Water is life. Quite literally. The human body, on average, is composed of about 60% water depending on age, weight and varying factors. Water is one of the simplest things in the world, composed simply of hydrogen and oxygen. It’s odourless, tasteless, inorganic and contains absolutely no calories. Despite these facts, we need to consume a reasonable amount of water ever day in order to survive. But not all waters are created equal…
First of all, let me be clear that I’m not talking about flavoured or sparkling waters, or anything that’s been processed or served into bottles or cans that you might find at your local convenience or grocery store. I’m talking about the differences between distilled and spring water.
Let’s start with spring water, or what one typically sees at the store as bottled water. This is water that has come from a natural source, like the mountains or underground. Although most people tend to consider this water to be the “best” water to drink, those same people don’t realize that this water may or may not have been treated and have no idea what contaminants may be included.
Now, I’m not trying to get myself taken out by an assassin hired by “big water” but I should probably point out that for the most part, drinking bottled water is no better and no worse than drinking tap water. In fact, tap water often has more stringent treatment and purification processes than the water you get in a plastic bottle. in fact, studies performed by the NRDC (Yes, the National Resources Defence Council that Marshall Erikson worked at in How I Met Your Mother) have found contaminants contained in some bottled water (https://www.nrdc.org/stories/truth-about-tap#table2)
Distilled water is an entirely different creature. Distilled water is purified, filtered and stripped of absolutely everything EXCEPT hydrogen and oxygen. That’s why most people consider distilled water to be stale and flat. Because there’s literally nothing in it. You know that one specific brand of bottled water that you absolutely LOVE the taste of? That taste is the result of the minerals and contaminants within the water.
Distilled water is usually what’s used for medical purposes or for people with vulnerable systems. For example, my wife and I use distilled water to make our infant son’s formula, since it prevents the addition of said contaminants. Depending on what you’re trying to do, distilled water can also be used for recipes and such. So distilled and spring water are not necessarily interchangeable, depending on who’s consuming it and why.
At the end of the day, if you have a dedicated drinking water tap at home with a decent filter, that option is perfectly fine and will do the job. You’ll also notice that bottles of distilled water will often cost a touch more than spring water, due to the process required to purify it. if you wonder about the purity of your tap water, check with your municipality’s water board. Depending on where you live, the majority of towns and cities are obligated to test their water frequently and make the results public.
Most importantly, be sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will help eliminate fatigue, stave off unnecessary hunger and help to flush out your body’s systems. Although not all waters are created equal, as long as you keep on drinking it, you can’t go wrong. ☯