Do you struggle with deciding what kind of bottled water to choose? Well, as there are plenty of brands that sell bottled water, the choice is tough!
But this guide will help you to identify the important factors that impact our decision, such as mineralization, PH, and more!
So that you get the best out of the water you drink and experience the benefits which it provides.
There is no “bad” water. They simply have different characteristics and properties. To choose the best option for you, you have to read the label on the bottle and focus on the following factors:
For long term consumption, it is best to choose water with low mineralization (<50 mg/liter).
- However, if you suffer from any health condition, you can choose water with higher mineral content (>1500 mg/liter). But then be careful about what kind of mineral water you are buying (refer to the mineral water classification). And remember that you should consume water with high mineralization only for a certain period, or from time to time.
- For kids, the mineralization should be NO HIGHER than 120 mg/liter, as they are more prone to toxicity.
- For long term consumption, it is best to drink water with a pH around 7-8, as this is the neutral acidity.
- If you have any health condition which requires you to pay special attention to the pH of the water you drink, here are the guidelines. Waters with pH<7 are considered to be acidic. Waters with pH>8 are considered to be alkaline.
- The sodium content in water is essential for kids and people who suffer from high blood pressure or unbalanced water retention. Those people have to drink water with LOW sodium content (<20 mg/liter).
- For the athletes and people who are very physically active, water with sodium is an excellent choice in the long run!
- For everybody else, it is okay to drink water with moderate/high sodium, but not in the long term.
- As already mentioned, adults should avoid drinking water with fluoride. It does not bring any health benefits to the body, yet the excess amounts cannot be drained. This leads to toxicity easily.
- The kids can consume water with fluoride, but its content should be <1.5 mg/liter. If the content is higher, it imposes health risks.