Staying hydrated all day long is essential for health and wellbeing. This article takes you through spring water benefits, and why to choose it over other types.
What is spring water?
Spring water is a common form of bottled water. It refers to underground water that originates from an underground aquifer that sits at the earth’s natural water table. This water finds its way into the earth’s surface, where it flows or collects at an opening of a spring.
It can also be directly collected underground in a borehole.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “this water must be collected only at the spring or through a borehole that taps the underground formation feeding the spring. If some external force is used to collect the water through a borehole, the water must have the same composition and quality as the water that naturally flows to the surface.”
After collection, the water is sampled and analyzed to ensure it meets the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s set safety standards, before being bottled and ready for sell.
Also, not all labeled “spring water” is actually authentic. Research shows that only 58 percent of the water sold under the same label is spring water.
Is spring water good for you?
The primary benefit of spring water is its high mineral content and the fact that it undergoes a natural filtration process, unlike other water types that need chemical or mechanical filtration.
As the water flows through underground rocks, various natural minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and sodium dissolve into the water, leaving it enriched and purified free of chemicals and toxins.
Besides, these minerals come in an ionic form, meaning they can easily be absorbed into the body more than those minerals in food and supplements, including those added to other bottled water.
And with the modern reality of mineral depletion in the soil, food doesn’t have as much mineral as it should, and spring water in its purest form can help meet your mineral requirements. It also contains the highest level of minerals than any other type of water. Furthermore, it’s rich in oxygen which your cells need to function correctly.
Additionally, high mineral concentration in spring water enhances its taste, thus providing a refreshing drinking experience.
Purified vs. spring water
Most people confuse the two, but unlike spring water which is naturally filtered underground, purified water undergoes controlled filtration and purification to remove contaminants and impurities.
Common methods of purification include boiling, filtration, distillation, and chlorination.
Spring water benefits:
The water you choose to drink is important, and there are many choices. Purified varieties are the most common, followed by spring water, but which one should you go for and why?
1. It’s rich in major essential minerals
Magnesium: Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
It’s essential for maintaining a healthy body and brain and for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
But as essential as it is, research shows that about 50 percent of the people in the US get less than the daily recommendation.
Magnesium helps keep your heart rate steady, maintains normal nerve and muscle functions, supports healthy and strong bones, and maintains a robust immune system.
Potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body.
It aids nerve signaling, muscle contraction, and fluid balance.
High potassium intake may help lower blood pressure and protect against stroke. It may also prevent water retention, prevent kidney stones, and protect against osteoporosis.
A commonly known source of potassium is bananas, legumes, and leafy greens. Still, in addition to these foods, spring water can be your supplemental source, especially when you’re not eating, like when fasting.
Sodium is an electrolyte that balances fluid levels and prevents low blood pressure.
The body also requires sodium to contract and relaxes muscles and conduct nerve impulses.
While too much sodium, especially the supplemental form can be harmful in conditions like high blood pressure. Its natural occurrence in spring water provides it in favorable and tolerable amounts.
Calcium is vital for healthy bones and teeth. It also plays a crucial role in various body functions. Like magnesium, it supports muscle and nerve function, among other benefits.
However, we tend to lose calcium as we age, so supplementing through food and the water you drink is essential.
In addition, sufficient consumption of calcium can reverse age-related bone loss.
2. Spring water is naturally alkaline
The alkalinity of water refers to its PH level. A PH level is a number that measures how alkaline or acidic something is on a scale of 0 to 14.
The less the number on the PH scale, the more acidic the substance is, and the higher the number, the more alkaline it is.
Normal drinking water has a neutral PH of 7, while alkaline water has 8 or 9.
This alkalinity neutralizes the body’s PH, thus creating a conducive balance for various body processes.
A healthy body should be able to maintain your body PH whether you take alkaline water or not, but due to various reasons, including poor food choices and general lifestyle, the body may lose the ability to conduct this function effectively. Introducing spring water can help restore balance and promote healthy cell functions.
3. Free of chemicals and bacteria
Since spring water is obtained directly from the aquifer. It’s pure and free of bacteria, toxins, heavy metals, and added chemicals like fluoride used to treat tap water. It’s also free of lead which often leaches from the pipes where tap water flows.
What is the best spring water?
Again, not all spring water sold in the store is genuine. Always look for a reputable brand with a long history, and that clearly states where their water is sourced.
While some springs may be closer to the cities, those further from the cities, towns, and industrial places are less likely to contain contaminants.
You can quickly learn where a particular brand is sourced, from the information on their package. If there is no such thing, check out their website and even give them a call.
Final thoughts on spring water benefits:
Spring water refers to naturally occurring underground water that finds its way unto the surface or through holes drilled into the ground to collect it like a borehole.
It’s high in beneficial minerals, free of chemicals and other contaminants, and its alkaline PH can help balance your body’s PH and promote function.
Spring water should not be confused with purified water. Always read the labels to ensure you buy a high-quality brand.
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