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Is drinking spring water good for your health?

Collecting fresh spring water in man's hands.

Is spring water good for you? There are so many choices for water when trying to achieve adequate hydration each day. This article will help us understand the different water types and the water quality that goes with each of them. 

So much confusion about water

If you don’t know me, I teach seminars to other chiropractors and chiropractic students for a living. I’m always surprised that even people with doctorate level education don’t understand the difference between the types of water that are offered. 

This will be fun to go through all of the different types and ways to consume water! It is such a vital nutrient for our health but drinking water that has added chemicals or heavy metals will only keep us from achieving the optimal health that we all crave so deeply. 

What is natural spring water?

Spring water comes from an underground source. These underground aquifers/natural springs provide water through the opening of a spring (borehole) after being naturally filtered through the earth. This means that nature has done the filtration process for us while simultaneously maintaining essential minerals and electrolytes that provide so many benefits for human health. 

What makes spring water special?

As I mentioned before, one of the most wonderful things about spring water is that it is naturally filtered. Other types of water need chemical or mechanical filtration.

Natural springs are formed when water seeps deep into the ground and is stored in large quantities in underground formations called aquifers. 

The aquifers lie under Earth’s natural water table and are usually made up of underground rock like clay, sandstone, and  limestone. These substances do all the heavy lifting as far as filtration is concerned. They remove all the “bad” stuff in the purification process and what we end up with is the purest natural source of water.

Besides being very clean and pure, the other exceptional thing about water from underground springs is that it is high in natural minerals which are essential nutrients for our health. Other purification methods can get you absolutely no particles at all which means there’s no bad stuff but there’s also no good stuff. 

Natural mineral content in spring water:

  • ​Zinc
  • Iron
  • Magnesium (great for muscle and nerve function)
  • Potassium (fluid balance regulation)
  • Calcium (healthy bones and teeth)
  • Sodium
  • Copper

Now that’s a lot of beneficial minerals in just one glass of water!

See these posts for additional nutritional information:

Health benefits of spring water

pouring clear from glass pitcher into short glass.

The human body is such a complex network of systems. I’m always amazed to see how every cell can work together with every other cell in order to achieve such wonderful things. Seriously…I am!

Here are a few benefits that you can get from drinking adequate amounts of natural spring water from an underground water source.

  • Decreases high blood pressure
  • Decreases occurrence of heart disease
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps with detoxification
  • Assists in maintaining strong bones
  • Keeps the immune system healthy
  • Improves skin health
  • Balances pH level
  • Boosts energy levels
  • And many more

Comparisons: What type of water should I choose?

At this point you have a pretty good idea that spring water is wonderful but I want to empower everyone to make an informed decision when choosing something that you are going to consume everyday in beverages and in food. It really is something that can change your health in the long run and offer a significant decrease in many diseases. 

Spring Water vs Tap Water

Water from a tap into a clear glass

Oh boy! Let’s get into this one. I’m so lucky to have a few key mentors in my life that would tell me the truth about health from early on in my career. It is such a SHAME when people think they are doing the right thing like drinking a lot of water, etc everyday only to find out that it is absolutely TOXIC as can be! 

There are many problems with the public water supply. Read this article about carcinogens in drinking water. 

It’s safe to say that none of us want to be exposed to at least 22 carcinogens or toxic metals that are present in tap water. 

Also something to think about…

You may drink spring or purified water that is safe from carcinogens, etc but do you cook with tap water? Do you brush your teeth with it? What about soak and rinse your produce with it? 

What about showering and bathing? Since your skin is the largest organ that you have and EVERYTHING you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body…give some consideration to a shower filter or purifying bath tablets. I’ve used a shower filter for years and I also used the bath tablets with my child for many years until he switched to showers. Awww, so sweet to remember the baby bath days isn’t it? 

Decreasing your exposure in all these areas will help your overall health more than you know!

Bottled water

water splashing out of a plastic water bottle

So how can we tell the difference between regular bottled water and excellent bottled water? Let’s break it down.

Spring Water vs Purified Water

Purified water has been treated to remove contaminants. This type of water could be filtered or distilled. This isn’t the best water but it will work in a pinch and it is safer than tap water. The major drawback here is that that purified water has no healthy minerals like spring water does. I know people and have had patients that drink only this type of water. Long term they experience some pretty significant deficiencies in trace minerals. One solution is to use additional minerals as a supplement to your water if this happens to meet your personal preferences.

Spring Water vs Reverse Osmosis Water

Although nothing really measures up to the purest form of water (spring), this may be a close second for practicality. Reverse osmosis water filters are a great way to filter out impurities when you need so much water for cooking, etc. You can have them installed in your home and not have to depend on bottles of spring water. I also personally like the taste of this type of water. Again, remember you can add minerals back in at the end of the day.

Spring Water vs Alkaline Water

I was on an alkaline water kick for a while. I was trying to keep my body as alkaline as possible and water was a big part of that. Upon further research I found out that even though it is one of the most excellent choices it still doesn’t have all of the spring water benefits. 

In order to make alkaline water the process uses an artificial water filtration system. Spring water is naturally alkaline and still offers the high mineral content that we are looking for.

Spring Water vs Distilled Water

You may be seeing a pattern here with all the different options. Lol. Distilled water is basically purified, clear water. It is clean and has no particles but is totally stripped of any nutrients. Its so much better than tap but not nearly as good as spring.

Spring Water vs Sparkling Water

This one comes down to a personal preference as far as I’m concerned. You can take natural mineral water and dissolve some carbon dioxide in it to spice things up if you are getting bored. Many people feel as though this type of water has no negative health effects and is just as hydrating as any other kind of water. There are those nay sayers though. They say that this is too acidic for your teeth, bones, and pH balance of the body and should be avoided. 

You can read more about carbonated water here:

Regulations and safety standards for spring water

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all bottled water, spring water included. They make sure that the water is free of certain contaminates and meet standards for human consumption (even though some of their decisions are very controversial, that’s not really a factor here). They have strict regulations as far as elimination of contaminants like bacteria and other harmful microorganisms.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) also set standards and regulations for all drinking water. It sets maximum levels for different things like nitrates, lead, and arsenic. They also protect consumers from bacterias, etc. 

Plastic bottles vs Glass bottles

As we can all clearly see, bottled water companies prefer to use plastic since it saves them a lot of money. I don’t know if it’s obvious by now or not but plastic is never better than glass. Plastics leach toxic and harmful chemicals (like bisphenol A) into our foods and water everyday. 

Please choose bottled water brands that don’t use BPA in their plastic bottles to make sure you stay in good health. Also, don’t let your plastic water bottles get warm. If you leave them in the car or outside in the sun, that’s when the chemicals leach in. I’ve thrown away cases of water that have gotten warm. No one needs any more endocrine disruption in their body! Am I right?

Are you thirsty yet?

thirsty man drinking from a water bottle

Now that we have covered all the different types of drinking water and their pros and cons, go grab yourself a refreshing drink of some beautiful water from under the surface of the earth! 

Final thoughts:

It’s my sincere hope that you found something here that helped you and decreased your stress levels! Please let me know how I can help you further along your journey. And, please subscribe to my email list if you would like more content like this. I would also LOVE it if you would share this with someone that you think would benefit from it. 

I’m so proud of you for seeking out answers and getting better than you were yesterday! Talk to you again soon. 

Dr. Bri


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