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Not All Water Is Equal: Pick the Healthiest Water for You


Cameron-Leigh Henning

 on August 10, 2022. 
Reviewed by 

Michelle Meyer

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Water makes up 60 percent of the human body, and every cell, tissue, muscle, and system requires water to run effectively. Most people need eight glasses of water daily, but with so many different water types, it may be overwhelming to know which one is the best for you.

We've outlined the main types of drinking water along with their benefits and drawbacks to make your decision easier.

Types of Drinking Water

While water is essential, it’s not all the same. Here are seven of the most common types of drinking water.

  1. Tap water Tap water comes out of your faucet. It's sourced from either underground or from surface water like a river or stream.
  2. Mineral water Mineral water is abundant in essential minerals like sulfur, magnesium, and calcium, and comes from underground sources. These essential minerals give this type of water a characteristic salty taste.
  3. Spring or glacier water Spring or glacier water is bottled water that claims to be bottled at the source from where the water flows—either a glacier or a spring. This water is typically clean, free of toxins, and high in minerals.
  4. Distilled water Distilled water is any water that has been purified byboiling the water until it turns into a vapor, capturing the gas, and condensing it back to a liquid state.
  5. Alkaline water Alkaline water has a pH of 8 or 9, which is higher than normal tap water.
  6. Purified water Purified water is typically tap or groundwater that has been treated to remove harmful substances like bacteria and parasites.Reverse osmosis water is an example of purified water.
  7. Structured water Structured water, also called hexagonal water, is water with a structure that has been altered to form a hexagonal molecule cluster. It's believed that structured water shares similarities with water that has been uncontaminated by human processes.

Which Water Is the Healthiest to Drink?

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of water, we'll look at which water is the healthiest. Here is a list of pros and cons for each type of drinking water.

Tap Water


  • Contains natural minerals.
  • Cheap and readily available.
  • Better for the environment because there are no plastic bottles needed.


  • Distinct odor or taste in certain areas may be unappealing.
  • Could contain small amounts of harmful compounds, such asmicroplastics andchlorine.

Mineral Water


  • The high mineral content helps to lower blood pressure, boost muscle growth, and improve bone density.


  • Some brands of mineral water have high levels of sodium.

Spring or Glacier Water


  • Comes straight from the source, so it's considered to be free of harmful contaminants.
  • Contains good levels of essential minerals.
  • Refreshing taste.


  • Could potentially still contain contaminants like metals, nitrates, chlorine, and other unwanted elements.

Distilled Water


  • Good for if you live somewhere or visit somewhere where the tap water is contaminated.


  • No vitamins and minerals, which could negatively affect your health through mineral leaching.

Alkaline Water


  • May hydrate the body better than regular bottled or tap water.


  • More research is needed to confirm the alleged health benefits of alkaline water.
  • Could change the acid levels of the stomach, which could cause discomfort for certain people.

Purified Water


  • A good option if your primary water sources are contaminated.


  • Contains no vitamins and minerals, which could negatively affect your health through mineral leaching.

Structured Water


  • The idea behind structured water is that the molecules are charged, allowing them to hold energy and recharge and hydrate the body more thoroughly than ordinary drinking water.


  • There are limited studies supporting the healthbenefits of structured water.
  • Could still contain contaminants like metals, nitrates, chlorine, and other unwanted elements.

How to Choose the Right Water for You

When choosing the right water for you, ask yourself a few key questions:

  • What does the water taste like? Do I like it?
  • Does it contain harmful contaminants?
  • Does it have potentially negative health risks?
  • How much is it going to cost?
  • Is it easy and convenient for me to drink?

Once you have answered these questions, you can come to a conclusion that works for you and your family.


Mineral and pure spring water are some of the healthiest water you can drink because they're clean and contain all the essential minerals your body needs. There are stillbenefits of filtered water, even though they have no minerals. Tap water is also a good choice in most areas as it’s less expensive, contains essential minerals, and doesn’t create single-use plastic waste. The most important thing is that you're drinking enough water and keeping your body hydrated.

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