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Ever tried "mineral water"?

Answered on January 05, 2016
Created June 13, 2011 at 1:52 AM

First, a digression. I use unrefined salt. It's about 98% sodium chloride, but it also has a lot of trace minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, etc. Most salt is refined. They take the original salt, strip all the trace minerals, add a few things, and then sell you the final product. So I instead opt for the natural, pre-industrial form: unrefined salt straight from the mine to the package.

So anyway, just as salt should have all those trace minerals, water should too. I tested my tap water a while ago and they said it was fine, but that doesn't mean it's optimal. I could also get a package of irradiated factory-farmed beef that they assure is safe to consume. Yeah right. I mean, nothing outrageous is gonna happen. It's not like I have lead in my drinking water or something. But it might be suboptimal to some degree.

Water is such a huge part of what I consume. It's incredible that I've never given any thought to trying to optimize it until now. So the question: Have you ever tried mineral water like Evian or something? Did you experience any changes? I'm thinking about trying a 30 day detox where I drink only a selection of a few different kinds of mineral waters and see what happens. Any thoughts? Good idea?

I drink so much random tap water. If it's suboptimal in comparison to some sort of high-quality mineral water, I might be putting a big drag on my health.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 13, 2011
at 08:16 PM

yeah, i just use my tap filter to get rid of the chlorine and any heavy metals that might be in there from the old pipes in my building. i guess that part of the comment was for the OP. there are minerals in all water, for better or worse unless it's distilled. fwiw, i think bottled water is an environmental disaster. the only people who have any business buying/using it are those that live where the water is truly dangerous/contaminated.

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on June 13, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Of course minerals are good for you. But, as I said, slightly. You can get minerals from other places then water in a bottle. I don't see any urge to buy bottles of water.
You say you use a tap filter. Unless your filter adds minerals to the water, it only subtracts stuff that make it taste funny. No serious (a slight one there is of course, there is something in most tap-water that can't be 100% good for you) health benefits.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 13, 2011
at 04:05 PM

@ dirk-jan - mineral water like evian, is water from natural springs, and contains minerals that ARE good for you. People have been traveling to natural mineral springs for the health properties of the water since forever, the benefits are commonly accepted. I don't think shipping water halfway around the globe in plastic bottles is commendable, however. Maybe you're thinking about "vitamin water", which is a scam, no two-ways about it. I just use a tap filter and carry my SS bottle around all day.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 13, 2011
at 04:02 PM

@ dirk-jan - mineral water like evian, is actually water that comes from the earth, natural springs and contains minerals that ARE good for you. People have been traveling to natural mineral springs for the health properties of the mineral-infused water since forever, the benefits are commonly accepted. I don't think shipping water halfway around the globe in plastic bottles is commendable however. I just use a tap filter, all water has *some* minerals, (not all beneficial tho), unless it's distilled. Maybe you're thinking about "vitamin water", which *is* a scam, no two-ways about it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Did they travel by plane, train, or automobile? Along the way to these spas, is it possible they consumed food from "another area"? Or did they "brown-bag it"?

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:27 PM

The minerals in mineral water were used in the 17th, 18th and 19th century here in the UK for medicinal cures.If someone lived in an area everything they ate or drank would be from the same area, and any mineral deficiencies in the soil, and therefore food, which made them ill were often cured by travelling to another area and going to drink water at the spa. Cured many, many ailments.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

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on June 13, 2011
at 08:47 AM

IMO, mineral-water is one of the most stupid invention of the modern (capitalist) world. As you already said, tap-water is perfectly fine. So why burden the environment (with the oil used to produce a bottle of mineral-water, you can fill that bottle 1/3) and waste money on mineral-water that might be slightly better, but not noticeably so? No-one ever thought we needed mineral-water until people (read: big companies) told us so.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on June 13, 2011
at 07:21 AM

I like many different mineral waters - and when I lived in Buxton, I used to fill bottles and bottles from the "well" and used it for cooking, tea making, drinking - everything.

Where I live now in Sussex UK, there is another of these "wells" which are natural spring water flowing out into a Victorian well head where I can collect water. It is lovely....

I do drink tap water but much prefer water which hasn't had flouride, chlorine etc added to it.

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:34 AM

We drink mineral water a few times a week. It's a nice change from regular water and it's great if we're craving something bubbly.

For bottled water we drink Smart Water or Fiji (I like the bottle, only reason.)

We mostly just use the tap with a Brita filter for regular water, iced tea and coffee.

Oh, and also... GO MAVS!

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:33 AM

I drink Sparkling Mineral water (Perrier, Pelegrino), which has a high carbon and calcium content. I don't do it for the electrolytes, if I need electrolytes (often due to VLC then getting dehydrated) then I'll have coconut water. I'm sure the calcium isn't a big deal, after 3 surgeries for bonespurs I'm of the opinion that many Americans get too much calcium anyway (disclaimer: I was a competing strength athlete with a GOMAD habit, YMMV).

As far as my quality of everyday water, I use a brita filter with our city/tap water... to save on cost and to not go through a dozen plastic bottles every day.

Since my work involves driving around all day, I also have a self-filtering water bottle by Camelbak that has 3-month charcoal filter inserts.

I don't worry too much about the quality of the water, I know it's filtered well, and I know the alternative would be to drink straight tap (flouride/chlorimines/lead/etc), or drink strictly bottled (more expensive than a 2-pack-a-day smoking habit), plus it's absolutely crap for the environment.

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on January 05, 2016
at 12:34 AM

We drink alkaline water and have to add mineral drops to it. 

Health water! I got it from yeswater

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on June 13, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I for some reason always get a headache if I drink too much mineral water. It's happened with Perrier, Gerolsteiner, Apollinaris etc. I'm guessing that the carbonation is what causes it, but I can't be sure.

Supposedly we used to get nearly all of our Ca and Mg from water, but it seems like that would have interfered with the absorption of other minerals. It may be better in some ways to take Ca and Mg at times when you're eating foods that aren't mineral dense so there aren't any antagonistic effects.

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on June 13, 2011
at 03:46 PM

During my pregnancy, my iron levels were low and my midwife suggested that I try Spatone, an iron rich mineral water from Ireland, if I remember correctly. It's not a "drink" per say, since it comes in little packets, but it did bring my iron levels up. And it tastes really strongly like iron, not very pleasant to drink.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2011
at 10:49 AM

The minerals in mineral water are inorganic and inorganic minerals are useless and may even be hazardous. Plants transform inorganic minerals into organic. Then we can come along and eat plants or plant-eating animals for our mineral needs. As far as water purifiers....NOTHING BEATS BERKEY!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Did they travel by plane, train, or automobile? Along the way to these spas, is it possible they consumed food from "another area"? Or did they "brown-bag it"?

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on June 13, 2011
at 02:27 PM

The minerals in mineral water were used in the 17th, 18th and 19th century here in the UK for medicinal cures.If someone lived in an area everything they ate or drank would be from the same area, and any mineral deficiencies in the soil, and therefore food, which made them ill were often cured by travelling to another area and going to drink water at the spa. Cured many, many ailments.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on June 13, 2011
at 01:56 AM

I sometimes drink Smart Water, which has added electrolytes and other stuff, especially before/after races. I drank it a lot more when I took water pills every day, because I had a tendency to get cramps from being dehydrated.

I tried to pull up a link their webpage, but their website really blows. LOL. If I find a good description of what's in it, I will link.

Okay, these are the ingredients: vapor distilled water + electrolytes (calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonite).

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