No this article isn’t about Champagne, it’s about a different kind of “bubbly.
Our bodies are made-up of approximately 75% water. We all know how vital drinking enough water is in order to maintain good health, and we would die within days of not having any. In our constant quest to seek out the best drinking waters, sometimes we can overlook the obvious. In this case, one of those good-for-you waters is Mineral Water.
Traditionally, mineral waters were consumed at their source, and many a spa and health retreat has been built at these source sites, allowing guests to bathe in designated healing mineral waters, as well as drink from separately designated mineral water sources. Today, you don’t need to travel to these mineral water sources to partake in their consumption. That is because there are over 3000 commercially bottled varieties of mineral water available world wide.
Mineral water is bottled at its source, and contains a high concentration of minerals. There is no difference between sparkling mineral water and non-sparkling mineral water, except for the concentration of carbon dioxide. Some mineral waters contain more minerals than others, and the concentration levels of the minerals also vary amongst the brands, which ultimately comes back to it’s source. Most mineral waters are bottled in Europe, and exported. That is why the cost of mineral water is slightly higher than other bottled waters.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MINERALS FOUND IN BOTTLED MINERAL WATER
Again, while the complete mineral profile will vary amongst brands, here is a list of the most commonly found minerals in all bottled mineral waters.
Magnesium – Helps prevent against heart disease. Inhibits blood clots and dilates arteries. Lowers high blood pressure, and helps normalize dangerous arrhythmias. Aids in preventing complications caused by diabetes, and small traces are necessary for nervous system function.
Chloride and Bicarbonates – Aid in the role of digestion, and assists in keeping acid balanced within the stomach, upper and lower intestines.
Iron – A necessary mineral used by our blood, to deliver oxygen throughout the body.
Sulfate – Used by our body as a cleansing and detoxifying agent.
Calcium – Aids in heart and muscle contractions, nerve impulses and blood clotting. Maintains healthy bones and teeth, as well as preventing bone loss and osteoporosis. Eases digestion.
Chromium – Helps increase fat loss, and gain in muscle tissue. Lowers cholesterol, and helps maintain proper blood glucose levels.
Phosphorus – Builds strong bones, and maintains skeletal integrity. Helps to form tooth enamel, and strengthens teeth. Essential for the absorption of many nutrients.
Potassium – Needed to regulate water balance, levels of acidity and blood pressure. Plays a critical role in the transmission of nerve impulses in the heart.
Additional Mineral Water Benefits
Sports Drink Replacement – Instead of reaching for the usual sports drink to keep you going during and after your sporting activities, try reaching for a mineral water instead. It is vastly better at replacing your body’s vital electrolytes, and contain NO sugar, NO caffeine, and No chemicals.
Aches & Pain Relief – Many people who drink mineral water, believe that it reduces their body’s aches, pains and swelling due to inflammation of muscles and joints.
Internal Cleansing – In addition to aiding digestion, mineral water assists in body cleansing by aiding the removal of harmful toxins, bacteria and fungus’s.
Bone Health – High-calcium mineral waters can provide significant amounts of calcium to the body. A few years ago, a combined analysis of the most relevant existing studies, showed that calcium absorption from mineral waters was significantly higher than that from dairy products. Such waters are thus recommended to achieve optimal calcium requirements, especially in aged people, those with lactose intolerance and in post-menopausal women.
Heart Health – The various high mineral content of mineral waters, proves to be very beneficial for aiding good heart health. Mineral waters can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol (HDL); decrease inflammation markers; lower fasting blood glucose levels; improve insulin sensitivity; and lower blood pressure.
Tooth Cavities – An Italian study conducted in 2005, found that consuming commercially bottled mineral water amongst school children prevented dental caries of the primary dentition.
As you can see, mineral water can supply our bodies with essential life-sustaining minerals to help support optimal health. So next time you are at the grocery store, you might want to add several bottles of mineral water to always keep on hand. They even come in smaller, plastic bottles which makes it convenient when using mineral water as a sports drink replacement.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews