We depend on water for life. Drinking plenty of pure water is critical to health, especially in this day and age when so much of the food supply has been contaminated by pesticides, chemicals, additives, and more.

What’s the difference in bottled waters, anyway? First, know that there is little or no regulation of bottled water in this country, and in some cases, bottled waters have been found to be contaminated and/or of lower quality than ordinary tap water! Generally, municipal systems test for more contaminants than bottling companies. An estimated one quarter of bottled water is actually tap water.

Spring water comes from a natural spring, a point where groundwater flows out of the ground. Minerals become dissolved in the water as it moves through the underground rocks. This may give the water flavor and even carbon dioxide bubbles, depending upon the nature of the geology through which it passes. Spring water is often bottled and sold as mineral water. Springs that contain significant amounts of minerals are sometimes called ‘mineral springs’. Springs that contain large amounts of dissolved sodium salts, mostly sodium carbonate, are called ‘soda springs’. As the water surfaces, it can attract impurities, and once it reaches the surface, it can be exposed to pollution and contamination.

Artesian springs are deeper in the earth, and can only be tapped by humans. The water is protected by stone and clay layers until it reaches the surface. Some artesian bottlers claim that their water has been underground since before the industrial revolution and has therefore not been exposed to polluted air, and that it has been naturally filtered through silica-rich volcanic rock. Silica contributes to flavor and mouth feel.

Purified water is municipal tap water that has been treated to remove impurities that are deemed unfit for human consumption. The process also removes minerals and nutrients, so there is often no flavor or mouth feel. Some things can’t be removed by the filtration processes used. In addition, some municipalities add things to the water, such as fluoride.

We at Natural Cures suggest installing a good quality water filtration system for use in the home, such as a reverse osmosis system, and bottling your own. When you are required to buy bottled water, look for artesian spring waters such as Fiji and Volvic, or play it safe with distilled water, which removes everything under the sun.