Mineral water is water that contains a high amount of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. The US FDA regulates mineral water. According to the FDA mineral water is:
Water containing not less than 250 ppm total dissolved solids that originates from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. Mineral water is characterized by constant levels and relative proportions of minerals and trace elements at the source. No minerals may be added to mineral water. (Source: FDA website)
So mineral water, according to the FDA, is water that contains at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids that comes from an underground source. If you have hard water coming out of your tap, it may actually meet the FDA’s standard for mineral water!
FACT: You can get healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium – straight from the tap – If you have hard water.
Mineral Water is Alkaline Water
The minerals in mineral water – mostly calcium and magnesium – give mineral water an alkaline pH. This means that mineral water is alkaline water! Water becomes alkaline water any time it has a pH value greater than 7. The only reason alkaline water isn’t advertised as mineral water is that the FDA requires any water to be sold as mineral water to be sold in bottles.
Alkaline water, mineral water, both good for you
Alkaline water and mineral water contain calcium and magnesium, which is essential for health. Water may actually be the best source of minerals for your body. The body absorbs calcium and magnesium 30% easier and faster from water than it does from food or supplements
One of the largest studies on the benefits of alkaline water for heart health suggests that: “The more alkaline the water, the greater the protective effect on the arteries.” The health benefits of drinking mineral water are numerous: Reduced blood pressure, weight reduction, blood sugar control, and better bone health.
Home water ionizers make alkaline mineral water
A water ionizer can make your tap water mineral-rich alkaline water if you have hard water. If you don’t have hard water, you can add the necessary minerals to it with a remineralization cartridge. A water ionizer makes your water healthy by filtering toxins, and then elevating the pH of the water using a process called electrodialysis.
Alkaline water from a water ionizer tastes better – sweeter and more refreshing – than mineral water. This is because the minerals in mineral water come in a form that causes water to have a bitter, chalky taste. A water ionizer retains healthy minerals in water, but changes their form – from carbonate based to hydrate based). The alkaline mineral hydrates in alkaline water are the reason alkaline water can have such a profound impact on health. With a water ionizer, you get all the healthy minerals in water.
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