Drinking water is a fast and easy way to replenish your body with nutrients and minerals. But when deciding whether to get spring water or mineral water at the store, the amount of time spent can be, well, just as long as downing three bottles of water in one go. In this article, we give you the lowdown on the benefits and differences of spring and mineral — saving you from another head-scratching moment the next time you’re confronted with choosing between the two.
Spring water generally comes from underground sources that no longer pass through a community water system. Its quality and purity is also ensured by a certain set of vulnerability perimeters, preventing any cases of pollution and contamination. As a result, it tastes great and rarely tastes flat or boiled. It’s also widely considered to be fit for human consumption already the soonest it comes out of the source — a condition that is preserved until the water gets bottled.
Apart from its main benefit of coming from a fresh source, spring is considered to be one of the best water types to drink, providing the body with vital nutrients as it moves through the body. It gives the body and the brain much-needed oxygen and helps the body to promote better digestion.
When getting from the store, it’s important to read the label carefully to check whether it was bottled from the source. Only 55% of bottled water claiming to be this water type is real and authentic from the springs. So it pays to know whether it falls under that category or it’s just part of the 45% masquerading as treated tap water.
Similar to spring water, mineral water also originates underground from a protected water source. The difference? Mineral water flows over rocks, which in turn allows it to pick up trace minerals unlike spring water. Mineral water is also known to have 250 minerals per million solids.
Mineral water is generally classified into two types: hard and soft. These descriptions only refer to how much calcium and magnesium ions have been dissolved in the water; the more dissolved ions, the more it can be considered as “harder water.” When it comes to taste, there’s also a striking difference between the two. It’s been said that soft water tends to taste a little saltier, while hard water has a more earthy taste due to more presence of mineral components in the liquid.
Now that you know the difference between the two water type’s sources, nutrients and overall taste, you can better decide what’s the better option for your daily H2O intake. While there is no definitive way to go about it, as both water types are generally good for your body, there’s only one thing you can be sure of: drinking either of the two choices will help you stay hydrated and extra refreshed during the day.
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