The Best Water to Drink, and the Types that Should Be Avoided

Posted July 26, 2007. There have been 41 comments

Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life.

You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water?

Our water guide will tell you everything you need to know about water and which kinds are best for optimal health.

Water is the elixir of life- without it we cannot exist. But the water you drink every day could be harming your health!

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

In the United States, we have many different options for our drinking water, but they are not all healthy!

  • Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and generally has added flouride. But one of the byproducts from using chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer1.
  • Distilled water can be any kind of water that has been vaporized and collected, leaving behind any solid residues, including minerals. Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
  • Reverse osmosis water has been forced through membranes that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Reverse osmosis water is usually acidic2.
  • Deionized water has had ionized impurities and minerals removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.

All of the above waters lack essential minerals that are necessary for good health. Mineral deficiency can lead to insulin resistance, migraines, high blood pressure, constipation and even heart beat irregularities!

The Dangers of Bottled Water

Bottled waters deserve some special attention because they are not always as pure as you might expect them to be.
Here are some reasons not to choose bottled water:

  1. Dangerous toxins from some plastic water bottles can leach into your water.
  2. Bottled water is often just purified municipal water and lacks essential minerals. (Brands like Dasani and Aquafina are cleaned-up city water.)
  3. Purifying, bottling and shipping water requires vast resources and uses more water than when you get your water from a pure source in the first place.

If you do you use bottled water, make sure you use reusable glass or plastic containers, and try not to consume ultra purified municipal waters in favor of naturally clean sources.

Mineral Rich H2O

The best water to drink is naturally clean, pure and full of naturally occurring minerals:

  • Well water comes from a hole drilled in the ground that taps into a water source. A pump brings it to the surface. If you do not have access to city water, then you would need a well.
  • Natural spring water flows up from a natural spring and is bottled at the source.
  • Artesian or spring waters come from a natural source but are bottled off-site and are processed and purified.
  • Mineral water could be natural spring water or artesian water, comes from an underground source, and contains at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved solids, including minerals and trace elements.

All of the types of water mentioned above have essential minerals and nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

Minerals are important for nearly every function in your body, especially your adrenals. Learn more about adrenal fatigue and why minerals are so important for hydration in this article: Adrenal Fatigue: Symptoms & Solutions for this Under-Reported Condition Even Your Doctor Doesn't Know.

Mineral-rich water can be one source of these nutrients, but if you can't get these waters because of cost or your location, then home filters are an option.

Filters

Look for these types of filtration when you purchase filters or bottled water:

  • Absolute 1 micron filtration removes any particles that are larger than 1 micron in size. This filtration leaves minerals in water.
  • Ozonation is used by bottled water companies instead of chlorine to eliminate baceria. Ozonation does not change the mineral content of your water.

Remember that any filter is better than no filter, so even standard "pour through" filters like those from Brita help clean up your water, can remove chlorine and improve the taste, but they also remove minerals.
If you are not getting enough minerals from water and your diet, then try a mineral supplement like Body Ecology's Ocean Plant Extract. This amazing formula is a concentrated nutritional supplement that can detox your body from harmful pollutants and give you the minerals you need to thrive.

If you're not getting enough minerals from your water and your diet, then you need a mineral supplement. Ocean Plant Extract provides the minerals you need, B vitamins, and more!

Water: The Fountain of Youth

Water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals.

With 8 to 10 glasses a day of pure water, you'll have energy and vitality like never before.

Sources:

  1. Study: Water treatment byproduct linked to cancer in rats, CNN.com, 17 Jun 1997.
    http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9706/17/nfm/nfm.water/
  2. Ephraim, Rebecca, "What's the Best Water to Drink?" ConsciousChoice.com, Sep 2003. http://www.consciouschoice.com/2003/cc1609/editorsnote1609.html

Other Sources;

  • Davis, William, "Is Your Bottled Water Killing You?" LE Magazine, Feb 2007.

Post Categories: Digestion General Health

41 Comments

  • To get a balance I drink about 2.5 ltr of combination of below (just randomly without exact measure).
    AquaPanna: normal water mainly during workouts. Balanced amount of minerals.
    Fiuggi: Oligomineral. High humic minerals. Hardly any dissolved solids. Very smooth and light. Usually 1ltr in the morning.
    Ferrarelle: Naturally sparkling, with a very high mineral content. I specifically chose it for high silicate.

    All three very refreshing! I just get them from italian deli. Italians drink a lot of mineral water so its easily available and cheaper.

    There are better sources, but you have to be realistic so I chose the best from the most easily accessible.

    There is definitely a difference in well-being. Particularly recovery and resistance from illness. No more common coughs which I used to always get. Been on it for 2months.

    Posted on Jul 15 at 4:38 am

  • I read the article on the best water to drink and to avoid. What was not clear after question and comments, was something more specific concerning a good brand of water to drink. Please help if you can !

    Posted on Jul 12 at 12:35 pm

  • OMG, didn't realize how old this article was, 2007. I doubt any of the posers will respond.

    BodyEcology --- please recommend some spring waters to buy or other good waters. All the info is great, but we simple souls need recommendations for specific waters.

    Posted on Jun 29 at 8:34 pm

  • @Anna W.

    PLEASE recommend a natural spring water that you like/drink that isn't in plastic. We are definitely not getting enough in terms of specific info here. Thanks. Jessie V. is great!

    denise

    Posted on Jun 29 at 8:30 pm

  • Can anyone recommend a good mineral water or good water to BUY. I'm overwhelmed with the huge number of brands along with the very expensive ioninzing machines. HELP!!! I live in NYC and we have fluoride and chlorine in our water. What is a good filter to remove toxins and leave (if there are any?) the minerals. Many thanks!!

    Posted on Jun 29 at 8:22 pm

  • The ideal PH for drinking is Low Alkaline with a Ph of 7.2 to 8 although the tolerable Ph as approved by the World Health Organization is 8.5 maximum. Above 8.5 Ph is not good simply because it will shock the sensitive cells no matter how acidic your body is, the best way to neutralize the acidity is by gradual treatment. Secondly, it is also very important to know the source of Alkalinity. The water becomes alkaline due to mineral contents but the BIG questions are: 1. What kind of minerals in it. Is it Metallic or it is Hydrophilic . (e.g. iron mineral).if the source of iron mineral is from plant or vegetable or fruit, the mineral is Hydrophilic. (means water soluble). cells will absorb it because they are compatible. but if the source of iron minerals is from Magnetized, ionized , purified, electrolysis., the minerals are metallic . It may cause metal toxicity and the cells will not absorb it as it looks like foreign materials or enemy. 2. Are the minerals highly calibrated.? Different area has different minerals, e.g. some soils near or far the volcano are rich in sulfur. Some soils are too high in copper, magnesium which need to be calibrated. So specific water system is needed. Product like Ocean Park extract is very helpful in maintaining good health with the Perfect water to drink. I highly recommend Dr. ACM Pi water for therapy and Dr. Pi water for daily consumption . The natural process (no electricity) of 56 stages can remove 100% all water contaminants not only the harmful minerals, bacteria, virus, parasites, but also all environmental toxins like MX & DIOXIN which is very alarming due to its mutagenicity effect up to the 4th generations( great grand children.).

    Posted on Apr 15 at 9:04 pm




  • I beg to disagree that distilled is the best water for drinking. Distilled is a processed water thru boiling to remove impurities including natural minerals needed by the cells. In the absence of minerals, the water becomes ACIDIC. Long term use of Distilled water will pull out minerals in the blood cells and eventually flush them out. Due to lack of minerals after flushing out, the system of our body automatically releases minerals from our bones deposit to correct the imbalance blood. You don't need to be a scientist to analyze that the more distilled you drink, the more minerals you need to take to replenish the stolen minerals. Unless you eat fruits and vegetables 8 to 10 times a day, you can not replace minerals in drinking water to suffice your daily needs. When God created the earth with water for drinking, He did not boil to produce PURE water for drinking.

    Posted on Apr 15 at 1:21 pm

  • Have you ever tried best water in your life?
    I Have that experience.
    I tried many spring waters in the world, but I found out the
    Best drinking water is in 300 meter under the ground some where in the mountain in this world!!!!!!

    Posted on Apr 9 at 9:41 am

  • Does anybody know if Penta bottled water is good for us?

    Posted on Apr 3 at 9:47 pm

  • We in the medical profession have been telling people for years to flush old drugs down the toilet to keep out of hands of children. Common water systems aren't getting these out. You need to be careful to read the fine print on filters to see how completely it removes these types of drugs.

    Posted on Apr 1 at 12:28 pm

  • I dont know so many water out there. to try what about ground water os spring water. who knows

    Posted on Mar 17 at 10:13 am

  • Artesian water is protected from pollutants by impermeable rock, filtered naturally from soil, has Ph very close to ur blood Ph, full of light minerals ur body needs, nothing taken out so memory is clean, nothing added because its not necessary, I don't know about u guys but I'm a huge believer of things that aren't changed in any way are better for us. For more info or questions contact me LouisNewstromwellness@gmail, have a great one hope this helps!

    Louis

    Posted on Mar 14 at 5:33 pm

  • You all should see the video on Jessy ventura Conspiracy theories the great lakes

    Posted on Mar 11 at 3:03 am

  • Hi, I have to chime in here... Distilled water is pure h20.. there is no purer water than distilled. It's the ONLY water made by mother nature. It is clean so it has a strong magnetic charge (it's negatively charged) .. anything in your body that should not be there (including inorganic matter from spring water, tap water.. etc..) has a positive charge, the two pair up and the inorganic matter is escorted out of your body..... please listen to some Andrew Norton Webber videos on you tube. Life changing information....

    Posted on Mar 10 at 11:33 am

  • Isn't Hawaii s water excellent for you ? It's filtered through layers of volcanic rock . My mom moved us to Hawaii because she felt it has the purest water in the United States . And isn't Fiji s water the same ? What's the thought about those waters?

    Posted on Feb 24 at 10:18 pm

  • Jennifer,
    An interesting post, but you may want to research your "theory" a little further. Distilled water is NOT the best for human consumption. There are essential minerals in good drinking water that are necessary for your metabolism to function properly.

    Research shows you could do damage to your body by drinking distilled water if you are not getting enough magnesium and other important minerals.

    In an emergency situation, distilled water is a good option. But long term it could have some serious consequences.

    Clean mountain spring water would be a better choice (assuming it is not polluted by something).

    Posted on Feb 18 at 4:26 pm

  • It seems that spring water is the most healthy, but it comes in plastic bottles that leech BPA into into it. How do we get past that?

    Posted on Nov 23 at 12:47 pm

  • Distilled water is the best. Don't believe the myths that it is bad for you. Distilled water is PURE H2O. The "minerals" that is conatined in tap water is INORGANIC ....not minerals your body needs and gets from food. Distilled water also helps clean out your body from all of the gunk it has collected from regular water such as flouride, chlorine, aluminum, arsenci, lead...yep...a ll that good stuff that is in our tap water. Sodium flouride and hydroflourilicic acid that is poured in our water supply calcifies in our joints and bones causing arthritis and also calcifies the pineal gland which is our spiriitual gateway. I don't want to get into that, but please, people, distilled water is the best...look up the petition from doctors, nurses and scientists who stood up to the government and stated on record that distilled water is not only good for you, it is the purest, healthiest water you can drink. Now...hopefully this won't get deleted because all the other ones I have written have been from other websites.

    Posted on Nov 22 at 8:24 am

  • Sofia: The Best water Water to drink is the one which is high in alkanity 8-10pH and Negative ORP.

    Posted on Oct 3 at 10:59 pm

  • Dalton - I'd like some more info on Triton systems. Are they available in the US? Please feel free to email me at robynormsby@hotmail.com. Thank you!
    Robyn

    Posted on Sep 10 at 2:19 pm

  • My question still wasn't answered, Which water is the best to drink?
    Thanks,
    Sophia.K

    Posted on Sep 6 at 1:52 pm

  • are you all saying that spring water is best??? I am really confused

    Posted on Jul 9 at 1:59 pm

  • What about Alkaline Water, what is the information on that kind?

    Posted on Jun 4 at 5:15 pm

  • As a master in hydrotherapy, I don't recommend Alkaline water produced by electrolysis, magnetized or any alkaline water system with electricity simply because it is high in metallic minerals specially if the Ph is above 8 with questionable TDS. Secondly, mineral contents must be highly calibrated (must not exceed the tolerable limit) specially if the water is intended for therapy. A 7 stages filtration system has no capacity to remove carcinogenic environmental toxins like MX and Dioxin that are present in our ground water. I highly recommend Ocean Plant Extract with Dr. pi water (56 stages) specially for cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

    Posted on May 30 at 11:51 am

  • http://travel.cnn.com/worlds-best-drinking-water-232371
    I read the article up there...interesting. Yet i feel so glad that my chosen water is protected from much fanfare and publicity. Although the well has been around since the time of Ishmael, it is still producing enough to feed billions of mankind and its been promised to comtinue supplying till the end of time. Only those who can accept it with an open heart will get to taste, what is touted as THE best water in the world. Its a tap from heaven, albeit, the lowest grade of tap in heaven.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPXHu4m0jiI

    Posted on Apr 8 at 6:15 pm

  • Why can't our city water just be natural from a spring. Just take it and filter it and don't put anything else in it. I like natural water from a stream way better, you can taste really tell a difference.

    Posted on Mar 10 at 1:05 am

  • i am more confuse now than i ever was: now i would not like to drink water at all.

    Posted on Feb 27 at 6:45 pm

  • Our body needs minerals, there's no argument about that.
    I believe what our body needs are organic minerals and the minerals present in most of the ground water source are inorganic minerals, plants and vegetation will absorb it first before it becomes organic minerals. So I think we can get good minerals from the food we eat not from the water we drink.

    have a good day guys,
    Sonny

    Posted on Feb 6 at 12:38 am

  • any comments on buying and using alkaline water produced with electricity....is alkaline produced wter the best for you...looking at two systems Kagen and chanson.....anyone have information aobut which is better or should I not even consider buying an alkaline water producing system.

    Posted on Nov 29 at 7:31 pm

  • the best water to drink is called "Zmzm" , you can only find it in a city called Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

    Posted on Nov 19 at 7:43 am

  • Research prior to sending ANY amounto of $$ on filtering systems. Info is power. Www.aqualive s a good starting point for some awesome solid research. Don't fall for hype of alkaline being the panacea for all health conditions.

    Posted on Oct 25 at 6:48 am

  • Reverse Osmosis is bad for you! So that tritonpure is out of question. Nice Plug there MR SHAMELESS SALES PERSON

    Posted on Aug 25 at 8:52 pm

  • I have been told that mineral water is not good to drink. Which is the best water to drink? Distilled?

    Posted on Aug 16 at 10:17 pm

  • Hey guys,

    If you want some of the best life-support water there is check out this website: www.Tritonpure.com I drink this stuff, it goes through 7 stages of filtration. Like a reverse osmosis system, plus plus plus. It has a ceramic filter to remove all dead or alive bacteria and at the last stage of filtration the water is remineralized using marine coral calcium (calcite), and the water is alkaline to promote hydration and an alkaline state of body. I believed in the product so much that I chose to get a job with the company! Its all Canadian based so check it out and any questions get back to me and ill try helping.

    Thanks,
    Dalton G

    Posted on Aug 3 at 6:43 pm

  • lgreerm am highly impressed thanks for good information, I now know what water to take.

    Posted on Mar 22 at 5:47 am

  • You're right about the plastic bottles. My parents are really minding that, each time they drive to the mountain spring of mineral water where we take water from, they take glass jars. Those are awkward and old-fashioned but boy do they preserve good taste of water!

    Posted on Mar 20 at 11:54 am

  • I would like to know what BED thinks of the Ionized Alkaline Mineral Reduced Water Systems. Do they really offer what they claim, if so are they worth the cost over other water filter systems?

    Posted on Feb 5 at 7:07 am

  • Thanks for the info

    Posted on Nov 27 at 2:07 pm

  • Hi Anna
    Can you please tell me what your views on alkaline water is. Which is better drinking alkaline water or having a water system installed that uses reverse osmosis.

    Thank you
    Khauttran

    Posted on Nov 13 at 11:48 pm

  • Hi Anna,

    Read your article on water, I never knew that there were importance of drinking the right water. I would like to get into the practice of drinking the right water, As i live in the middle east (Bahrain). we get hard water(saline water) from the taps. Is volvic natural spring water good for health. Please do recommend what water is good for a healthy life style. Can Volvic be used to wash hair as well. As living in Bahrain (Middle East) the water is saline.
    Pleas do advice

    Posted on Sep 5 at 12:57 am

  • Thanks for sharing your resource on water. I noticed a big difference after switching from filtered water to drinking natural spring water. I have more energy and feel less tired and sick.

    Cheers,
    Anna W.

    Posted on Aug 10 at 7:04 am

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