Tap Water – People all over the country and the world drink tap water from sinks every day. It is regulated by the EPA and is safe for consumption. Many people recommend and use filtrations systems to improve the taste of tap water from the fluoride and chlorination process it goes through.
Well Water – Most well water is safe to drink, but it is incredibly important to always test well water before drinking it. If there are chemicals or bacteria present, it could get you sick. Well water has some great benefits in the form of minerals and the lack of chemicals present in tap water.
If you are concerned that water may be unsafe to drink and you don’t have the means for testing, boil questionable water before consumption.
Spring Water/Mineral Water – You can get far more calcium and magnesium from drinking bottled mineral water than from drinking tap water from the faucet. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA to meet specific safety standards when it is bottled and sealed: ensuring it is safe to drink.
Purified Water – Purified water goes through a filtration and purification process that removes all contaminants and chemicals from the water before bottling, making it quite safe to drink.
Distilled Water – You can drink distilled water, although it has a different taste than other water sources because it lacks all minerals such as the calcium and magnesium present in both tap water and spring water sources.
Sparkling Water – Drinking sparkling water does not provide the same harmful effects on teeth that most carbonated beverages do, sources report – making it great for people who like a little bubble in their drink. Do be careful with carbonation though as it can have a lasting impact on the kidneys.
Alkaline Water – What makes water alkaline? A high PH level. Studies have been done testing the effects of drinking Alkaline water to combat acid reflux symptoms and research is still very active to determine the true nature Alkaline water has on acid and our bodies.
The truth of the matter is that if you’re drinking water every day, you’re already on the right track. Try to follow the 8×8 rule and set a goal to drink eight 8oz glasses (half a gallon) daily to keep your body hydrated and happy.