H20: Spring Water, Drinking Water, and Distilled Water
by Josh Day
my experience with home aquariums, I've learned a thing or two about water. Fish,
like us, benefit from "pure" water, and when the water contains toxins
or other contaminants, they don't do so well. The term pure should be used lightly
because oftentimes you don't want straight H20. Fish and plants need the trace
elements found in water, and we do too. So before you run to Sam's Club to buy
that steam distiller or deionizing filtration unit, let me share with you a few
things I've discovered about water.
you have three options for purchasing water at the grocery store. Drinking water,
natural spring water, and distilled water are the most common monikers on plastic
water jugs. You also have several brand names. These range from the generic labels
sold by the store, to popular, private names, to bottles of water sold by the
Coca Cola company which contain added sodium, among other less savory things.
break it down:
water is usually water straight from a government water authority that is
then further processed for the shelf. This process can range from deionization
to reverse osmosis. If you're looking for a "clean"
kind of water that is cheap and refreshing, drinking water is probably your best
spring water is water pumped from, you guessed it, natural springs in the
earth. They often have cool names which make you think of a crystal clear spring
in the mountains, or a brown bear wading across a stream. This water is rich in
minerals and trace elements. It is tested for quality, but it is usually not processed
like drinking water because this would remove many of its beneficial minerals.
water has had all of its minerals and trace elements removed by distillation,
the act of steaming the water and then allowing the steam to cool and turn back
into water. Next to chlorinated tap water, this is probably the worst choice for
your long-term health. Please see this article
on the dangers of drinking distilled water for more information.
what's the best choice of water for your health? The water we drink on a daily
basis can exhibit as wide a range as the food we consume. Say you wake up in the
morning and find all your bottled water gone, so you drink a glass of nasty, chlorine
and chloramine-rich tap water. You drink a 16 oz. bottle of spring water at work.
You have a sip of filtered tap water from a fountain at a public building. Finally,
you return home and try out your new Brita pitcher and drink water that's been
purified through activated carbon.
to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, "The ideal water
for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence
of minerals like calcium and magnesium."
continue on with our next H2O discussion concerning
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