Which water is best to drink?

This is probably one of the most common questions I am asked and realise how confusing it has become to actually know which water is the best one to drink. There is no straight forward answer to this as there are so many different types and all of them provide some benefits and some not so good benefits.
We are made up of nearly 80% water so the quality (and quantity) of what you drink matters. There is something wonderful about quenching your thirst on a hot day with a fresh cold glass of water. Because we can’t see what’s in it, we imagine it’s going to be good quality and don’t consider in fact it’s not as pure as it could be.

We know that water can help us concentrate, keep headaches at bay, help the skin, aid digestion and even reduce the risk of some cancers. When we don’t get enough our body will really show it and sometimes we mis-read the symptoms for other conditions. Dr Patanjali wrote extensively about dehydration causing all sorts of symptoms in his book, The Body’s Many Cries for Water.

What’s in the water?

All sorts of things! Just imagine human wastes, oil, grease, fats, food wastes, poisons such as pesticides, synthetic chemicals, drug residues, hormones, bacteria, viruses, parasites and heavy metals all get into our water. This waste can come from any number of sources – households, shops, offices, farms, factories, vehicle maintenance companies, run-off water from roads and drains.

Of course water companies are there to ‘clean’ up our water and they will do so meeting limits set by the European Water Directive mainly derived from recommendations made by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These limits are set according to what may constitute “health risk” to the public drinking water. These are broad brush limits and do not take into consideration types of individuals who may be affected by different concentrations of chemicals such as children, weak or frail individuals or those who may have chemical sensitivities. I often wonder about the detrimental effect of these low concentrations on our health over our lifetime.

If we are looking to drink water for health then we need to ensure that we get the best quality of water with the minimum amount of these chemicals in it.

Substances in water that are a harmful to human health include:

So which water contains most of these and which water the least?

In our Special Report we take a look at the different types waters and what they mean for us. Which one to choose and why?

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