Who would have thought that even water has different types in it? But today here we are bringing you a list of top 10 types of water, You’d know many of these and some of them might be new to you but I am sure after reading this you are going to be an expert in this field. Let’s begin water-baby!!
1. Tap Water
The type of water which you get from your faucet is called tap water. This is generally sourced from a dam or river, treated at a water treatment facility, stored in a reservoir, and then supplied to homes through water pipelines. the quality of tap water must meet the government guidelines. This way can sometimes be unsafe, especially during peak summer and during the rainy season which is prone to flooding and therefore risking the water quality.
2. Mineral Water
Mineral Water, is the type of water that is enriched with vital minerals, mostly magnesium and calcium. Natural mineral water is generally taken from underground sources which are known to be rich in mineral content and then it is packaged and later sold as natural mineral water. Now you can imagine how tedious this entire process of bottling and then distributing can be and for that reason, it is quite expensive as compared to tap water. But this type of water provides some health benefits like aiding the digestive system, promoting better immune health, and so on.
3. Bottled water
Bottled water is treated with technologies such as Reverse osmosis, Filtration, and UV in a water treatment plant, and then it is filled into bottles later sealed and delivered. In a bid to make this type of water “healthy” magnesium salts and calcium are added. The major problem is the exposure of these plastic bottles to sunlight can be responsible for some harmful chemical reactions which can affect the health of people who consume this water.
4. Spring Water or Glacier Water
Spring Water or Glacier Water is sourced from, as you guessed it, springs and glaciers. This type of water is collected right from the source, it is mostly clean and free from toxins and other unwanted particles. In some cases, depending on the spring or glacier it is collected from, the water might even be infused with vital minerals. If you get your spring or glacier water from authentic brands, then you don’t need to be worried because you are getting some of the best drinking water in the world. However, it is going to be very expensive compared to regular packaged water, let alone tap water. But don’t let the price tag let you choose other lesser-known brands. Some brands are guilty of selling glacier water without testing it.
5. Well Water
Well, Water is not commonly seen in the cities and urban areas. However, well water is a prime source of water supply in most rural regions. When it rains the water trickles down into the soil and then it starts accumulating underground. A well is then drilled on top of one of these natural underground water storages to directly get water from the water source beneath. This water is completely free to use, and if you have a well-constructed right in your backyard, it is probably the most convenient source of drinking water. But as you would expect it does carry some risks. The raw water collected from the wells might be infested with tons of bacteria.
6. Distilled Water
This type of water is any source of water that has been purified using the process of distillation. which involves boiling the water until it turns into water vapor and then capturing the gas and condensing it back into its liquid state. This is by far one of the safest types of water devoid of any contaminants and bacteria. However, just the lack of toxic contaminants, germs, and bacteria does not make it seem like the safest kind of drinking water. Because besides lacking all the harmful impurities, distilled water also misses out on essential minerals and salt. This can be harmful to your body.
7. Hard Water
The type of water which has high mineral content is called hard water. This happens when water percolates through several layers of limestone, chalk, and even gypsum which are high in calcium, magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates. Another reason for increased hardness in some areas is the depleting level of groundwater due to over-extraction. therefore, these compounds contaminate the water, increasing its hardness the extra mineral content doesn’t make this water good for your health.
8. Alkaline Water
Alkaline water is a much-hyped term these days. While you shouldn’t drink acidic water, many people have the idea that drinking alkaline water can help neutralize the acid in the body, which can then help slow the aging process and even prevents cancer. However, the science backing all this is very less, although there is no proof that alkaline water offers these miraculous health benefits, we also don’t have any confirmation that it is harmful. Generally, it is safe for drinking, but there are some cases where it may cause some issues. Sometimes alkaline water can reduce the stomach acids from killing off harmful bacteria that you might consume with your food. And also drinking too much of this type of water can lead to metabolic alkalosis, which can cause nausea and vomiting. As such. So, it would be better to drink water that has a normal PH level. Drinking water that has an uncomfortably high PH (alkaline) level or too low PH level (acidic), can and will have detrimental effects on your body.
9. Carbonated (Sparkling) Water
Sparkling water or carbonated water is a type of water which is containing dissolved carbon dioxide gas, which is either artificially injected under pressure or it is occurring due to natural geological processes. This process causes carbonation which forms small bubbles, giving this type of water an effervescent quality. Sparkling water is said to be more satiating than regular water and it also keeps the stomach full for a long period. Which then prevents binge eating and can be helpful in weight loss. These are some of the benefits and this type of water can be good as a substitute for a soft drink but a permanent switch to this type seems difficult.
10. Flavored water
At last, we have flavored water another amazing substitute to soft drinks which you can have. This is a category of beverage that is marketed as water that contains an array of additional ingredients, including artificial and natural flavorings, sweeteners, sugar, vitamins, minerals, and other “enhancements”. This can be worth a try.