Which Water?

It’s a common health tip: Drink more water. But with so many variations of water floating around, which one should you drink? Isn’t water simply water?

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Tap water comes directly from your faucet. It’s regulated by local municipal bodies and is treated with certain chemicals to kill bacteria and other contaminants. The use of these chemicals leads some to believe tap water is unsafe.

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This type of water is obtained from underground sources, so it’s rich in minerals including calcium, manganese and magnesium. No additional minerals are added to the water, and the treatments it can undergo before packaging are limited.

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Rainwater can accumulate underground and create springs. Water from these natural springs isn’t purified, but it is treated when transported and bottled. Spring water’s composition and treatment are not much different than tap water, and spring water is suitable for drinking.

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After this water is taken from its source, it’s purified to remove all bacteria, contaminants and dissolved solids to make it suitable for drinking. It goes through a stricter treatment process, including reverse osmosis, distillation or deionization, making it purer than filtered, spring or tap water.

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This water has been treated to remove all minerals and salt through distillation and reverse osmosis. It’s pure, but not typically recommended for drinking as it can cause mineral deficiencies.

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A recent trend, raw water is spring water that hasn’t been treated or filtered. Proponents believe it is healthy because it has been untreated by chemicals and could have natural beneficial minerals. However, the EPA has health guidelines for water that raw water doesn’t follow, so it could be unsafe. (Plus, it’s expensive – one company sells a 2.5-gallon bottle for $36.99!)

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Water is a necessity for us, so it’s important to make sure you know what type you’re drinking. Stay hydrated!
Source: NDTV Food, Vox, DrinkMoreWater.com

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