There are so many different options available today when it comes to water that it can be difficult to choose which water is the best drinking water. There is spring water, distilled water, remineralized water, purified water and tap water to name a few. Lets explore some of these options together in an attempt to find out which water is the best drinking water.
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci
Differences Between Distilled Water, Spring Water, Purified Water and Tap Water
Distilled water is water than has been purified using distillation. The water can be taken from many sources such as tap water, well water, lakes, streams or even snow. Once taken from the source, the water is purified using the distillation process. This consists of boiling the impurities as well as the minerals out of the water and then collecting the water droplets from the condensed steam in a separate container. Distilled water can also be considered a type of purified water.
Spring Water is water that has been gathered from a stream. Spring water is the most popular type of water and can be found at most stores. Spring water may sound like the most natural, but it is important to note it can contain contamination such as arsenic and coliform. One must also consider many distributors label water as “spring water” when it is really just bottled tap water or even worse, taken from an unknown source.
Purified Water is water that can come form almost any source, but has been purified to remove any contaminants that were contained in the water. Deionization, reverse osmosis and carbon filtration are the methods most often used to remove any chemicals from the water. It is important to note, like distilled water the original minerals have been removed from the water through the purification process.
Tap Water is water taken from a tap or faucet usually found in your house. This type of water comes through the pipes in your home from the main supply of your cities public water system. Tap water is water that has not been purified or distilled, but it may be treated and can contain fluoride.
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” W.H. Auden
Distilled Water vs Spring Water vs Purified Water vs Tap Water
This is a tough topic to discuss as there are many varying opinions on which water is best for you to consume. Some will say tap water is the best for you as it can contain fluoride which is good for the health of your teeth. While others will argue tap water is one of the worst types of water as it can contain inorganic minerals and often has fluoride added which can be bad for your body.
Because of its popularity and natural sounding name, you might think spring water is the best water. But when you look a bit closer this may not be the case. Many different types of inorganic minerals such as lime and calcium can be found in natural spring water and they may not be the best way for your body to obtain these minerals. My understanding is that fruits and vegetables transform inorganic minerals from the earth into minerals that our body can actually use. This is why I prefer distilled water and purified water over spring water and tap water.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking distilled water for cleansing the blood stream, for reducing arthritic pain & lowering blood pressure. It has also been known to reduce cholesterol & triglycerides. In fact, the only effect on the body is health.” Chester Handley
In conclusion, when it comes to drinking water, I enjoy distilled water over tap water or spring water as it tastes great and the impurities that other types of water may contain have been removed. If you are getting minerals naturally through proper nutrition then you shouldn’t have to worry about getting minerals from your water, and the focus should be on drinking the purest form of water available. Ultimately though, the choice is yours. Do a bit of research and find out which type of water best suits you. I would appreciate your take on the best type of water for human consumption in the comments section.
For more information on the magic of water be sure to check out my article on Dr. Masaru Emoto and watch the video below. Have a great day and make sure to drink enough clean, healthy water!