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

Water: It makes up almost 75 percent 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?

Brands like Dasani and Aquafina are cleaned-up city water.

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

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

ancient-liquid_1If you're not getting enough minerals from your water and your diet, then you need a mineral supplement. Our Ancient Earth Minerals Liquid provides a highly concentrated source of amino acids and humic, fulvic, micro, and macro minerals. It's also easy to add to water.

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 cancer.1
  • 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 acidic.2
  • 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.

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.


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 bacteria. 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 Ancient Earth Minerals Liquid. This amazing formula is a concentrated, alkalizing nutritional supplement that can detox your body from harmful pollutants and give you the minerals you need to thrive. Even better, our Ancient Earth Minerals Liquid is easy to add to water and sip on throughout the day.

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.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Is bottled water dangerous, and are you really drinking the best water for your health? The unfortunate truth is that tap water in the U.S. is treated, processed, and disinfected municipal water; distilled water that has been vaporized and collected may be entirely devoid of minerals; reverse osmosis water that is forced through membranes to remove pollutants may be acidic; deionized water is free from ionized impurities but may still contain bacteria and pathogens.

All of these common types of water are completely lacking in the essential minerals that your body needs to maintain good health. Even worse, popular bottled water brands are not the health superstars they have been made out to be. Not only can harmful toxins from plastic water bottles leach into the water that you are drinking, but many major bottled water brands contain purified municipal water, aka cleaned-up city water, that is still lacking in critical minerals.

So, what should you be drinking? We highly recommend naturally clean, pure, and mineral-rich water to nourish the body and support your health. Examples include well water, bottled natural spring water, bottled artesian or spring waters, and mineral water. These types of water may contain valuable nutrients and essential minerals, like magnesium, sodium, and potassium, required to support almost every function in the body and especially the adrenals. You can also use Absolute 1 Micron Filtration or Ozonation filters at home to maintain mineral integrity in your water supply.

Drinking the wrong kind of water may do more harm than good, but we think you’ll notice a big difference in your energy and vitality when you are drinking 8 to 10 glasses a day of the pure, mineral-rich water your body needs. Adding one dropperful (1mL) of Body Ecology's Ancient Earth Minerals Liquid to pure water each day can provide balance and help to offset commonplace mineral deficiency.


  1. Study: Water treatment byproduct linked to cancer in rats,, 17 Jun 1997.
  2. Ephraim, Rebecca, "What's the Best Water to Drink?", Sep 2003.
  3. Davis, William, "Is Your Bottled Water Killing You?" LE Magazine, Feb 2007.

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  • Charles

    Why does water need inorganic minerals in it? Waters job is to break down minerals for plants which in turn use photosynthesis to turn inorganic minerals into soluble organic minerals which is what we actually can use our body can not break down inorganic rocks/minerals that's why DISTILLED water is the ONLY true pure water that's exactly what the sun does everyday distill water from oceans lakes etc. leaving all the heavy particles like salt dirt lime &copper behind then when it rains it's distilled water but we have polluted the air so bad until rain water is not the safest to drink but it still might be safer than tap water. Distilled water will break down any stones you have or calcium build up in your joints from drinking hard mineral water just like it breaks down minerals for the plants it will break down any inorganic mineral and drag them out of your body so only the soluble minerals can remain. Get your minerals from plants not HARD WATER!!!

  • Kameko Bruns

    This is just the kind of stupidity I have come to experience from pseudo-scientific morons like the idiot who authored this farce. Wells and spring can be chock full of naturally occurring chemicals that are fatal in even minor concentrations.

    Further, your "Absolute 1 micron" filter isn't going to do shit against something like lead dust which has a sub-1 micron particle size. Same with asbestos (.9), some bacteria which are as small as .3 microns, Bromine (0.7), and other toxins.

    This post is pure horseshit.

  • teesa

    Statement above is true and CORRECT.

  • diane

    I fill up my gallon water jug and guzzle it all day....easier than 8 glasses.

  • Superoxide Dismutase

    ROFL. Lack of nutrients in water is so unbelievably negligible that it's laughable. You have way more important things to be worrying about, like your diet, if you feel nutrients from water is essential to you.

  • HitechRO

    Nice sharing. I want to known which kind of water is best for our body. Thank you.

  • HitechRO

    amazing! This information is very helpful. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Skipper

    i drink toilet water for the minerals

  • KeiraKnows

    Our home gets its water from a natural well. This particular well water naturally contains too much lead and arsenic, way beyond safe levels, so we have to use bottled spring water for cooking and drinking.
    Well water isn't always "naturally clean and pure", as your article claims, and should be lab tested instead of just taking it for granted that it's safe for consumption.

  • เล่นหวยออนไลน์

    Truly no matter if someone doesn't be aware of then its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it occurs.

  • BioBach

    Most water filters do not remove minerals. Only reverse osmosis filters and filters containing ion-exchange resins will filter minerals, salts, or heavy metals. It is best to have a water lab test your filtered, bottled, or natural-source water if you want to know what is "still" in it. There are many in every city. Then, go from there. If you make your purified water with a distiller, you must add the right amount of minerals back to it. The World Health Organization has a study on that that warns people not to drink just distilled water.

  • shawncorrigan

    I do have many questions.
    I know without a doubt that most municipalities use either Hydrofluoroyisilic acid or hexofluorosysilic acid (residue from fertilizer production and aluminum production. they add approx 4 parts per billion. this is a neurotoxin that crosses the blood-brain barrier and destroys destroys the brain. it also does damage throughout the rest of the body. this is being done intentionally . I know most people do not believe this but the facts are impossible to deny. This is only a small part of what is going on.
    So my question is where do i get good water ? i disagree with the distillers. the electricity generated thru motion and the added minerals are real . distilled water does not have this. should i try to filter ?? what about well water in an area that is not tainted with residual chemicals from farming etc ?

  • Jane Steen

    This is a great post! Most of the blog I read contains only the types of water to drink. It's good to read something that has types of drink that should be avoided.

  • talona17

    You can check to locate a natural spring where you can bottle fresh
    pure spring water from the source.

  • Jennie Hu

    Wonder natural spring water is not harmful to drink at least 8 glasses a day?
    We live close to the city that have at least 9 springs to catch free water. Each spring has different minerals content level and alkaline.
    Wonder if I drink more than 8 glasses a day that add too much minerals in body too much calcium may create kidney stone or any stone in organs in our body?
    Look forward for your reply!
    Jennie Hu

  • Altair

    After reading reviews online and actually tasting different bottled water, I have settled on Nestlé's Pure Life water. It's cheap ( local store has it on sale for $5 for 2 24 bottle cases) and it tastes great. I used to laugh @ people buying bottled water, but as my local water supply has been adding more chlorine and who knows what & my house is over 100 years old & probably has lead pipes, I am now a bottled water drinker.

  • Amber C Woodson

    Can I use distilled water in a Brita filtered pitcher as drinking water since it has now been filtered?

  • haydee

    The best water is Enagic Kangen Water a miracle water. Change your Water, Change you Life. the kangen water helping to puss out the toxin &acids in your body, helps to penetrate the nutrient in your cell and help to balance & stabilize your body. It's great water. Meracle for everyone. Try it. you feel the big difference. God Bless Us all. I prove it into my self. Hope I can help you guy to find a good water. more blessing us.

    Change your Water, Change your Life.
    Haydee P.

  • John

    The best Water to drink is ZamZam Water, You are free to research it and find out the benefits from drinking this water.

  • Stefanie

    Best water to drink should be as follow:
    1.with mineral
    2.PH 7.3 more or less, similar to our blood.
    3. small molecule water
    We have two unique water purifying sets, One is for portable drinking water, and other is for other activities such as need power, no waste of water. the filtered water as good as natural spring.

    Our purifiers first removeharmful chlorine from water but maintain the minerals in the water further adding Zn+ and maintaining the pH as same as our blood which is about ph 7.3. the water can cure some sickness and the towel that we use is as soft as new.


  • justnuts

    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.

  • Gary

    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 !

  • Denise

    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.

  • Denise

    @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

    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!!


    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.).

  • YOPO

    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.

  • Jean Lee

    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!!!!!!

  • Maddie

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

  • Jill Osborn

    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.

  • ray hare

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

  • Louis Newstrom

    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!


  • http://You tube Anna

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

  • Jennifer

    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....

  • Mary Spingath

    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?

  • LearnQigongOnline

    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).

  • Candy

    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?

  • Jennifer

    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.

  • azhar

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

  • Robyn

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

  • Sophia

    My question still wasn't answered, Which water is the best to drink?

  • Helen

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

  • Jose Sanchez

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

  • Aurelio Yopo

    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.

  • alkaff
    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.

  • Richard Kendrick

    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.

  • lona

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

  • sonny

    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,

  • gayle

    any comments on buying and using alkaline water produced with 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.

  • try it

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

  • Peter

    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.

  • RO is bad

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

  • Linda Pooley

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

  • Dalton

    Hey guys,

    If you want some of the best life-support water there is check out this website: 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.

    Dalton G

  • daniel nii kpani addy

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

  • Dennis

    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!

  • Sharyl Shaffer

    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?

  • Samantha

    Thanks for the info

  • Khauttran

    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

  • Philip

    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

  • Anna

    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.

    Anna W.

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