Mineral Water – Is It the Best?
Sparkling or still, mineral water is considered one of the healthiest waters to drink thanks to the many essential minerals it contains. Calcium, magnesium, iron, salts and trace amounts of other nutrients make mineral water stand out for its many health benefits.
Sourced from natural springs, mineral water is water is that is purified by nature to the point that it can be safely consumed without any extensive purification procedures. Bottled and sold as drinking water, mineral water is considered the best water to drink by many health enthusiasts.
Let’s see how mineral water compares to our all-time favourite drink – filtered water – and whether mineral water is the best water to drink?
Mineral Water Benefits
Mineral water has some great benefits lined up in its favour, which make it a wholesome source for hydration:
Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about most mineral waters is that they’re sparkling due to the gasses they contain. This makes mineral water more refreshing than still water. Sparkling water can be a healthy substitute for fizzy sugary drinks.
Thanks to the salts and minerals it contains, mineral water has a delicious taste unlike tap water, which may have a strange taste and odour because of the chemical disinfectants used in its treatment process.
Rich in Natural Healthy Minerals
Drinking mineral water will provide various minerals necessary for your health. Calcium is one of the minerals that you may find in many mineral water brands, and some brands may even contain as much as 40% of the recommended daily intake per litre of water.
By drinking mineral water or washing your face with mineral water, you can also improve the health of your skin. Mineral water’s high silica content accounts for its beneficial effects in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and conferring your skin a more youthful look.
Mineral water also supplements your daily magnesium intake. Magnesium is important for many biological functions including blood pressure regulation, nerve function, blood sugar regulation, etc. Certain brands of mineral water can contain as much as 30% of your recommended daily magnesium intake.
Mineral water is usually sourced from a non-polluted water source such as a mountain spring. Before it’s bottled, mineral water goes through a purification process, however, mineral water is less likely to contain contaminants and undesirable ingredients, unlike tap water, which is usually sourced from groundwater, which is more likely to be polluted.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Mineral Water?
Contrary to popular belief, mineral water is not harmful to your kidneys. There is no evidence that mineral water or sparkling water cause kidney stones or damage your kidneys in any other way. Because it’s gassy, consuming a lot of mineral water can make you feel bloated, and can cause flare-ups if you’re suffering from IBS.
For water to be considered mineral water, it must naturally contain 250 parts per million of trace minerals, otherwise it’s just simple spring water.
If you don’t live in an area with an abundance of mineral water sources, bottled mineral water may be more expensive in your area. If you live in Europe, for example, where mineral water is easier to come by, you might not think twice about purchasing mineral water, since it’s much cheaper than in countries outside of Europe.
Mineral Water vs. Filtered Tap Water
Mineral water has a lot going for it – it’s all-natural, it’s sourced from unpolluted areas, it’s rich in minerals, and it’s tasty. Thus, it’s hard to imagine that anything would top it in terms of benefits, yet filtered water is a strong contender when it comes to the best water to drink.
Filtered tap water is the single greatest alternative to bottled water. It may not top mineral water in terms of taste and crispness, but it beats any water in terms of eco-friendliness and affordability.
Also, filtered water is less likely to contain any contaminants since it’s treated both by the water company providing it, and the water filter system installed in your home.
Filtered water also has the benefit of being always at your fingertips, making it more convenient than mineral water. Simply turn on the tap, and you have a refreshing glass of filtered water.
Although mineral water may top filtered water in terms of taste, unless it comes in a glass recipient, mineral water stored in plastic bottles is less likely to taste as good, and it generates a lot of plastic waste.
The price difference between mineral water and filtered tap water is also significant. When purchasing mineral water, you’re also paying for the manufacturing costs of the recipient your water comes in, design costs, marketing costs, and transport costs.
With filtered water, you’ll only be paying for the price of municipal water you use, the investment cost and maintenance cost of your water filter system, which are significantly less than the costs associated with mineral water.
And who says you can’t have mineral filtered water on tap?
Mineral Water at Home
Filtered water may not be as rich in minerals as mineral water, but science has an answer to this too: re-mineralising filters.
Indeed, many reverse osmosis filters have an alkaline re-mineralising cartridge or a re-mineralising filter in the final stage of the filtration process, which adds trace amounts of healthy minerals in order to restore nutrients lost during the filtration process.
Reverse osmosis systems like the Ecosoft 6-Stage Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter or the Pure-Pro Quick Change Pumped 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter use an alkaline re-mineraliser filter in the final stage of the filtration to restore healthy minerals and balance pH levels.
Reverse osmosis filters are not the only systems that add minerals to your filtered tap water, many other filters have re-mineralising effects. For example, the Active Ceramics Large Whole House Filter in the Osmio PRO-II-XL Advanced Whole House Water Filter System adds antioxidants and minerals back into the water, and makes water more alkaline by raising its pH.
Conclusion: Mineral Water is Great, But Filtered Water Is Still Our Top Choice
Mineral water has all the best of what nature can offer in terms of drinking water, however, filtered water is cheaper, more available, and comparable in benefits with mineral water.
See why you must filter your water, and get your water filter today!