The Best Drinking Water
6 Key Qualities
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

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I don’t assume to know what the best drinking water is for every person. After all, “best” is a subjective term.

Many factors come into play when we think of choosing the best drinking water for ourselves and our families.

Just a few of these factors include lifestyle, health objectives, finances, living accommodations, sports and fitness levels, and so forth.

However, getting past the semantics, we could probably all agree that “good” drinking water is: 

(1) safe to drink (relatively contaminant and chemical free) and (2) it tastes good.

Drinking clean, healthy, chemical-free water is the foundation to health. However, just because water is safe to drink and tastes good doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy.

For example, experts agree that all tap and bottled water contain traces of unhealthy synthetic chemicals. So even though tap or bottled water may not make us sick initially, the cumulative effects of these chemicals (hundreds of which have never even been tested) in our body are significant.

Even minute traces of these contaminants can lead to a weakened immune system (or worse) with long-term exposure.

The Healthiest Water Is Mineral Rich

Thus, many water experts today agree that the healthiest water is produced by home water filters and water filtration systems that selectively remove contaminants but not the naturally occurring minerals.

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Even though there are health studies that argue the benefits of de-mineralized water (such as reverse osmosis and distilled waters), the most recent and credible studies are conclusive that water that contains trace minerals is the healthiest and best drinking water.

Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, considered by the scientific community to be the top water expert in the world, writes that the best drinking water contains a balance of essential minerals.

In his book The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key, Jhon says that from a biological and medical point of view, de-mineralized water is simply not healthy to drink.

In fact, Japanese water experts consider de-mineralized water as “dead” water, while mineral-rich water is referred to as “living” water.

De-mineralized water is not found in nature. Nor does is promote growth or health of living organisms.

Best Drinking Water Qualities

If your priority is health and wellness, your best drinking water will have at least the first three of the following qualities—and optimally, all six:

  1. Contaminant free. The water is filtered of unhealthy toxins, including synthetic chemicals, toxic metals, bacteria and viruses, radioactive substances, and other treatment additives such as chlorine and fluoride
  2. Mineral rich. The natural occurring minerals in the source water are not removed through purification processes, such as reverse osmosis and distillation.
  3. Alkaline pH. The drinking water has an alkaline pH between 7.0 and 9.5, which means that the water contains a healthy level of alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
  4. Micro-clustered. Water that is electrolyzed or "reduced" will have smaller groupings of water molecules. Drinking reduced water can improve cellular hydration and cell-water turnover (i.e., nutrients into the cells and toxins out)
  5. Anti-oxidant. Water that is ionized has a negative oxidation reduction potential (-ORP) and thus acts to neutralize free radicals in the body and slows the oxidation (i.e., aging) process in the body.
  6. Good taste. If it doesn't taste good, you'll simply won't drink enough water to stay hydrated enough to optimize the health benefits.

Alkaline, Ionized Water Has All 6 Qualities

After many years of research and testing, I have found the type of water that best provides all of these qualities is alkaline, ionized water. It is produced by a home water filter system that sits on a counter top or is installed under the sink.

It is important to note that all alkaline water ionizers are NOT the same. Beware of marketing hype and misinformation online.

For more information, check out:

Alkaline Water Ionizer - Reviews and Recommendations.

Further reading . . .

Ionized Water - 3 Key Health Benefits

Molecular Hydrogen in Water - What Is It and How to Get It?

What Is Ionized Alkaline Water?

How Does an Ionizer Work?

Alkaline Water Benefits - 3 Important Factors

Why Buy an Ionizer?

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Best Water for Kidney Stones

Drinking Spring Water - Health Pros and Cons

Drinking Rain Water - Health Advantages and Disadvantages

Drinking Soft Water - The Health Drawbacks

Benefits of Aloe Water

Drinking Rainwater - An Effective Way to Conserve Water and Save Money

Drinking Infused Water - The Health Benefits

Hydration Beverages - 5 Healthy Choices

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Internal Use

Benefits of Switchel - A Healthy Electrolyte Beverage

Sun-Charged Water - Its Benefits and Uses

Return from Best Drinking Water to Water Benefits Health Home

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