Our bodies are roughly 60 percent water and, despite being walking water tanks, there is a constant need to replenish. Health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but the amount varies based on age and weight. If you’re not drinking the right amount of water, it can lead to dehydration. In which case, water is the best remedy and bottled water is great for a person on the go! However, bottled water quality varies based on brand. Take a look at the brands we’ve chosen and see which one is right for you to keep you hydrated!
Smart Water is sourced from municipal (that is, tap) water and like other bottled water, is purified through a vapor distillation process, achieved through the use of heat to separate contaminants and dissolved solids. What’s left is cooled, purified vapor, perfect for drinking.
Before shipping out to the public, additives like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are added to make it taste better and add some health benefits. Calcium and magnesium perform much of the same functions, including cell membrane development, cell division, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. Potassium also helps nerve transmission and muscle contraction, and aids in regulating blood pressure by protecting the heart and arteries.
AQUA Carpatica is a natural sparkling mineral water originating from springs within the Carpathian Mountains, located in the wild forests of Eastern Europe. There is no agriculture or industrial activity in the surrounding areas and, as a result, the water remains untouched by chemicals and other contaminants.
With such a pure source, distillation and additives aren’t even in the vocabulary of AQUA Carpatica! Instead, all minerals found within the spring remain after bottling. This leads to natural sodium and nitrate-free water, which is especially beneficial to infants and pregnant women. Not to mention the calcium and magnesium, good for keeping the nerves and muscles in tiptop shape, for everyone else to drink. Find yours at select Whole Foods Market!
Fiji water comes from an aquifer, a natural underground chamber formed by layers of volcanic rock that fills with tropical rain on the island of Fiji, hence the name. The layers of rock act as the water’s protector from contaminants, keeping the source pure and ready to be bottled.
Purification is achieved naturally, by digging a well that causes internal pressure to burst spontaneously from the hole, acting like a fountain. Similar to the sought after fountain of youth! Fiji water boasts minerals of magnesium and calcium, helping keep the human body going, already in the water – no additives for purity or water quality. Nature at work for a great taste!
Voss is a Norwegian brand of bottled water that comes from an aquifer in Southern Norway. Similar to Fiji water, a hole is dug, allowing the untapped source to naturally surface and be bottled.
Because there isn’t a filtration process, Voss does numerous tests to ensure that their water isn’t contaminated. In addition, they strive for a low mineral content in each bottle, leaving only a pure taste. The minerals that do remain inside the water include the helpful doses of calcium and magnesium for muscles and nerves, and sodium. In the human body, sodium regulates fluids outside of cells and balances acids. Minerals are everywhere, and the right amount in our bodies can go a long way.
When you don’t drink enough water, it can decrease your energy levels and mental functioning, causing increased stress on the body. When it comes to quenching thirst, nothing does it better than convenient, healthy, safe, zero-calorie water. But, as a key component of a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to know where it comes from and what’s put inside—because as we’ve learned, not all water is bottled equally.