Better water for health. Source and mineral waters.
Although the condition of our tap water is constantly improving and does not deviate from the standards of the European Union, drinking it directly from the tap can be quite risky. It does not provide the needed minerals, and also because of its hardness may not quench thirst sufficiently. Therefore, look for bottled water that has approvals. We have more and more different waters to choose from, so it’s good to know how they differ and which will be suitable for us on a daily basis.
Pole, drink more good water! What does the water in the bottle contain?
According to statistics, the Pole drinks more or less a glass of bottled water every day – says Wojciech Rutkowski, president of the Polish Chamber of Commerce and Packaging Industry. This is not the best result, despite the fact that it is not known today that drinking the optimal amount of adequate water is beneficial to our body. It is good when the water we drink contains elements such as calcium, magnesium, chlorides, sulphates, bicarbonates and, in some cases, iodine and fluorine. These are the most valuable minerals for the body that can be found in bottled waters. Their list, as well as information about the level of content, can usually be found on the label.
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The amount of minerals depends on whether the water is spring or mineral water. Our Polish law together with EU law divided bottled waters considering mineralization (ie the amount of minerals per liter) for low-mineralized (up to 500mg / l), medium-mineralized (500-1500mg / l) and highly mineralized (above 1500mg / l).
Source waters – universal and originally clean in terms of chemical and microbiological
The spring waters are extracted from underground sources. They are originally clean chemical and microbiological. Their mineralization is up to 500 mg / l. Waters of this type are usually cheaper than higher mineralized waters and they are a great replacement for tap water as they are characterized by very high versatility. As a result, they are the most popular among Poles – Non-drinking spring waters, ideally suited for making tea, coffee and preparing soups. They also work well when mixing with juices, because they do not dominate the taste of juice. Their neutral composition of minerals means that they can be consumed without restrictions – says Marcin Dewódzki, president of Złoty Potok company producing spring water.
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Mineral waters – a wealth of minerals
Mineralized mineral water from source waters should be selected with the head. These medium-mineralized ones will contain 500-1500 mg / l of mineral constituents, while highly mineralized ones will exceed 1500mg / l. Remember that the level of mineralization of individual components has an impact on our health.
The elements contained in water are the most beneficial for us, but depending on the individual needs, one should pay attention to the individual content of dissolved components. We should be aware that our body has specific needs for a given element. For example, in the case of calcium for an average person this level is about 900-1200 mg per day, and for magnesium about 400 mg. Excessive levels of these ingredients may already be harmful.
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Waters above 4000 mg / l are already called medicinal waters and drinking them in large amounts should be consulted with a physician.