Why Drink Mineral Water?
Mineral Water is essential to maintaining good health and helping to prevent major health problems. Calcium and magnesium are important for strong bones, of course. (See also Diet for Healthy Bones.) Magnesium also helps to regulate your blood pressure. Bottled mineral water contains up to four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water.
One study found that people whose drinking water was low in magnesium were able to lower their blood pressure by drinking a liter of mineral water every day. The EPA funded the study, which states that the rates of cardiovascular death among populations drinking very soft water may be “as much as 15-20% higher than among populations using hard water”, as indicated by “more than 50 studies in nine countries”.
Most of the mineral water we get here in the U.S. is imported from Europe. The different brands come from various natural springs, which are known for their high mineral content. Some are naturally carbonated when they come out of the ground, others have carbonation added to them. There are also non-carbonated (or still) mineral waters, but it’s harder to find these in the U.S.
The mineral profile varies greatly from brand to brand, reflecting the source waters. That’s what gives each mineral water its unique flavor but it also may determine which one to choose if you’re considering the nutritional benefits. For example, Vichy water from France is very high in sodium. Some people love the slightly salty taste, but you should be aware that a liter of Vichy water blows half of your daily sodium budget.
Perrier, also from France, is quite low in sodium and has a moderate amount of calcium, but it doesn’t provide a whole lot of magnesium.
Soda, as you know, can be very hard on tooth enamel, but that’s really a factor of the sugar and the extreme acidity, not the carbonation. Studies show that there’s nothing to worry about with mineral water. In fact, the minerals may actually help strengthen teeth! – See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/is-mineral-water-good-for-you#sthash.q7uMlSNS.dpuf
If you are at risk of kidney stones, your doctor will probably suggest that you increase your intake of fluids and get more calcium and magnesium. Mineral water to the rescue! In fact, one study found that drinking mineral water reduced kidney stone formation in people prone to get them.
The quick and dirty tip on mineral water is that it can be a substantial source of minerals and is a much healthier alternative to sweetened or artificially-sweetened beverages.