What is Mineral Water?
Before going any further, let’s first define what mineral water really is. 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 it is classified as ‘Spring Water’.
From 250 to 500 mg/liter, it is considered ‘Low Mineral Content’ or Light Mineral Water and,
Above 500 mg/liter, 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” (1)
Now, let’s discuss why water in general, is very important to our bodies. Approximately 70% of our bodies are made up of water; even our organs are composed of a large quantity of water. Moreover, we lose body water each day through perspiration and other body wastes. In fact, about 2.4 liters of water should be replaced daily. The lost water should be replaced in order to maintain proper bodily functions such as:
- Transporting oxygen and nutrients to our cells
- Assisting in bowel movements
- Regulation of body temperature
- Preventing urinary tract infections and maintaining proper kidney function
- Regulation of blood pressure levels
- Preventing our skin from getting dry by keeping it moisturized (1)
Is Mineral Water Bad for You?
Over the years, drinking mineral water has become a part of our daily routine. But did you know that the water we are drinking may be more than just a thirst quencher? Yes, you heard it right; mineral water might be one of the best and safest beverages around. Despite the debates and claims that mineral water is not that beneficial to our body and can actually cause harm, a lot of the evidence states otherwise. I personally believe that there are many advantages of drinking mineral water. The name itself indicates that mineral water contains minerals, and these minerals are vital for the proper functioning of our bodies.
So, What do we get from drinking Mineral water?
Basically, mineral water contains essential compounds needed in our body. This includes Sulfate, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Sodium, to name a few. The benefits of sulfate are diverse and include, supporting joints, muscles and nervous system as well as general body detoxification (2). Magnesium and Clacium on the other hand, are important compounds involved in maintaining strong bones. Moreover, Magnesium helps regulate proper blood pressure levels (3). Other benefits include the following:
- Replacing Electrolytes
As mentioned earlier, we lose electrolytes and minerals from our bodies on a daily basis- through sweat and other bodily wastes. By consuming mineral water, we can help replenish the water that was lost and maintain the balance of electrolytes in our bodies. (1)
- Lose Weight
Since mineral water doesn’t contain calories and is fat-free, you don’t have to worry about gaining weight. Unlike other beverages available in the market such as sodas, juices and many others, mineral water does not promote weight gain. This is also the reason why some people opt to use “Water Therapy” in order to lose weight. In this kind of diet program, when it isn’t meal time yet, people just drink water instead of eating foods when they are hungry. This allows them to feel full and will prevent them from craving for food. Moreover, Mayo Clinic suggests that greater weight loss can be achieved by cutting calories from our beverages rather than cutting calories from our meals. (4)
- Calcium for our Bones
Mineral Water contains a decent amount of calcium. Therefore, people who suffer from lactose intolerance might benefit from drinking mineral water due to the calcium content. After menopause, women are at high risk of having bone loss, which may lead to certain bone related illnesses such as osteoporosis. Though, drinking mineral water on a regular basis can help maintain normal bone density. (4)
- Lowers your Cholesterol
Maintaining normal levels of cholesterol in your body leads to proper cardiovascular function, thus preventing you from developing various types of heart disease. When consuming mineral water, Low Density Lipoproteins or LDL, may be reduced. These LDLs are the “bad” cholesterols and are one of the greatest risk factors for developing heart disease. Moreover, the potassium and magnesium content in mineral water help support heart function. (4)
- Maintains Muscle Performance
The magnesium content in mineral waters plays a key role in the proper functioning of our muscles. Magnesium acts by facilitating proper relaxation and contraction of our muscles. Since of magnesium deficiency includes, but is not limited to, muscle aches and cramps. (4)
- Skin Hydration
Drinking mineral water on a regular basis can actually help hydrate your skin. Because it contains silica, it strengthens the spongy cells found between elastin and collagen fibers and also slows the formation of wrinkles. (4)
So, is mineral water bad for you? Drinking mineral water actually does give you a lot of health benefits, as discussed above. However, we should stay sceptical and read the mineral content of each brand since some brands may contain higher Sodium content, and that may not be of great use to us. We recommend giving Fiji Water a try.