Water is one of the basic necessities that an individual needs for survival. This may seem to be a simple clear liquid, but in the bigger picture, it is of great privilege to have clean, running water for daily needs, particularly nourishing the body. With the revolutionary technology that affects every aspect of human life, water has also been subjected to such technological processes. The water business is now replacing the natural flow of water in households with the radical changes in lifestyles and the development in the water systems.
Because of the major role that water plays in life, we do not really take into consideration the kind of water we drink or need. We enjoy having water as part of lives in a daily basis, but we lack proper information as to what extent it is being helpful to our body. While pollution has taken a toll in the water industry, there seems to be new discoveries on how water can aid in providing health benefits for many. No, I’m not talking about the “fountain of youth,”but rather re-orienting yourself with the benefits of water, particularly the one that comes straight from the our faucets. Lifestyles and environmental factors have modified our drinking habits, as well as affected our preferences for the bottled water rather than the fresh tap water. Alongside, there is also a switch in mindset that influenced the preference, inducing us to think that bottled water is better and safer than water from the tap. Treating water is not as easy as it sounds, and it is not just the plain purified water than can help us through when it comes to health benefits. Get to know water better and don’t missed out on some important details to provide you with an educated decision on health concerns.
Bottled Water. Any drinking water, mineral water, carbonated water, spring water, distilled water, or any kind of water that is placed in a plastic or glass bottle and sold in the market. It may be the popular kind of water in restaurants but it is not always safer than tap water, depending on the sources of tap water and bottled water. Bottled water often comes in a plastic material, which can inhibit contaminants and eventually pollute the water it holds. This kind of water also takes something out from the environment, leaving it with lots of garbage courtesy of plastic bottles. You cannot just burn the plastic because it causes pollution, and you cannot bury plastic in soil because it does not decompose. Overall, bottled water is just plain water, except that it is placed in a bottle. Sometimes, you just have to look deeper into the picture rather than judging it by its cover.
Mineral Water. We usually do not like it because it can sometimes leave a distinct taste on the palate, but mineral water is one of the safest waters available to people. It’s the kind of water that contains minerals or other natural elements that give it its distinct flavor, and sometimes give a therapeutic element to it. It obtained from spring water sources, something that flows above the surface of the ground from underneath the soil or the stones. Mineral water is usually sold as bottled water, but you can have it on thermos bottles which are safer and healthier to consume.
Purified Water. This is the kind of water that undergoes some process before it can be consumed for drinking purposes. The purifying process allows the removal of impurities from the water, of which de-ionized and distilled water are the more common forms of purified water. Purified water passes the standards of being a safe drinking water, but it does not mean that it must be consumed like any daily drinking water that you have. Purified water undergoes such processes and contains chemicals like chlorine that remove the natural minerals of water. You don’t want to overdose yourself with chlorinated and processed water for that matter. Instead, you can buy some water purification system and install it at home, something that you can assure yourself and your family of safe and healthy drinking water.
Oxygenated Water. This is probably one of the more controversial types of water that you can find in the market today. Everyone needs oxygen to survive, our bloodstream needs it, our body needs it. This is simply a process of adding more pressure into water bottles or containers to give your drinking water additional dissolved oxygen. The downside is, when you open an oxygenated water container, the pressure is released, leaving your water back to its regular state. Drinking oxygenated water does not ensure you that you will be safe from certain diseases. Some say, it is just the placebo effect that does the magic. It must be a very expensive tool for very minimal health benefits.
Alkaline Ionized Water. I’ve seen people selling these thermos products over the web, but I’m not really sure if I’m becoming a fan of their demonstration. Ionized water has become a sold out treat, especially for those who are not getting younger. Another reason why ionized water is popular is probably because of its acid neutralizing elements, which give a good balance in our body’s acidic properties, preventing toxicity in an individual. Electrolysis in water ionizer allows division of the water elements into alkaline and acidic fractions. Despite the popularity of alkaline ionized water products in the market, health experts are still keen on finding out whether the health benefits it supposedly brings is genuine or because of the famous placebo effect.
Technology has brought the image of water into different higher levels. Sometimes it is hard to imagine that what was once a simple water on glass turned into a source of profits and margins with all the promotions and supposedly health benefits. Water is definitely part of our survival, but it seems like in the water business department, there is an ongoing survival of the fittest, of life-changing water products, that is.