Most of us are on an endless pursuit to be happier, healthier and to make the right decisions to increase our quality of life, not just now, but for the long term. There has been a lot of debate in the past whether drinking mineral water is good for you or not. Even if experts agree that it is good to drink, there are some who maintain that for it to give you the optimal benefits, there are certain things you should do to it first. There has to be a reason why mineral water persists as being a viable way to increase health, but what are the actual advantages and disadvantages to drinking natural mineral water?
What is mineral water?
Before we set down the course of debating the pros and cons of drinking mineral water we must first define what it is. Mineral water is water that is derived from a natural spring. Within it there are minerals such as salt and sulfur compounds which are thought to be essential to health. It has various uses outside of drinking such as for baths, wells, or spas. Although dating back to the far reaches of time, mineral water nowadays is usually not consumed at the origin of the spring, but rather bottled, distributed, and hauled to the consumer. Currently, there are over 3,000 different brands of mineral water, all boasting different springs, minerals and benefits.
So what are the advantages of drinking mineral water?
The body is made up of over 50% water and in that water there are naturally occurring minerals that allow the body to function optimally. If you are deficient of those essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, or countless others, your health can suffer. The advantages of drinking mineral water is that if the tap water which is supplied to your home is either contaminated, contains harmful substances, or just does not have the minerals in the concentration that your body needs, mineral water is a great way to supplement for what you are not getting either from your diet, or your drinking water.
Mineral water, which is bottled, is also is free of contaminants. Aside from the higher mineral concentration, which can be as much as four times greater than tap water, there are no harmful additives that you don’t know about. The bottled water is theoretically safe from ground water contaminants, and other environmental assaults. If you are using something to filter your tap water such as a reverse osmosis system, or a water softener, in an attempt to filter out the bad you may be actually filtering out the essential minerals that you need. So, although you are getting the purist water available, it may come at a cost. Mineral water supplementation may be the best way to replace what is lost.
What are the health benefits of drinking mineral water?
Mineral water can be an asset to your health if you are deficient in minerals such as magnesium or calcium. Magnesium and calcium are linked to strong and healthy bones. Magnesium alone is an important mineral for the regulation of the blood pressure. Therefore, the supplementation of these minerals to optimal levels is encouraged. If your mineral stores are not depleted in any way, mineral water will do nothing to aid in your overall health.
What are the disadvantages?
As far as I have researched I could not come up with one professional who insisted that drinking mineral water is unhealthy, or bad for your health. Since minerals are naturally occurring in the body, if your body does not need them, it will filter them from your system. There is no such thing as “mineral toxicity” when it comes to the minerals contained within mineral water. Everything that I was able to find supported that it was a good idea to drink it for your health.
The only thing that you need to be weary of is that it is pure mineral water. I would love to say that if a company claims it, it must be true, but we all know that isn’t the case. Unfortunately, even mineral water can succumb to ground water contamination. Stick to those springs which you know are real, and a bottled water company who carries a high reputation to ensure that you are getting the most from your drinking water.
Is there an optimal way to drink mineral water?
There is some evidence to suggest that heating mineral water aids in the speed and overall rate of absorption. The theory is that if the salts are heated they are dissolved better and can be absorbed into the cells more rapidly. It sounds like a good theory, but there was no real evidence to support it. The truth is that anyway you drink it, your body will know what to do with it.