How do you decide what is the best bottle water to drink for health?
The health benefits of water are simply that we need it to stay alive! Water is provided to us in many ways including bottled water in very many variants and brands. I am a self-professed tea-a-holic, I am British by birth and lived a large part of my life in England before immigrating to America and becoming a citizen.
Tea was trained into me and I still drink a lot of it. I do not drink coffee – ever. Recently I have started drinking more water in the natural state. I am really starting to appreciate the better-tasting water.
Where Do We Get Household Water From?
For me, it’s a private well on our property. For many it’s delivered by the city, comes from a shared well or for rural locations you may need to have your water trucked in. There’s one thing for sure, your water comes from above. Mother Nature provides the resource, humans have worked out how to collect and process it.
Processing is now extended to bottling. Water is also available to buy in cartons and I’ll review that later in this article. The ideal drinking water is the one with a pH value of at least 7. It’s also the water you like to drink. If you like the taste of the water, you’re more likely to drink more of it.
How Good is Well Water To Drink
Many of us have water supplied for individuals or shared wells. If you’re like us you may have water treatment equipment in your house. I thought it would be interesting to test the water from my own personal well to see what the pH value was. I typically do fill my tea kettle direct from the faucet.
We have a water softener and mineral processing mini plant at the house. We added a chlorinator to help remove rust, very common in hard soil and clay soil areas. Until recently I had never really cared much, but it was time to find out.
The pH value of the water from my faucet was pH7.25 actually not bad at all.
What is the pH Value of Water
Water with a pH value of 7 is considered neutral or balanced water. Municipal drinking water suppliers are advised to keep their water supply at a pH of 6.5 to 8.5.
pH expresses the alkalinity or acidity of the composition of water. The lower the pH number the more acid, the higher the pH number the more alkaline.
The best-bottled water pH is going to be the highest pH value. The worst bottle of water will have the lowest pH value. The range for pH is 0 to 14.
What Are The Health Benefits of Alkaline Water
- Alkalizing: Restores the acidity levels in the body.
- Antioxidant: Helps to neutralize free radicals that can cause cellular and DNA damage.
- Super Hydrating: Smaller water cluster size allows water to penetrate cells more easily.
- Mineral Rich: Contains higher concentrations of alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
- Oxygen Rich: Increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the blood.
- Detoxifying: Eliminates mucus build-up on colon walls which improves the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients.
- Cleansing: Contributes to flushing out acidic waste and toxins that have accumulated in the body over time.
- Energizing: Negatively charged hydroxyl ions contribute to increased energy, mental clarity, and overall alertness.
- Weight Control: Reduces the body’s need for fatty tissues that protect vital organs from acidity.
- Cleaner Water: No chlorine and other common pollutants commonly present in tap water.
- Remove Pesticides: Water with a pH of over 10.5 helps to remove pesticides when washing fresh fruits and vegetables.
We have found water available with pH levels of 6 through 9.5 in our local grocery store.
Health Note: Our family has a member who has a disease called Barrett’s Disease. The Father also had the same disease. Barretts Disease also known as Barrett’s Esophagus is a serious complication of GERD. It affects the esophagus, the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Because acid irritates the esophagus the Doctor requested the family member to always drink higher alkaline water to prevent any additional irritations from the water with higher acid content.
What is the Safest Bottled Water?
Plastic itself is not harmless. While it’s a great product for storing water long term it does have some chemical components that may leak into the water. All plastic bottles must be marked with the type of plastic used. I am not a chemist nor do I know the long term effects of any plastics used in our day to day lives. Most plastic used for water bottling is meant to be a one time only use.
Bottles are labeled with a number 1 through 7 and a code. Numbers 2 HDPE and 5 PP are the best for bottled water. Number 1 is also acceptable, or PETE/PET provided the bottle is used once only. These plastics are said to be the least likely to leak chemicals. We are beginning to see bottled water in BPA free plastics.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT THEN DON’T BUY BOTTLED WATER IN PLASTIC BOTTLES, CHOOSE GLASS. Glass is safer as no chemicals can leach and you can rinse and re-use. Water from bottled glass is considered the safest bottled water choice.
I could only find one brand of glass bottled water at my grocery store and it’s also spring water. The pH value is between 7.3 and 7.7. The taste was OK, not much better than most neutral pH value waters.
Branded Bottle Water and pH Values
Over the last year or so I have been trying out different water brands available to me locally. I try to buy the larget bottles available as it makes the cost less. I look for the weekly deals each week and often find two large water bottles for $3 or less.
My favorite tasting water so far in 2019 is Essentia. This is a 9pH+ water and a very smooth tasting water. With or without flavoring I’ll drink more of this water because it’s very palatable. The bottle is a PET plastic but also stated as being BPA free.
I have tried SmartWater pH9 which is nice. Fuji water which at pH value of 7.5 is all about the marketing and nothing much about the alkalinity or taste. AquaHydrate pH9+ was almost as good as Essentia. Lastly, we tried VOSS. Cool marketing but the pH value is low at pH5.5 to 7. Yet it does taste very nice! Just a bit too pricey for me for bottled water.
Other Water Choices
Turn your water more alkaline at home. This water pitchers have the highest reviews. All under $100 at the time of writing.
Water in a Carton – I had to try it!
Other than being boxed in Michigan there’s pretty much no information other than being purified water. So my guess is the pH value is around 7. The claim that it is better refers to the non-use of plastic, not to the quality of the water.
I cannot say I would be compelled to buy it, the marketing is a little too plain for my liking. Is the implication that the water is better? Well, that is what I thought they meant.
Result? Just regular water. The taste was OK, pretty much the same as most neutral pH value waters in bottles.
Coconut Water – The health benefits of coconut water are:
- Good source of nutrients including fiber, protein, and vitamins.
- May have antioxidants.
- It can control blood sugar levels, great for diabetes.
- One study suggests it’s better for preventing kidney stones that regular water.
- Good for heart health as can be as effective as a statin drug to reduce cholesterol; however it means drinking a lot of it!
- May reduce blood pressure due to high quantities of potassium.
- Restores electrolytes and re-hydrates after exercise.
- If you like nuts you’ll enjoy the taste. Buy in cartons or just buy a coconut!
When I was young we lived in Singapore and coconut water, or juice as we referred to it, was always available at home.
Lemon Water – The health benefits of lemon water are:
- Plentiful Vitamin C helps heart health, reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- May help with weight loss as it can elevate your calorie burn.
- Citric acid helps stop the formation of kidney stones. Some studies show lemon can also increase the likelihood of kidney stones.
- It helps prevent anemia. Improves absorption of iron in foods you eat and adds a little of its own.
- Has been shown to help prevent cancer in animals but human studies are inconclusive.
We are more likely to drink lemon water than eat a lemon.
Flavor Your Water – First Came The Ready to Go, Followed by The DIY.
This is my favorite way of flavoring water. There are numerous flavors you can buy in many brand names and flavors. Most add zero calories and you can flavor to the strength you like. It’s quick.
I often flavor a large bottle of water as my go-to hydration at my desk. I have found if there’s water in front of you, you drink more. I do not care for iced water but cool or cold is the best. I have found these little plastic bottles of flavoring to also be BPA free.
Grocery Store Water in Bulk
Yes, it is the cheapest way to buy bottled water but you’ll find most of them have a pH value of just 6.5. You may have to dig to find out the values, it’s not disclosed on the bottled water we buy. I had to track down the company that bottled it.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the plastic on my local store water in plastic bottles was certified as no BPA’s! Things are looking up!
Water Delivery By The Gallon
If you consume a lot of bottled water you might want to consider delivery. Whether you need cases of smaller bottles or the 5-gallon containers, it can be cheaper and less of a hassle. You would need to see what brands your delivery company offers. To date, I have only seen the regular pH7 water and Fuji pH7.5.
How Much Water Should You Drink Daily
As adults – 8 x 8. Eight glasses of 8 ounces per day or about 2 liters or half a gallon US. If you exercise and sweat you’ll need to add more to replenish what you lost. The rule of thirst is that if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated! In hot weather, we sweat and lose more so it’s time to amp up the intake.
Remember that even if you use water in drinks like tea and coffee they are not as good as pure water. Tea or any caffeinated drink is a diuretic. This means it can make you urinate more, therefore you can de-hydrate faster. However, the difference is minimal and will be different by the brand of drink. For example, I just cannot drink Yorkshire tea. It irritates my bladder and no sooner have I drunk it, I need to go! My preferred tea is Tetley and we can buy a British blend of Tetley black tea in my area.
So go ahead and include your tea and coffee in your 8×8. Make sure some of your intake is freshwater. If you drink a lot of tea or coffee which most of us do, you will become caffeine dependent. Because caffeine is an irritant to certain medical conditions, or by personal choice, you may want to try de-caffeinated.
Summary Best Bottle Water to Drink for Health
Our vote for the best water to drink for health after testing many brands is Essentia. It has the highest alkaline, a BPA free bottle. Best tasting for us.
We did not try all the bottled water available at our grocery store. The consensus is that if the pH value is about the same, the water is just as good. So we selected a few brands with different pH levels and found the higher the level the nicer the water.
If you don’t mind about the neutral waters at pH7 for your tea and coffee, it makes a good cup. High pH values are more pricey unless you choose to treat your own and raise the alkaline levels at home. Look at the water pitchers above at around $50, it may be well worth the investment for your health.
Our next post will explore infused water with home recipes to try.