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Health Benefits of Mineral Water

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Mazlan didn't think much about fitness and health before, but as age crept up on him he realized the importance of staying fit and healthy.

If you are confused by conflicting arguments on the health benefits of mineral water, keep in mind that they are not all the same.

Natural Mineral Water

Water that comes out of the ground will pass through several layers of rocks and will contain the mineral elements of these rocks. Depending on the source, some of these dissolved minerals may either be good or bad for health. Hence, mineral water from these sources will vary in its content and quality.

Bottled Mineral Water

Once these mineral waters are bottled, the quality will again be affected by the bottling method and on how it was stored.

Confused?

Read on for further clarification. You will also learn how to identify a good product by its label.

Benefits of mineral water infographic

Benefits of mineral water infographic

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

"Mineral water is any natural water that contains at least 250 parts per million of total dissolved solids (TDS). It must be verified through a lab test whereby a litre of water, evaporated at 180 degrees C, should leave a residue of minerals and salts.

Up to 249 mg/liter is classified as 'Spring Water'.

From 250 to 500 mg/liter is considered 'Low Mineral Content' or Light Mineral Water

Above 500 mg/liter is considered normal or High Mineral Content.

This mineral water must be from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. It can either be flat or sparkling. No minerals may be added to this water."

In other countries, these standards may vary and the term "mineral water" can be water with a lower TDS. So when you travel abroad, be extra careful with the quality of bottled water. Read the label to learn more.

Bottled mineral water in different countries may have different TDS

Bottled mineral water in different countries may have different TDS

What Are the Health Benefits?

Are there any health benefits from drinking mineral water?

There are many and the most important reason is the mineral content in the water that will benefit you because of their healing properties.

Since our body can more easily absorb minerals from the water as opposed to food, you gain more by drinking.

Here are some of the benefits.

It helps detoxify the body from any potentially harmful substances.

The best time to benefit from this process is to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Start with one glass and gradually progress to two glasses.

There are no calories in mineral water, so you don't have to worry about weight issues.

Our sweat is water that has a varying amount of dissolved minerals such as chloride, sodium, calcium, iron, potassium, and others. When we sweat, we get rid of body heat, water in our body and these electrolytes.

Drinking mineral water helps replenish what is lost and can balance the electrolytes in the body.

For people who suffer from lactose intolerance, drinking mineral water will provide part of their calcium intake.

Refer to the World Health Organization report for more detail (below).

This may surprise you but based on a study published in 2004 by the Journal of Nutrition, drinking mineral water can lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol (HDL).

The study concluded that this may be due to sodium content present in mineral water.

Based on studies, (by S. Williams, N. Krueger, M. Davids, D. Kraus and M. Kerscher in 2007), drinking mineral water (as compared to tap water), shows a better skin-hydrating effect.

Drinking it, especially the sparkling kind will motivate you to drink more since it tastes better than tap water.

So keep the body hydrated and drink at least eight glasses of water. Drink even more if you work out, or are out on a hot sunny day.

Based on a report from the UK's The Daily Mail newspaper, drinking a liter of silicon-rich mineral water every day can reduce the cognitive decline in Alzheimer's. This is done by removing the neurotoxin aluminum from the body.

The newspaper quoted research done at Keele University in Staffordshire, England.

Mineral Water Brands That Help Alzheimer

The brand of water that was used in the study was 'Spritzer' from Malaysia, which contains high levels of silicon.

Other brands with similar levels of silicon that are available in the UK are Volvic and Fiji water, as reported by The Daily Mail.

Spritzer is one of the mineral water brands identified to have high silicon content that helps reduce Alzheimer's memory loss,

Spritzer is one of the mineral water brands identified to have high silicon content that helps reduce Alzheimer's memory loss,

Natural thermal waters are hot mineral waters with a high concentration of sulfate, calcium, and chloride. It has been used for centuries to improve skin and mobility problems such as arthritis.

It works by reducing inflammation and swelling of the muscles and joints, hence reducing the pain.

This water is, however, not suitable for drinking due to a very high level of sulfate.

The word 'SPA' which is associated with thermal bath, is a Latin phrase ‘Salus Per Aquam’ which means ‘health through water’.

Mineral water contains the following minerals that are beneficial to your health. There are also minerals that may be harmful. This will be clarified in the next section.

  • Magnesium: Helps strengthen the immune system, relaxes the body and muscles, and lowers blood pressure
  • Chloride and Bicarbonates: Helps balance the digestive system
  • Iron: Helps deliver oxygen to the blood system
  • Sulfate: Cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • Calcium: Strengthens the bones and teeth

Although there are other minerals present in mineral water, the above are the most commonly present in all brands. They are also responsible for giving each brand its distinctive taste.

One of the functions of water is to help the body to renew your blood and this happens every 15 days. So, if you drink lots of better quality water, it removes the toxic substances in the body and replenishes it with the blood of better properties.

Generally, most mineral waters are of high quality, which will be beneficial for this process.

In the study by researchers at the University of Montana, people who drink mineralized water lose body fluids at a slower rate when compared to those who don't.

This translates to better cardiovascular performance. Hence, you will have more energy during your workout and will recover faster.

Other uses for mineral water: Use mineral water to rinse your hair

Other uses for mineral water: Use mineral water to rinse your hair

The next time you wash your hair, try rinsing it with mineral water. Shampoo as normal with tap water, then rinse with bottled mineral water. Try this for two weeks and you will see noticeable results. It washes out the hard water and helps to balance the scalp and hairs' pH level.

You will get healthier and shinier hair, as reported in a Daily Mail newspaper article. So yes, mineral water is good for the hair.

Alternatively, you can spray your hair with mineral water or mix it with your favorite hairspray before you blow it dry. Try Evian water, which now sells mineral water spray for hair and face.

Some of the reasons given as to why it is not healthy to drink mineral water are:

  1. There are also non-beneficial minerals like sodium, sulfur, and nitrate (in some brands of mineral water) on top of the good essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  2. Good minerals can be taken by eating a healthy and balanced diet or by taking supplements. Our body needs minerals only in small quantities so, it is not necessary to drink mineral water to get them.
  3. Bottled drinks, including bottled mineral water, are not healthy. Chemicals in the plastic bottle can be released into the water, especially if it is left in a car on a hot sunny day.
  4. Mineral water bottling cost makes bottled water cost more compared to tap water.

In response to the above comments, your action plans are:

  • Read the label before buying to see its content. Generally, most brands have reasonable amounts of beneficial minerals.
  • Buy only new production bottled mineral water and not old stock to reduce any chances of leached chemicals.
  • Do not leave bottled mineral water in an area exposed to direct sunlight or heat, such as in cars parked on a hot sunny day.
Read the label, as from this photo, you can see these mineral waters all have different contents

Read the label, as from this photo, you can see these mineral waters all have different contents

Read the label before buying bottled mineral water and you will be making a healthier choice by understanding its contents.

Check for the followings:

  • Sodium: If your diet is already high in hidden sodium and you combine that with mineral water that is also high in sodium, you might exceed the recommended limit. This will be harmful if you suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Nitrates: Mineral water with high nitrate content may be harmful to pregnant women and babies under six months old. It is best to avoid brands that have nitrate content. The maximum contaminant level (MCL) for nitrate is 45mg/l. For nitrogen MCL is 10mg/l. For nitrite, the MCL is 1mg/l.
  • Aluminum: Although the effects of aluminum are still uncertain, especially with regard to Alzheimer's disease, it is best to avoid brands that have traces of it in their water.
  • Sulfates: As sulfates are present in most ground-waters, you will find almost all brands with traces of this mineral. Sulfates are known to detoxify the liver, assist in digestion, and improve skin health by increasing circulation. It will also reduce muscle cramps. But if taken in excess of 250-500mg/l, it will not only make the water taste bitter, it will also act as a laxative. Not a very good idea especially if you are on the move.

Codex Code

Note: Refer to 'Codex Code for Mineral Water' (CODEX STAN 108-1981) for more information on the maximum allowable amounts of the mineral substances in the bottled Natural Mineral Water.

Some bottled mineral water may either be distilled or tap water that has been processed and added with minerals during the bottling stage.

So, read the label to know if you are buying natural mineral water or otherwise.

Also, read the label for the followings:

  • Acidity (pH): Mineral water should be neutral and have a pH level of 7 or slightly higher. Below 7 means the water is acidic and above 7, it is alkaline.
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS): According to the FDA, it must be at least 250 mg/liter (or 250 parts per million)
  • Other mineral elements that may be present in the water are listed below. Some of these are beneficial to your health, whilst some are not. For commercial reasons, no sane manufacturers will bottle mineral water that has minerals that are harmful to human consumption!
  • Any pertinent nutritional claims
  • Any contact information for the bottler
  • Type of water, its source, and how it was processed.

If in doubt, contact the bottler and ask for their latest test results.

  • Aluminum (Al)
  • Arsenic (As)
  • Borondioxyde (BO2-)
  • Bromine (Br-)
  • Calcium (Ca++)
  • Chloride (Cl-)
  • Cobalt (Co)
  • Carbondioxyde (CO2)
  • Chromium (Cr-)
  • Copper (Cu++)
  • Fluoride (F-)
  • Germanium (Ge)
  • Hydrogencarbonate (HCO3-)
  • Iodine (I)
  • Iron (Fe++)
  • Lithium (Li+)
  • Magnesium (Mg++)
  • Manganese (Mn+)
  • Nitrate (NO3-)
  • Potassium(K+)
  • Rubidium (Rb)
  • Silica (SiO2)
  • Sodium (Na+)
  • Strontium (Sr++)
  • Sulfate (SO4--)
  • Zinc (Zn++)

About 70% of our bodies are filled with water but this figure varies differently with different people.

The various organs in our bodies also contain water.

  • Our brain is 70% water
  • Our lungs are 90% water
  • Blood is 83% water
  • Our lean muscle tissues are 75% water.

Every day we lose body water through sweat and other body wastes. On average, we must daily replace about 5 pints of water, daily.

Hence, it is important that we replenish it because it will:

  • Transport oxygen and nutrition to the cells in the body
  • Help cushion our joints
  • Assist in bowel movements
  • Help regulate our body temperature
  • Reduce the chance of getting urinary tract infections
  • Help maintain good kidney function
  • Regulate our blood pressure and stop it from dropping to life-threatening levels
  • Keep blood from clotting and defend against blood clots
  • Help moisturize and keep our skin from being dry
  • Reduce the chance of getting frequent headaches

Drinking appropriate quantities of good quality water will, therefore, keep our body in good working condition.

Mineral Water vs Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is water with bubbles or effervescence called carbonation and is formed when carbon dioxide is infused in the water. It can be a natural occurrence from a natural spring, hence called sparkling mineral water (e.g Perrier water) or man-made (e.g. tonic water). Some of the man-made sparkling waters are flavored with sweetener and fruit flavoring which are not very healthy.

So, now you know the difference, stick to either mineral water or sparkling mineral water.

Benefits of Sparkling Mineral Water

In addition to enjoying the benefits from mineral water, sparkling mineral water has the added benefits of:

  • The high levels of bicarbonate that make sparkling mineral water an alkaline beverage
  • This also helps to strengthen your bones
  • The higher level of magnesium in sparkling mineral water helps to regulate your blood pressure.

Disadvantages of Sparkling Mineral Water

  • The bubble or effervescence from sparkling mineral water can cause a build-up of air which leads to bloating and flatulence
  • If this is in excess, it can produce stomach acid that irritates the stomach lining and later becomes a peptic ulcer

Verdict

Stick to mineral water and not sparkling mineral water if you have a history of stomach problems.

Now you know why you must stay hydrated and why drinking lots of water will keep you healthy.

With its many health benefits, it is a good idea to drink natural mineral water to replenish lost water.

Remember not all brands are the same. Mineral water comes from many sources and will not taste the same or have the same mineral content.

Before buying any, please read the label for its sources and content.

Choosing the right brand will give you the right health benefits.

Stay hydrated and enjoy.

References & Resources


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is sparkling water?

Answer: It is like a carbonated drink, as in 7-Up.

© 2012 Mazlan

Comments

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on August 22, 2020:

Hi, Liliane. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on August 22, 2020:

Hi, Jacobs. thanks or your feedback.

Jacob Clark on August 21, 2020:

I've known for so long that the body needs minerals that I don't even remember who told me about it. All fitness nutritional guidelines state that the human body needs Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and nutrients. This is easy to prove. You just need to disassemble a person into chemical elements. So we see what minerals we are made of. The article https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324910#o... talks about the benefits of minerals for the human body. I have been working for https://blosumcbd.com/products/ for over 3 years. We discuss this topic very often. Therefore, I can say with confidence that minerals are very necessary for a person!

Liliane on August 08, 2020:

useful information. I drink Brita water but not will change to mineral water.

shunx on October 05, 2018:

Thanks for this.

may mcgee on April 24, 2018:

very good article,learned quite a bit of useful information

nj on December 17, 2017:

Very good article, especially liked that it analysed the cons of mineral water as well

Flan Throop Pa. on November 11, 2017:

Mineral makes me feel great !

But so does Beer & Ale !

Who Knew?

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on September 25, 2017:

Paul, thanks for the compliment.

I guess you can consider mineral water as a supplement. It is not just a drink. It contains minerals that are beneficial to our body.

Paul on September 23, 2017:

awesome article

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on August 08, 2017:

Thanks, Bryan. I am glad this article on the health benefits of mineral water has benefitted you!

Bryan on August 05, 2017:

Wow I learned a lot from this article!

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on April 19, 2017:

Susan, if you live in an area that has hard water, the shampoo residue may linger on as hard water will not be effective enough to clean it thoroughly. With mineral water, it does a better job and will bring back the hair shine. Give it a try.

Susan on April 11, 2017:

I don't know mineral water is good for your hair. This is something I must try.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on January 04, 2017:

sait keçeci ...thanks for the compliment

Lee..thank you for dropping by.

sait keçeci on January 04, 2017:

great information thanks

Lee on October 20, 2016:

Great information about mineral.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on October 09, 2013:

Very useful information, and I discover a lot more about mineral water (including the fact that it has calcium). Great stuff indeed! :)

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 10, 2012:

@Movie Master, Thanks. I am glad you found the article useful and have learnt something from it. Thanks again for the visit and commenting.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 08, 2012:

An excellent article, thank you for the useful information, I've learnt a lot thank you and voted up

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 08, 2012:

@TotalHealth, I am glad this article has been useful, thanks for dropping by and commenting

TotalHealth from Hermosa Beach, CA on June 07, 2012:

Great information. Next time I buy mineral water I will make certain to pay closer attention to the label. Thanks!

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@teaches12345, thanks for dropping by and sharing. Good to hear from you again.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@Simone. Spa mineral water usually have higher level of sodium, not too good for drinking though!! Thanks for the visit.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@lindacee. Thanks and I am glad the article prompts you to choose before buying your next bottled mineral water.

Dianna Mendez on June 07, 2012:

I may have to look into a spa that offers a mineral bath. It sounds like it would be beneficial to the joints. Thanks for pointing out the benefits. The bottling process does make a difference. My husband used to work for a general bottler and the process produced a much better tasting water (at least to me) than others. Voted up.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 07, 2012:

Wow, I didn't know that mineral water had so many potential benefits. I only really drink it when I go to spas, and then it's just the water that bubbles up from that particular spring. Thanks for giving the overview- and dispelling some common misunderstandings surrounding the subject.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 07, 2012:

It's so funny we assume that just because something is labeled as mineral water, it must be good for us. Now I know that's not the case. As K said, I'll be doing some research before I make another purchase. I really liked your informational capsules and the quotes about water! Excellent Hub. :)

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@johnsmitht, Yes you are right, too much water including mineral water can be bad as it forces the kidney to work harder. It will also increase the total blood volume and this will also force the heart and blood vessels to work extra hard. With anything, do it in moderation and listen to your body for any telltale signs of 'danger'. Although the quantum of minerals in mineral water may not be that much to hit the daily limits, but when combined with other foods and supplement that we may take, it might increase the level. In the US and Europe , drinking tap water is safe and tap water in these countries also have traces of these minerals, but at lower levels. That is why it is important to read the label and buy brands with lower level or not exceeding the limit. Thanks for bringing this very important point and for sharing it with us.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@jdzwrdz I am glad you find the article useful and thanks for sharing. Hot springs can be addictive!

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@krsharp05. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Appreciate that.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 07, 2012:

@leahlefler. I was traveling with one of the airlines where they had this mist spray (that they keep in the toilet) to help you with an aircraft cabin dehydration problem. I will use them on my face and it really helps. I think it was mineral water.

johnsmitht on June 06, 2012:

Thanks for sharing with us your knowledge of the benefits of mineral water. Just a little precaution though. Too much of anything can be bad for your health - mineral water included.

Drinking no other fluids other than mineral water may spike up your Magnesium (Mg) and Potassium (K) levels. Though it all depends on the amount electrolytes and minerals your water contains.

jdzwrdz on June 06, 2012:

Great Hub. Lots of info. I've had the opportunity to wade in mineral laden hots springs during my time in Steamboat Springs Colorado. It was great

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on June 06, 2012:

This is very useful information. I clearly need to pay more attention to the type of water I purchase. Thank you for the boost! -K

Leah Lefler from Western New York on June 06, 2012:

Wow - I had no idea you could use mineral water on your hair! You have so many ideas and facts about mineral water here. It is interesting that this type of water has a better hydrating effect than plain water.

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