Perhaps it is the importance of water to all life – something that everyone is intimately, almost instinctively, aware of – that has led to us creating many different types of such a simple substance. The actual composition of the water itself, of course, never changes. Water is H2O and nothing else; all the other touted benefits and mineral profiles of water products refer instead to what is suspended in the water. Everyone needs water, and you can add almost anything to it to make different water products. Perhaps it is the combination of these two factors that has led to the astonishing multiplicity of brands and water products.
Which Water is The Best?
It is only natural that, when faced with so many different types of water all proclaiming different health benefits, it is very easy to be become totally confused by the scene and default to simply drinking the most convenient type to obtain, either from the tap or the store, telling yourself that “water is water”. Well, water may be water, but every water product (on account of the extra stuff added) is in fact quite markedly different.
A better tactic then might be to try and cut through the marketing bluff and get to the substance of what water type is actually the best for you. Everyone has different needs, but a solid contender (just because the sheer number of benefits it offers) is hydrogen water. Hydrogen water is a relatively recent trend, but Synergy Science, one brand offering the stuff, say that it is the sheer variety of benefits which make hydrogen water so successful.
What You Didn’t Know About Popular Water Types
The example of hydrogen water captures well the diversity of benefits which can be derived from different water products. There are so many (or so many claimed) in fact, that it might be better to focus to what they are not telling you about the various water products out there. This is the best way to cut through the marketing spin and truly compare the different water products on the market. Here then follows some downsides to some of the most popular water types that you might not have been aware of:
Presence of Contaminants
Contaminants in water can be classed into different groups. Obviously, any municipal water supply deemed “safe to drink” will certainly be safe to drink, meaning there are no dangerous or harmful contaminants contained in it. But that does not mean everything suspended in the water is beneficial. Filtered and purified water has been specifically designed for people who are concerned about trace amounts of plastic, pesticide residue, or fluoride making it into the water they drink.
But water isn’t sweet, right? Well, flavored water can be. Although flavored water is normally sold as a hydrating form of juice, the reason that the product can remain mainly water, containing a low mass of additives and still be sweet is that powerful and artificial sweeteners have been added. These are not always the healthiest things in the world.
Devoid of Essential Nutrients
The likes of purified and filtered water certainly have many benefits and can be a good guard against contaminants. However, not all those “contaminants” are bad. Some essential nutrients are found in various types of water, and water that is devoid of these loses the health benefits they bring.
Ultimately, choosing the best water is all about what your priorities are. But finding out the downsides of several different kinds is a good way to make a more informed choice.