A look at the labels on bottled water
Choosing a bottled water should be simple--after all, it's just water,
right? But look at the labels and you'll see plenty of buzzwords--purified,
ionized, distilled and more--that can make the choice more complicated.
Is one water better than others? Dayne Grove, naturopathic doctor and
acupuncturist at the
Mission Hospital Wellness Corner at Sendero Marketplace, dives into the world of water.
Distilled. "Depending on its source, water can be a good dietary source of
minerals such as magnesium, calcium and sodium," says Grove. "But
while distilled water goes through a boiling process that removes any
contaminants, the minerals are also removed. While there are different
views on whether it's beneficial to drink distilled water, several
organizations, such as the World Health Organization, caution against
it because it could cause a mineral deficiency in the body. There are
many other ways to get the water your body needs that have the necessary
minerals, so distilled water shouldn't be your first choice for drinking
Ionized Alkaline. In this water, the pH balance is more alkaline than acid because the
ions in water are reconstituted. Because of that, proponents say that
ionized alkaline water has the power to reduce acid levels in the body--and
in turn, it can improve the condition of the muscles, skin, joints and
colon, among other health claims. "While medical research is slim,"
says Grove, "a couple of studies have indicated ionized alkaline
water may be helpful with acid reflux, or in reducing metabolic acidosis,
which is caused when the kidneys can't eliminate enough acid from
the body. But most of the health claims are unsubstantiated."
Purified. "Purified water has been treated to remove most chemicals through
various processes, including distillation or reverse osmosis," Grove
says. "To earn the purified label, the lowered levels of chemicals
in the water must meet federal standards."
Filtered. Filtered water usually means that it's been treated to remove chlorine.
"Filtered water is different from purified water--the latter is filtered,
but then undergoes other purification steps to meet those federal standards,"
Despite all the different labels and trendy buzzwords, the bottom line
is that, in general, most people are fine drinking regular bottled water.
"If you are drinking bottle water because you have concerns about
your tap water, you can get testing reports from your local water agency,"
Grove says. "But you can get a home filtration system and then put
the water in a reusable stainless-steel or glass bottle, which has the
added advantage of being better for the environment than standard plastic
If you do choose bottled water, you can get more information on where it
was sourced and how it was treated from the manufacturer. "The standards
for bottled water safety and labeling are set by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, which also requires labels to include contact information
for the manufacturer so consumers can ask any questions," Grove says.
About Mission Hospital Wellness Corner
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.