Bowel Function Regularity
Staying hydrated helps your body to digest food and prevent constipation.
Decrease the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes
Drinking water helps to keep your blood pressure in balance by removing excess salts and preventing clot formation in blood vessels.
Choose the Best Water For You
Knowing the types of drinking water available along with the benefits of drinking water allows you to make an educated decision on the type of water you and your family are consuming. The type of water you choose to consume should be based on your taste preference, accessibility, and safety. Choosing water, no matter the type, is the best for your hydration and health.