Water - the agony of choice

Water - Our body and our organs depend on being well provided for. How much water or liquid we should eat every day is different. However, as the body signals to us only in the event of a shortage that supplies are running low, the rule of thumb is: 1.5 to 2 liters of liquid in the form of drinks per day. But: water is not equal to water ...

Small 1x1 of the water types

In addition to the well-known mineral water, there are a number of other water types, all of which differ significantly from each other: by their formation, their composition and taste. So we are spoiled for choice:

Drinking water (tap water)

Tap water is not extracted from deep water like mineral water but from groundwater or surface water. The quality of this water is not the same everywhere, it varies from place to place. Unlike mineral water, it is not of natural purity. Depending on how clean it is, it must therefore be treated by the waterworks and cleaned. It can be treated with chlorine, for example, or additionally filtered through activated carbon.

In Germany, drinking water is frequently and thoroughly controlled. So you can assume a good quality. However, caution is advised when the water flows from outdated lead pipes.

Natural mineral water

Mineral water is a pure natural product, which is extracted from the so-called deep water. This has formed in many decades from precipitation. It is naturally cleaned and filtered by seeping through layers of earth and rock. In this way, the water also absorbs carbon dioxide and minerals. The more carbonic acid a water contains, the more minerals are released from the surrounding rock layers.

Mineral water must come from an underground source and be of natural purity. It is bottled directly at the source and is the only food that must be officially recognized. For natural mineral water, nothing should be added. Only the removal of iron and the regulation of the content of carbonic acid are permitted. In addition, the label must indicate: treatment procedure, source name, place of filling, date and result of the officially recognized analysis.

healing water

Natural healing water has to meet even higher demands. It must come from special healing sources and is subject to the strict guidelines of the Medicines Act.

As so-called finished medicines, medicinal waters must have medical effectiveness, for example prevent, alleviate or even cure diseases. Possible applications include chronic gastrointestinal diseases, various kidney problems and osteoporosis.

spring water

Spring water also comes from underground water resources. However, it does not have any detectable effects on health, does not contain a consistent amount of minerals and is not officially recognized.

The composition of spring water is the same as for tap water.

bottled water

Bottled water does not have to be of natural origin. It's an artificial mix of tap water and other ingredients like salt water or mineral water.

Since bottled water is not bound to any particular source, it may be produced and bottled at any location and may also be offered "loosely", ie via dispensers. Unlike mineral water, it does not have to be officially recognized.

Too little water makes you dizzy

When the climate is hot and oppressive, complaints such as headaches and circulatory problems with dizziness can be an indication of a lack of water in the body. Many people drink enough, but not the right one. Alcoholics, sugary sodas, mixed milk drinks or juices are not good thirst quenchers, on the contrary.

Much better suited are mineral water or good drinking water. If you do not like it pure, you can also mix it with juice, whereby the mixing ratio should be one part juice and two parts mineral water. Since sweating also causes a lot of salt loss, a mineral water with at least 250 milligrams of sodium is recommended. It is also important that not too much is drunk at once, but distributed in small sips throughout the day. Because too quickly absorbed water is also quickly excreted by the kidneys or sweat on hot days.

The right amount of drinking is not only important for the water balance of the body, but also for digestion. Because the body absorbs the water from the intestine. If you suddenly suffer from constipation in warm weather, you should definitely increase the daily intake. Because too tight a bowel movement indicates a significantly low intake.

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