Depending on the filtration process it passes through, various waters contain very different chemical compositions to each other. That being said, the fundamental traits of perfectly balanced mineral waters include being sterile, pure (free from nitrates), low in sodium, PH neutral and containing a suitable mix of key minerals.
Finding the right balance of all of these traits can be tricky. But why are they all so important?
100% sterile: Consuming water that is 100% sterile is of peak importance, especially during pregnancy when you need to be mindful of what you are consuming for your unborn child, as well as in the immediate aftermath when you are breastfeeding. natrl water is defined as sterile as it derives from 100% natural snow melt and alpine rain, which is filtered through the earth for 60-70 years before being bottled at the source, under the highest and strictest New Zealand standards. It’s completely free from additional filtration or chemical treatments.
Purity: One of the biggest issues with consumable water is the presence of nitrates in it. These are chemicals that are heavily used in the agricultural process, and are odourless, tasteless and colourless, which makes them almost impossible to detect. However, they are heavy oxidants that are extremely harmful to human health, with studies showing consuming nitrates in large quantities frequently result in thyroid issues, high blood pressure, blood poisoning, and in extreme cases, cancer. When trying to select a perfectly balanced mineral water, priority number one is to stay away from bottles that list nitrate-nitrogen (NO3-N) as an ingredient.
Low in sodium: Consuming too much sodium as part of your daily diet has multiple potentially dangerous side effects - ranging from heart problems, to high blood pressure and kidney diseases. Sodium is prominent in so many of the foods we consume on a regular basis that reducing your intake by choosing a low sodium water option will help ensure that you’re under your daily allowances.
PH neutral: Another staple requirement of a perfectly balanced mineral water is to have a neutral PH level. PH levels range from 1-14, and a perfectly balanced water will be neither too acidic or alkaline. The human body should maintain a PH level of 7, and given the variety of PH levels associated with foods you consume on a daily basis, drinking a neutral water gives you the best chance to maintain this balanced rate consistently.
Natural minerals: Naturally occurring minerals that are present in water play an important role in what defines a perfectly balanced product. The key minerals you should look for are magnesium and calcium. Magnesium deficiencies result in headaches, trembling, dizziness and insomnia amongst other things, while calcium is needed in the diet as it regulates heartbeat, helps the nervous system and is essential when it comes to the transmission of nerve impulses. From a taste perspective, the mineral balance also plays an important role, with water that contains large quantities of magnesium generally tasting sweeter, and a calcium heavier water being slightly more bitter on the palate.
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