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Is your purified water keeping you dehydrated?

Updated on September 1, 2013
Sierra mountain stream, not far from Mt. Whitney in the sierra range of California.
Sierra mountain stream, not far from Mt. Whitney in the sierra range of California.

Hydrating With Bottled Water

Bottled waters. spring water, mineral water, purified water, and distilled water are not all the same!

Bottled water can be very healthy....or not!

Most North American tap waters have pHs in the range of 7.0 to 7.4, which is half way between acidic and basic. Some popular purified waters have pH in the “4” range, worse than acid rainwater!

pHs under "7" are acidic. Some mineral waters have pHs as high as 9 or 10 which are ALKALINE, the opposite of acidic. Slightly more alkaline water tends to be "good" for hydration.

Mineral Water and Purified Water

Minerals yield the ions as the electrolytes causing the rise in water pH. Calcium, magnesium, and sodium are electrolytes in mineral water. Distilled water ia demineralized and has been shown to detrimental, over time, all things being equal Why?

Staying Hydrated or Becoming Dehydrated

The human body is 80% water and 90% of the US population is dehydrated. Why? For water to enter our cells, the cell has to “know” the water is accompanied by a “key” or the cell's “aquaporins” will not allow new water to enter the cell.

The "keys" are electrolytes or minerals in hydrating water. Water that cannot enter the cell stays outsidel the cell passing out of the body through renal aquaporin-6 channel proteins resulting in dehydration. People drinking purified water may be perpetually dehydrated where the body exists in a constant state prone to disease.

Therefore, some people may drink lots of water and still be dehydrated since their water lacks minerals needed to help in getting water into the cell, but since any water that does enter the cell is acidic this causes the cells to become acidic which leads to a disease state inside the cell. Now the body is dehydrated, acidic, and open to developing diseases.

Diseases of Dehydration

There are so many disease states from dehydration they are hard to list including everything from migrainees to arthritis. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, at says, people are not sick, but in fact they are actually thirsty, stating that even high blood pressure may simply be caused by being in a continual state of dehydration or not staying hydrated.

The doctor says adult onset (Type II) diabetes, is a complication of dehydration, which can lead to retinopathy, neuropathy, and gangrene.

Best Waters for Staying Hydrated

Mineral waters are healthy since they provide the magnesium, calcium, and trace minerals required to be in the best physiological state. Many people take calcium supplements for preventing osteoporosis, but unless there is sufficient magnesium around in the proper ratio to assist the calcium to be absorbed, the calcium will not be usefully deployed by the body.

Perrier, the French spring water, has especially high calcium content but since it does not contain enough magnesium for calcium to be absorbed there are reports of people having developed urinary tract infections from drinking six bottles per day or more of Perrier.

Magnesium Content in Mineral Water

The World Health Organization recommends at least 25 milligrams of magnesium per liter of water saying that heart disease can be reduced by up to 40 percent with sufficient dietary magnesium.

Adobe Springs Water from Stanislaus County, California, has over 100 milligrams of magnesium per liter, as well as good ratios of other minerals. Noah's California Spring Water uses Adobe Springs Water as a water source.

Haaretz reports that Netanyahu is considering supplementing Israeli water with magnesium with the thought that magnesium could lower heart disease as it is used in the body not only for calcium absorption, but also for muscle contraction, brain function, nerve function, and maintaining immunity.

States in the USA With High Tap Water Mineral Content

Some states in the continental US have substantial tap water mineral content. People can find out how their tap water stacks up when the water company mails out their routine analysis statement. A key message is that osteoporosis may be able to be reduced when there is sufficient mineral content in the water.

Regarding Bottled Water

If one plans on paying for bottled water, consider that purified waters may harm the body since the mineral content has been essentially reduced to zero, especially in distilled waters. Some large discount grocery stores have great prices on their purified or distilled waters, but one may be better off (and more healthy) drinking tap water.

Usually, plain tap water has a fairly neutral pH, which at least is not creating an acidic environment inside the body. For lovers of FIJI water, as it is sourced from the main island of FIJI, and it has flowed over lava, and picked up calcium and heathy trace minerals. The reason for FIJI water's smooth taste is that it has an alkaline pH of around 8 and contains lots of electrolytes for good health.

Remember to leave the purified water at the grocery store as it is not optimum for staying hydrated!

Below is a copy of a chart from showing the pH values of many popular
bottled waters:

Water with a pH of 4.
Penta Water, Distilled Water, Purified Water, Aquafina (made by Pepsi), Dasani (made by Coke), Glaceau Fruit Water, Le Blue Water, Metro Mint Water, Pellegrino (made by Nestle), Perrier (made by Nestle), Smart Water, and Vitamin Water.
Water with a pH of 4.5.
Reverse Osmosis Water and Ice Age Glacial Water.
Water with a pH of 5.
Appalachian Springs Water and Poland Springs Water (made by Nestle)
Water with a pH of 5.5.
Crystal Springs Water, Dannon Spring Water, Pure American Water.
All of the above bottled waters have an acidic ph, which does not support health waters
Water with a pH of 7.
Arrowhead Water, Crystal Geyser Water, Deep Park Water (made by Nestle), Eldorado Springs Water, Supermarket Spring Water.
Water with a pH of 7.5.
Biota water, Fiji Water, Whole Foods 365 Water, Zephyrhills Water (made by Nestle)
Water with a pH of 7.9.
Eden Springs Water.
Water with a pH of 8.
Deep Rock Water, Evamore Water.
Water with a pH of 10
Filtered Ionized Alkaline Water you make with your own Water Ionizer.


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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I like the idea of adding minerals. Thanks!

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hello vespawoolf-if you are drinkng the purified water you might want to get hold of a source of trace minerals like those from the Great Salt Lake or I once bought a bottle that had the trace minerals all dissolved in there...tasted awful!

      As far as the plastic, leaching can be a problem. You may have the best of all possible worlds distilling your own water and adding the minerals back in.

      Thank you for your comments and for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We are still drinking distilled water although we want to switch to alkalinized water. We began distilling because we live in a mining zone and, obviously, the water is really contaminated. The dehydration you mention is a concern. I also worry about drinking water that has been stored in plastic. What is your thought? Thank you for this fascinating information!

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      It is amazing. In the answer so easy. I know a guy who is a diabetic who was hospitalized for a stomach staple. Doctor told him to drink lots of water, but he knew better. His kidneys shut down, something to do with dehydration.....I don't know exactly, but he has to go on dialysis and his doc told him all he needed was water.!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Amazing about this dehydration. My husband wound up in emergency room three years ago. which turned out to be dehydration. He now carries a bottle of water with him everywyere.