Not all flavored waters are created equally, so there may be some waters that are good options for some people but not for others. Flavored waters that contain added sugars may not be appropriate for someone with diabetes, for example. Other waters that contain added electrolytes and vitamins may be beneficial for athletes or someone who finds themselves nutrient-depleted, such as people who have just had babies.
Yes, seeing as the base of flavored water is still water, the science of hydration theoretically works the same whether you are drinking plain tap water or you decided to start drinking water with added flavor. Truthfully, there is not much research on whether or not the addition of flavorings like fresh fruit, juice, or non-caloric flavoring packets hydrate you any better or worse than plain water. However, for certain groups of people, such as endurance athletes or people who find that they sweat heavily, drinking flavored water with added carbohydrates and electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, may further improve hydration.
Being well-hydrated is an overlooked aspect of diabetes management. Water is very helpful for overall blood sugar balance, but be mindful of sugars in water flavorings. If adding juice to your water, keep it a very small splash, for example. Or you may want to opt for products that use natural, sugar-free fruit flavorings like True Citrus or contain alternative sweeteners that are shown to have little to no glycemic impact, such as stevia, monk fruit, or sugar alcohols (allulose or erythritol, for example).
Making your own flavored water at home is incredibly easy! All you need is a large pitcher or a personal water bottle, preferably with an infusion insert, and your mix-ins of choice. Simply add fruit, vegetables (try cucumber), herbs, and other flavor elements to the container (you can give it a little mash with a wooden spoon to release some of the juices if needed), top with ice and water, and stir to combine. For a more robust flavor, prepare this pitcher the night before and enjoy your infused water the next day. You can also simply drop a few pieces of frozen fruit into your water, which both chills the water and adds flavor and nutrients. We like frozen berries or frozen pineapple cubes.
The water we all consume generally comes from private wells, municipal water systems, or natural springs. Each of these sources will contain a unique amount of dissolved minerals, bacteria, and other microscopic content that makes the water distinct. It's worth noting that much of our drinking water is treated to affect pH balance, remove potential pathogens, and improve taste. Each water source whether it be a natural spring or municipal system offers a unique mineral profile.
Choosing a non-toxic water bottle for your clean water is equally as important, such as borosilicate glass. Water vessels made of high quality materials that are resistant to chemicals and heat is an important alternative to lower-quality glass or plastic bottles.
Tap water is the water you draw straight from the faucet. It is sourced from nearby dams, rivers, and reservoirs, and it gets to your tap by traveling through a network of pipelines. Tap water is used for most household purposes, including cleaning, cooking, and washing, and it is the most common type of water consumed in American households.
In most cities, tap water is regulated by the local municipality to ensure that potentially harmful substances like lead are not entering the local supply for residents. If you own your home, you may receive a report from your district with their annual water quality results. You can also gain access to these tests as a renter, you will simply have to request the public records.
Thanks to (what remains) of our environmental safety regulations, tap water is safe (generally speaking). But it is not pure. Tap water is usually treated with fluoride as a means to protect tooth enamel. Many people are opposed to water fluoridation, which has been a regular practice in the United States since the 1940s and is a separate conversation altogether.
In addition to fluoride, tap water contains many trace contaminants that are deemed safe under EPA standards (but still worrisome). This includes pesticide residue, aluminum, plastic, microplastic particles, and other metals. Also, just like public swimming pools, tap water is commonly treated with chlorine. Chlorine is added to water to kill bacteria. Although our bodies can handle it in small doses, ingesting chlorine regularly can lead to a variety of health conditions including gut complications, and cancer.
Anyone who has had the privilege of consuming from a spring will tell you it is the best tasting, thirst-quenching water they've ever had. Unfortunately, some bottled water companies will use language like this which can be downright false and misleading. The healthiest way to consume water is often to drink it in its raw form from natural sources. This will allow you to preserve the structure and mineral content of your spring water, without the trace chemicals and synthetic plastics used by most water bottle companies.
Sparkling water, also known as carbonated water, is infused with carbon dioxide. Natural sparkling waters are sourced from mineral springs so they tend to have a high mineral content. For certain brands (Perrier), the carbonation is readded during the bottling process to match the carbonation of the source spring.
As you may have noticed, flavored sparkling water has become incredibly popular. The increase in demand is partly because of health-conscious consumers who have slowed their consumption of soft drinks, and instead opt for sparkling beverages. Generally speaking, sparkling water is better for you than a soft drink (which sets a very low bar), but scientists continue to study the effects of sparkling water on the body and how it compares to traditional water sources. Like soft drinks, many of the popular sparkling water brands use chemical flavor enhancers made in a laboratory. While carbonated water appears relatively harmless, consumers who drink excessive amounts may want to consider switching to spring water for an organic mineral profile free of synthetic additives.
Purified water is often tap water that has been treated. The purifying process removes all contaminants like bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other dissolved solids so that the water is potable. However, purification also means that potentially beneficial substances like minerals and probiotic bacteria are removed from the water.
Distilled water is water that has been boiled into a vapor and condensed and collected as a liquid. Inorganic minerals or metals have a higher boiling point than water, so they are left behind when the water turns into steam at 212 Fahrenheit. The distillation process separates contaminants and provides ultra-pure water (great for industrial applications where mineral buildup and corrosion is a factor). That being said, nearly all of the beneficial minerals your body needs are absent from distilled water.
Alkaline water comes from sources near mineral-rich volcanoes. Alkaline water has dissolved (ionized) water that raises the pH level and is less acidic than most other types of water. Proper pH levels can slow down the aging process and have been shown to prevent cancer. Likewise, too much acid (that is, foods and beverages with a low pH level) can negatively impact our health. As a result, Alkaline water is often sought after for its higher and less acidic pH levels.
Additionally, while there are places in the world with naturally occurring alkaline water, most off-the-shelf alkaline water is not natural. Many of these commercially bottled brands take tap and subject it to a process called electrolysis in order to reduce acidity artificially.
Well water comes straight from the ground and is most commonly found in rural areas. You will typically find wells used for properties that are spaced far apart when it is not efficient to build direct pipelines from a nearby municipal system.
A well collects water that has seeped into the soil from rain and snowmelt, or when streams and rivers drain into surrounding grounds. This water is raw and untreated like spring or glacier water, but it is not as pure because it can attract surface pollution.
When sourced and stored safely, spring water is typically the healthiest option. When spring water is tested, and minimally processed, it offers the rich mineral profile that our bodies desperately crave.
Of course, you can always have too much of a good thing. If water is imbalanced, meaning that it contains too much sodium or tends to be more acidic than regular water, it can be harmful. This is particularly true for people who need to maintain a low sodium diet or suffer from tooth decay. But by and large, spring water is a well-balanced option for healthy drinking water.
Spring water contains unique minerals and organic compounds that offer several health benefits. Drinking two liters of spring water per day provides 10% to 15% of our daily calcium intake and about 33% of our required magnesium intake. The high amounts of calcium, bicarbonate, and magnesium can help maintain healthy bones, making it particularly important in the diets of the elderly.
If you find yourself spending far too much time at the latrine, consider increasing your intake of mineral-rich water. Magnesium also draws water into your intestines and relaxes the intestinal muscles which alleviate constipation.
Yes, water has a taste! Water activates the sour taste receptor cells on our taste buds. The amygdala (which is the part of our brain that processes emotions) is also capable of sensing acidity, so our emotional brain also affects the way water tastes. As a result, everyone has a personal preference as to what makes their favorite water so tasty. Believe it or not, some people do not enjoy the taste of water, and they look to the increasing diversity of flavor additives (think LaCroix and other bubbly alternatives). 59ce067264