All of us would have been definitely confused at least once on this topic – Which water to choose: mineral, distilled or filtered? Besides, how exactly they differ and why the difference? You might also have heard varying opinions on this from your fitness freak friends, neighbors and relatives, who we are sure that they also are definitely confused.
We also read often in interviews of various celebrities that they drink only a specified brand of water, or use only mineral water for bathing, and so on. Why? Where lies the difference?
If you are confused as to which type of this water is good for you, this post will guide you next time when you want to pick a bottle from an airport lounge, on your shopping spree or while deciding water purifier for your home.
Mineral Water – Demystified
The name says it all – Mineral water contains minerals. Hold on! Now don’t ask that can’t we see it!! You can, we are sure. But let’s dig little deeper.
Mineral water is directly dug from earth’s naturally occurring water sources such as mountains and springs and is rich in naturally available minerals. This is the water that comes up to the surface of the earth after passing through many layers beneath the earth’s surface and hence is loaded with the natural goodness of rocks and earth.
Another kind of mineral water does exist, which is packaged by manufacturers. They add minerals to regular drinking water, and hence this can be termed ‘mineralized’ water. The type of minerals infused depends on the manufacturer, but in general calcium, magnesium and other vitamins are added.
How you gain from drinking mineral water?
Your body gets minerals – It’s that simple. Whatever minerals that are added to the mineral water, all replenish your body that is deprived of them. It gives zest to your body as it supplements the deficient minerals. One who has mineral imbalance can opt this water after seeking medical expert advice.
One good thing is you need not to depend on just mineral water for your mineral deficiencies. You can also find these minerals through other food sources and supplements too.
Many mineral water brands that the manufacturers claim to be originating from mountains and springs are damn expensive. You really would not be able to afford 8-10 glasses per day.
If you want to compromise on quality and settle with cheaper brands of mineral water, there is no guarantee that all the brands available maintain standards and hygiene.
Healthy, Mineral Rich, but not mandatory.
Distilled water- What this is?
This is the water that has been distilled. The process of distillation involves boiling the water containing many contaminants, to various ranges of higher temperatures, beyond the boiling point of the water.
Let us understand why these boiling stages are needed.
In general, drinking water is obtained from rain and is stored in reservoirs and tanks for public supply. This is the stage where contamination can occur due to various substances such as iron, fluoride, and calcium. Also, other disease-causing germs and contaminants can be present in the water too. Thus, many substances with varying boiling points get mixed with pure water.
When you distill such water (boiling the water beyond its boiling point and further in various stages of increasing temperature), first water boils and becomes vapor, then the contaminants are left out as garbage. Later the gaseous water is brought down to the normal liquid state by cooling. Thus the final water is free from contaminants.
How you gain from drinking distilled water?
As it is clear from contaminants, it is a pure form of water free from dirt and substances that have a higher boiling point than that of water.
You can use it for cleaning, cooking and drinking with no doubts. The process of distillation removes most metallic contaminants and disease-causing germs.
When you want to doubt the quality of municipal water being supplied to you, opt for distilled water instead.
One thing you should note is the process of distillation cannot remove impurities such as pesticides and chemicals that have a lower boiling point than that of water. Thus, it is not that safest form of drinking water, though there is no harm in drinking it.
Also, the process of distillation consumes a lot of heat energy in evaporating and bring down the water back to its normal form; hence this process is not an eco-friendly option in terms of energy consumption for larger volumes of water.
Please note that it is never safe to perform distillation at home. It can be potentially dangerous.
Safe, free from impurities; not mandatory and eco-friendly. Not suitable to be done at home.
What is Purified water?
Purified water is obtained after multiple stages of purification. The process of purification may be done in many methods, through filters and reverse osmosis are mostly used by expert manufacturers of water purifiers such as Secure Aqua.
Reverse osmosis purifiers use carbon filters that purify water. They filter many types of contaminants effectively at an affordable cost and make the best fit for home use. They are easy and an ideal pick if you are choosing for an option to provide safe water to your kids and the entire family.
If you are opting to use commercially available purified water offered by many water suppliers, you should check for their license, technology they are using and standards they are adhering to.
Most manufacturers opt for purification using reverse osmosis or carbon filter because they take up a lesser amount of energy than distillation. This is the secret why purified water is an economical option too.
How you gain from drinking purified water?
As the name goes, the water is pure. Safe for drinking. It contains no harmful contaminants or bacteria that could endanger your body. This is also the better form of water compared to distilled water, as purification removes pesticides and other contaminants that would escape during distillation.
However, experts opine that purification disturbs the electrolyte balance of the water. As it is subjected to various ionic processes, electrolyte imbalance may arise and when humans consume such water, they may be left without much energy.
However, the cost of a water purifier may be directly proportional to its effectiveness. You have to spend more bucks if you need purified water at home and hence the initial cost may be more for this option.
Simple and safe, the better option for homes. The initial cost may be more.
Thus, before making a decision about which water is best for your drinking or cleaning purposes, consider the various points as discussed in this post and proceed as per the requirement. But remember, irrespective of the type of water, you need to drink 8-10 glasses per day to flush out toxins and keeps you young, healthy and energetic.