Hey! Water you up to? Get it (nudge nudge/wink wink)
Ok, so why is it so hard to drink water? I’m asking for a friend…..and that friend is me. 😬
I was the worst at drinking water. I don’t know why, but for some reason, it’s just wasn’t in me to drink it regularly. I recently did some research on water and experimented with different types to find the one that I would actually drink. I mean, it promotes health right? I should probably drink more of it? I guess in this heat stroke we call Summer, it’s even more important for our bodies to have water in our systems. Who knew? 🤷🏾♀️
Water is literally one of the main reasons for human survival. The human body is made up of 70 percent of water, which we typically lose daily through sweat and going to the bathroom. Water has many important functions: flushing bacteria out of your bladder, assisting with digestion, maintaining sodium balance, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells (providing healthier looking skin, hair and energy) and finally preventing constipation.
This little elixir of life helps save lives, so stay hydrated my friends.
Different types of water are known based on their origin, composition and treatment.
- Mineral Water
Mineral water, much like its name states, contains minerals naturally. Coming from underground sources, you’ll find minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water. How is this beneficial to your health you ask? Fabulous question! Both of those minerals are important for you to build strong bones and have optimal health. Calcium also is essential for everyday bodily functions including the heart, nerve transmission, cell signaling and more. Magnesium in your system helps regulate your blood pressure and those with low magnesium are often at higher risk for heart disease.
- Tap Water
Tap water is the water you’re getting directly from your faucet. There’s a stigma that’s associated with tap water, making people believe that it may not be suited for drinking. We use it all the time for things such as cooking, washing clothes, dishes, cleaning in general, but we can’t consume it? Actually, thanks to many treatment facilities, tap water has undergone even more testing to ensure that it meets local regulations frequently. It’s really our old plumbing containing lead or copper that can get into our drinking water from the pipes that causes the health worries. If your home is older, you may want to contact the health department to have your water tested. However, there are benefits to using tap water such as: Convenience (turn your faucet on and magic), inexpensive (cents to the gallon), and less waste & disposable packaging (plastic bottles end up in the landfill).
- Spring Water
Spring water is typically taken from a natural mountain or artesian spring source. When treated properly, spring water is clean and healthy as it’s free of any toxins. Similar to Mineral water, Spring waters purity comes from minerals such as: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium.
- Purified Water
Purified water is what we’re all probably used to drinking. It comes from any source, but has gone through much testing to remove any and all bad substances. The act of Purifying water after it’s been derived from its source and taken to a plant for treatment consists of removing all bacteria, contaminants and dissolved solids. The steps can include: running the water through carbon filters to remove chlorine (improves taste), reverse osmosis (removes ions, molecules and large particles in water), distillation and deionization. After this process is done (usually takes a minute to kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses if they are in high temperatures) water is drinkable and suitable for other purposes. Water boils at a temperature of 212°F. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommend 1 – 3 minutes of boiling depending on your altitude.
- Distilled Water
What’s the difference between Distilled and Purified water? Well distilled is a type of purified water, it just contains no minerals or other impurities. As with purified water, distilled water is made by boiling out the contaminants as well. However, the ‘bad stuff’ that we find in the water have a much higher boiling point than waters boiling point (212°F) if we want distilled water. Once we see steam from the boiling, it is captured and cooled, thus making distilled water.
- Sparkling Water
Sparkling water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. Basically it becomes fizzy like sodas, but without all the added sugar or sodium (at least the ones I choose to drink). Many people assume that carbonated water will dehydrate you, but actually since regular water and sparkling have the same base ingredient, they both offer the same thirst-quenching benefits (mainly hydration). If you’re like me and have an upset stomach on the reg. or even suffer from indigestion every now and then, sparkling water can help by reducing some of that pressure (i.e. you burp more). Also, since sparkling water contains bubbles, it’s able to fill your stomach and make your mind think that you’re full (hello, weight loss).
My personal new favorite water is Sparkling water! This type of water has literally been a game changer in my life; I now drink the right amount of water daily because I’ve integrated it into my daily routine! Sometimes you want something a little different right? With a little more pizazz?
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this cool, refreshing glass of knowledge on water.