WATER

आपणास माहित आहे की मानवी शरीर 60% पाण्याने बनलेले आहे? हायड्रेशन टिकवण्यासाठी पाण्याचा वापर करणे अत्यावश्यक आहे. Bottled Water, ते Mineral Water असो ह्याची आपल्या सोयीसाठी योग्य ती निवड आपल्या हाती आहे. Mineral water आणि Bottled water, यांच्यातील फरक माहित आहेत काय?

Drinking Water

Drinking water is the packaged sealed water that is safe, clean and potable for human consumption. Although drinking water is safe and clean, it is also chemically treated.

It is treated to eliminate microbial hazard, most of the time with chlorination. Due to the fact that it may not contain sufficient minerals.

Mineral Water

Mineral water is usually bottled water that contain minerals or other dissolved substances obtained from naturally occurring springs, like lakes, rivers or wells, which are places where the rich minerals are available.

Mineral water is a good source of nutrients to provide body with extra benefits. As mineral water undergoes many processes, the price become slightly higher than drinking water.

Approximately over 3000 varieties of bottled mineral water are sold worldwide.

 

The following table offers a good comparison between the two:

 

MINERAL WATER

DRINKING WATER

Description Mineral water contains minerals or other dissolved substances for therapeutic or taste altering value Drinking water is sealed water that is safe, clean & potable for human consumption
Chemically Treated No Yes
Filtration Process There are processes for filtration but the natural water content remain intact Drinking water is chemically treated
Shelf Life The shelf life is longer because the water is pure and has not been chemically treated. It has a shorter shelf life

Be it mineral or drinking water, it is  important to drink regularly throughout the day. Here are some tips on how to save money when buying bottled water:

3 Types of Water

Packaged water sold to the public has to be officially authorised as being suitable for human consumption. The Codex Alimentarius – the internationally recognised set of food standards – distinguishes three categories: Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Prepared Water.

1) Natural Mineral Water: Pure And Untouched

Natural mineral water comes from underground sources that are guaranteed to be protected from risks of pollution. They are characterised by their mineral salt content – each type of mineral water has them in specific proportions.

The conditions under which the water is collected guarantee its microbiological purity and chemical composition. It has to be packaged close to the point of emergence of the source and it is forbidden to subject it to any form of treatment, other than carbonation and the removal of certain minerals, such as iron and manganese. Natural mineral waters are allowed to claim medicinal properties. Natural mineral waters account for a significant share of our local brands in emerging markets.

2) Spring Water: Defined By Its Origin

Spring water comes from a specified source, usually underground but occasionally on the surface, and has not passed through any type of community water system.

To avoid any kind of pollution or contamination, it is subject to protection within a set of vulnerability perimeters. It is certified to be consistently fit for human consumption at the source and is kept in that state until bottling occurs. Except for a small number of authorised processes, it cannot receive any modification or treatment.

Spring water constitutes the leading product type for our local brands in the United States, as well as the majority of our local brands in other markets outside Europe.

3) Prepared Water: Ensuring That Drinking Water Is Safe

Prepared water can originate from any type of water supply, including municipal water supply systems. It can be treated in any way that modifies the original water to comply with chemical, microbiological and radiological safety requirements stipulated for pre-packaged water.

In many emerging countries, the concept of water purity is synonymous with safety. In these countries, prepared water is the standard form of water for human consumption. According to local legislation, it is identified on the label as “Purified Water” or “Drinking Water”.

Packaged Drinking water brands in Indian market

 

Mineral water brands in Indian market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(So if you want to check next time whether you are buying packaged drinking water or natural mineral water then kindly refer to BIS code. BIS has published two Indian Standards for Packaged Drinking Water namely IS 13428 for Packaged Natural Mineral Water and IS 14543 for Packaged Drinking Water)

Benefits Of Drinking Water

Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day.

 IT LUBRICATES THE JOINTS

Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.

 IT FORMS SALIVA AND MUCUS

Saliva helps us digest our food and keeps the mouth, nose, and eyes moist. This prevents friction and damage. Drinking water also keeps the mouth clean. Consumed instead of sweetened beverages, it can also reduce tooth decay.

 IT DELIVERS OXYGEN THROUGHOUT THE BODY

Blood is more than 90 % water, and blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body.

 IT BOOSTS SKIN HEALTH AND BEAUTY

With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.

 IT CUSHIONS THE BRAIN, SPINAL CORD, AND OTHER SENSITIVE TISSUES

Dehydration can affect brain structure and function. It is also involved in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.

 IT REGULATES BODY TEMPERATURE

Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body in sport. Some scientists have suggested that when there is too little water in the body, heat storage increases and the individual is less able to tolerate heat strain. Having a lot of water in the body may reduce physical strain if heat stress occurs during exercise. However, more research is needed into these effects.

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DEPENDS ON IT

The bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.

IT FLUSHES BODY WASTE

Water is needed in the processes of sweating and removal of urine and feces.

IT HELPS MAINTAIN BLOOD PRESSURE

A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.

THE AIRWAYS NEED IT

When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

IT MAKES MINERALS AND NUTRIENTS ACCESSIBLE

These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body.

IT PREVENTS KIDNEY DAMAGE

The kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Insufficient water can lead to kidney stones and other problems.

IT BOOSTS PERFORMANCE DURING EXERCISE

Some scientists have proposed that consuming more water might enhance performance during strenuous activity.  More research is needed to confirm this, but one review found that dehydration reduces performance in activities lasting longer than 30 minutes.

 WEIGHT LOSS

Water may also help with weight loss, if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas. “Preloading” with water before meals can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.

 IT REDUCES THE CHANCE OF A HANGOVER

When partying, unsweetened soda water with ice and lemon alternated with alcoholic drinks can help prevent overconsumption of alcohol.

FLAVOURED WATER

A category of beverage marketed as water which contains an array of additional ingredients, including natural and artificial flavours, sugar, sweeteners, vitamins, minerals and other “enhancements”. Most enhanced waters have fewer calories than similarly sized non-diet soft drinks.

8 FLAVOURED WATER RECIPES

For All Options:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup ice cubes optional

 1) For Strawberry, Basil and Lemon:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries stemmed and sliced, fresh or frozen
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

 2) For Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint:

  • 1/2 cup honeydew cubes
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 10 fresh mint leaves torn

3) Blackberries, Orange, and Ginger:

  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced

 4) Blueberry, Lemon, and Rosemary:

  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

 5) Pineapple, Coconut, and Lime:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup coconut chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 lime thinly sliced

6) Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime:

  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 1 kiwi diced or cut into circles
  • 1 lime sliced into circles

7) Grapefruit, Pomegranate, and Mint:

  • 1 grapefruit thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 mint leaves torn

8) Mango, Raspberry, and Ginger:

  • 1 mango peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced
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