Tap or Bottled Water? Still or Sparkling? Flavoured or Vitamin? Which one is the Best?
We all know we should drink 1½ to 2 litres of water per day, but which water is best? Does it have to be tap water, or can I rather drink the bottled water? Can I drink sparkling water? And the flavoured waters taste so much better, could I use those instead? Better yet, the vitamin water must give me some added benefits, is that one best?
Water is the best hydration liquid, but there are quite a few varieties to choose from:
TAP WATER undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants and is therefore perfectly safe to drink. South Africa’s national standard of water quality compares well with the World Health Organisation standards.
BOTTLED WATER is also a good choice. However, most people choose bottled water because they believe that it is safer and healthier than tap water. The regulations for bottled water are not as strict as those for tap water, as the FDA rules often don’t have the same prohibitions that municipal water has. It has also been stated that 40% of bottled water originates from the tap, with added minerals or filtration!
SPARKLING WATER is carbonated with carbon dioxide under pressure. This will cause the body no harm, but may produce a small amount of flatulence and possibly gastric distension. If those symptoms don’t occur when you drink sparkling water, then this water is just as good a substitute to still water for some variety.
COLD WATER VS WARM WATER
What about cold water versus warm water. There is no difference once the water reaches your stomach, so if you like it ice cold in summer and boiling hot in winter, make sure you serve yourself the water in a way that will make you drink more, not less!
Bottom line, we need to drink enough water every day, so whether you prefer tap or bottled, still or sparkling, warm or cold, just make sure you drink it. And enjoy it, as this is a habit you need to keep for life!
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