I talk a lot about water. A common question for me is “Does it matter what kind of water I drink?” Answer: Yes! Are you just trying to keep your body hydrated, or do you have “health” reasons for drinking the water?
So what are the common types of water and what makes one different from the other? Answer: Let’s look at some common types and their differences. This is not an exhaustive list, but does cover many of the more popular types.
- Tap Water. Whether you should drink the tap water or not depends what the tap is connected to. Most “city water” taps are filled with chlorine, fluorine, and other chemicals to provide “water safety”. Many of these chemicals can themselves be toxic. And if you have your own well, you should have it tested to see what pathogens and adverse minerals it may contain. Then you can determine if it is safe enough for your tastes.
- Filtered Water: You may have a water filter on your well or your water tank or your refrigerator. For many this is sufficient – for cooking, cleaning, bathing and perhaps drinking. This depends on you likes and your health concerns.
And then, popular bottled waters:
- Distilled water is “dead” water. It has no nutrients at all. It is great for using in home appliances where chemicals may be caustic, but as a drinking water I could only think it useful for some body cleansing purposes where you are seeking to get rid of toxins and cleaning is the end purpose.
- Spring Water is promoted as natural, and clean. It is simply water with natural minerals, and if from a reputable source and is simply to hydrate may be sufficient.
- Artesian water is promoted as earth’s finest water. The label from a very popular brand reads “rainfall filters through volcanic rock, adding the vital minerals that give [it] its unique and refreshing taste. The water collects in an active ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth, where it is protected from external elements.” It is a very popular drinking water, simply for hydration.
- Some brands are labeled as “ultra-purified”. They address contaminants as “less than one part per million”. Their claim is that there are “no additives”, processed for “fast hydration” and “quick absorption” and a patented process to accomplish this. Purity is their main claim and purity is certainly important, but remember that the body itself also removes toxins and uses what it needs of whatever you consume, casting out impurities and toxins as it can.
- We carry a black water that gets its color from a blend of fulvic and other trace minerals. It’s a great water if you’re looking for another source of trace minerals normally missing from your diets. And it contains electrolytes.
- Alkaline waters come in many strengths. The black water mentioned above is one alkaline water. We also have a product called Crazy Water which comes in four different pH levels. Since most pathogens entering our bodies cannot survive in an alkaline environment, this is another way to raise the pH level of your body and reduce some acidity.
You can personally research and determine which type of water works best for you. How does it fit with or enhance other health issues for you. From my perspective, it is most important to get enough of some kind of water regularly to keep your body functioning well. Remember that you need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to fully hydrate your body systems. That’s about the equivalent of one two-liter bottle a day. Fill a two-liter bottle each morning with “effective” water. Make it a goal to drink it all before bedtime that night, preferably by sipping it often all day long!
For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73130, call 405-736-1030, e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHeathPatch.com.