How to read water bottles labels like a boss

We cringe at the thought of having to buy…. Water!?… Shouldn’t all great water be free?!

If you became president, the first thing you’d work on is having all the water companies give their water for free. yeeees….. That’s it! Muahahahah!!!

In the meanwhile, you go in to the store to get your water.

But why are there more than a dozen different water bottles in the aisle?? 

Here are some facts to help you not feel like your on foreign land when your in the water aisle:

  • Purified

Water (from any source) that has gone through filtration (e.g. reverse osmosis, distillation). 

reverse osmosis: using a thin membrane to filter out large particle impurities such as lead and iron
  • minerals 

Minerals are elements that are found on earth, which some

that are needed to help our bodies perform different functions. 

  • Electolytes

Minerals that have negative or positive charges when they dissolve in liquid, like water. 

Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are all electrolytes and are needed to maintain the function of many organs in the body, your muscles (including the heart), etc.

Most purified water will say “with added minerals”, because the process of purification sometimes leads to minerals being taken out as well. Inside the body, electrolytes have to be in certain concentrations in water in order for the body to start working on it’s secretion. If the electrolytes aren’t there, the body pulls it’s own electrolytes from its reserve in order to maintain that equilibrium

  • Municipal source

Fancy word for tap water.

  • PH

Ph is a scale from numbers 1 to 14, used to measure how acidic or basic something is.

Anything with a PH of less then 7 is acidic

Anything more than a PH of 7 is alkaline, or basic.

Tap water has a PH of about 7

Lemon juice has a PH of about 2
  • Ionized

Ionized is made by splitting the water from H20 to an H + and and 0H –  when it passes through an electrical current during a process called electrolysis.

Alkaline water that is the process of taking out the acidic ions(H+) and leave in the basic ones (OH-)

The process of taking out the basic ions and leave in the acidic ones makes acidic water.

  • Alkaline water

If the water company want their water to be basic (or alkaline) but not ionized, they simply add more basic minerals (like magnesium, potassium and calcium) to make it more than a ph of 7. 

Some research give hope that the claims of alkaline water is healthier that regular water.

A study that was conducted with mice showed that alkaline water-drinking mice lived a little longer than the regular tap water-drinking mice.

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  • Tonic water

Tonic water is carbonated water that has quinine that gives it its signature bitter taste. 

Quinine is a drug which was found  from the cinchona tree that is used to treat malaria.

People back in the day would try to set off its bitter taste by placing in in soda, and adding sugar; and that was the start of tonic water.

Tonic water back in the day used to contain high levels of the drug to treat malaria, but now regulations have it so tonic water cannot contain more than 83 mg per liter, a concentration far below therapeutic affects for malaria.

So why is it still available? Mix it with gin or vodka and you’ve got yourself a good cocktail.

  • Spring water

Is water that comes from an underground aquifier. 

An aquifier is a porous rock or sediment that allows underground water to seep through to the top, filtering it in the process.

Spring water then goes through filtrations processes to remove particles and sediments

  • Mineral water

Mineral water is water that is bottled from a natural spring that naturally contains an abundance of minerals. The minerals are not added (like regular spring water or filtered tap); they were there to begin with.

Some mineral waters that are sparkling get their gases from naturally carbonated springs.

Say what?

While some water may be more beneficial than drinking filtered tap water from home, its for sure that the plastic is doing more harm than good to the planet. it takes  about 1000 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, and one bottle-full of oil is needed to make 4 plastic water bottles.

More than a million water bottles are sold each minute

And only 2 out of 10 bottles are recycled. Even when they are recycled, plastic overtime loose their strength and hey can only be used about one time after their initial use.

Our mom deserves better.

What your moms gave you

If your caught stuck and need to buy water, you can:

Buy water in glass and re-use.

Buy water water that is paper-boxed. Paper decomposes after about 6 weeks, and can be recycled a couple of times

Or Bring your own water.

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