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Mineral vs Sparkling Water: What’s the Difference?

Mineral vs Sparkling Water: What’s the Difference?

Mineral vs Sparkling Water: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that water covers 71% of our planet, though only 3% of it is actually fresh? Now consider that 2.5% of the freshwater on Earth is unavailable, being part of the atmosphere, the soil, world glaciers and polar ice caps. The fresh water you see in rivers, lakes and swamps accounts for about 0.3% of the freshwater on Earth.

Fortunately we tend to rely on our underground water reservoirs and  springs in order to satisfy the growing demand for fresh water. The so-called mineral water is also preferred for its rich mineral content that results in a number of bone and digestive health benefits. 

Mineral Water

Depending on the actual source the mineral water composition can vary greatly. For instance it could be either still or carbonated. As it comes to its mineral content it greatly depends on the composition of the mineral rocks that the water flows through. 

Usually carbonated water has a high content of calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, and potassium.

Mineral water has been appreciated for its healing properties since ancient times. The Roman nobility used to take vacations on mineral water springs. They also built aqueducts, city fountains and public baths, supplying whole cities and households with fresh water to drink, wash and cook. 

You’ve most certainly heard of the health benefits of mineral water but here is a list that you should definitely keep in mind when deciding on how to efficiently hydrate your body:

 

1. Promotes Digestive Health

 

Mineral water contains good amounts of magnesium, which helps digestion and alleviates constipation. 

 

2. Lowers Blood Pressure

 

Magnesium is also known to lower high blood pressure, and thus promote better heart health. Drinking water rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium is associated with better blood circulation which results in a considerable improvement in the whole cardiovascular system. 

 

3. Improves Bone Health

 

Some mineral waters contain calcium, which ensures that our bones remain strong and healthy. It is easier for the human body to absorb calcium from mineral water than from milk and food supplements. Thus drinking mineral water and exercising regularly will help you keep your bones in the best condition. 

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is rich in carbon dioxide thus its bubbly nature. It is also called carbonated water and it could be seen in nature as carbonated mineral water, or could be man-made by infusing still water with carbon dioxide under pressure by manufacturers. 

The naturally occurring sparkling mineral water also contains valuable minerals thus it is considered to be a healthier alternative. 

Nevertheless, sparkling water provides true hydration regardless of its mineral content. 

Some would list the following benefits of sparkling or carbonated water:

 

1. Relieves Constipation

 

The tingly properties of carbonated water have been found beneficial in relieving constipation in adults. Researchers suggest that sparkling water may even help with stomach aches and indigestion. 

 

2. Improves Digestion 

 

Sparkling water is believed to stimulate the nerves responsible for eating thus they effectively facilitate swallowing. 

3. Increases Feeling of Fullness 

Drinking sparkling water will help you feel full and prevent you from overeating. Studies found that sparkling water will remain in the stomach for a longer time, numbing your appetite and helping you maintain healthy weight. 

So which one is better? Mineral or sparkling water? 

Science doesn’t yet have a conclusive answer to that question. What we’ve found so far is that keeping yourself well hydrated is the most important thing and mixing different types of water is what adds a fun note to it. 

Keep hydrated, stay healthy!

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