Did you know?
- Each cell in our body is full of water
- Water plays a major role in DNA’s structure and function
- About 70% of human brain and heart and 83% of our lungs are made of water
- Water regulates our internal body temperature through sweating and respiration
- Amniotic fluid is 98% water
- Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average adult
- The amazing ability of water to dissolve more substances than any other liquid allows our cells to use nutrients, minerals, and chemicals in biological processes
- Pure water (H2O) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic (<7) nor alkaline (>7)
- When minerals such as calcium and magnesium separate in the water, they form positively and negatively charged ions we call electrolytes
Drink for thought
About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Water is also the major component of the human body. We are born being as much as 73% water. One could say we live in the world of water and we ourselves are water. Surely our individual characters and moods are as varied, changing and evolving as are the myriad of forms and states of water on our planet. We also have different water needs which vary daily and depending on each person. It is very fitting then that each water source on this planet has its unique characteristics and some sources have excellent mineral composition with a specific potential to benefit our bodies. By not paying attention to what we drink, we are dismissing what nature has to offer. Do you know what is in your water?
Our Source: Carpathian Mountains
In the heart of Europe, the Carpathian Mountains are a series of beautiful mountain ranges that span over several countries: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic. It may come as a surprise that the Carpathian Mountains cover a much larger area of Europe than the Alps. The pristine forests of the Carpathians provide the habitat for the largest European populations of large mammals, including brown bears, wolves and lynxes. Nature’s diversity present in the ecosystem of the Carpathian Mountains is of vital importance for Europe. The mountains connect Europe’s northern, southern and western forests, forming a vital corridor for the migration of plants and animals throughout Europe. Because of its unique geological traits, this untouched forested paradise also offers a wealth of pristine underground aquifers, healing thermal springs, fresh mountain brooks and an abundance of drinking water rich in Nature’s minerals.
What is mineral water?
Mineral water means water obtained from a protected geological underground source and subjected to no or minimal treatments that would modify its mineral composition. It can be naturally carbonated or non-carbonated. Each country has its own definition and some require a specific threshold of total dissolved solids for the water to be labelled as mineral water. If the set threshold is not met, the untreated water from a protected underground source can be generally labelled only as natural spring water. However, rather than relying on whether the water is marked as "mineral" or "spring" water on the label, we advise to look at the value of the total dissolved solids and the mineral composition, which says more about the quality and type of water.
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are the positively and negatively charged ions formed when the minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulphates separate in the water and become electrolysed. Each electrolyte carries a charge and can conduct an electrical current.
Why are electrolytes important?
Electrolytes are essential for our life. They regulate many of our body functions, including nerves, muscle, hydration, blood pH, blood pressure, and the rebuilding of damaged tissue. For example, our muscles, including our heart, use electrolytes to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses to other cells. We get our electrolytes from what we eat and drink. In human bodies, electrolytes include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), bicarbonate (HCO3-), magnesium (Mg2+), and chloride (Cl-). These are some of the electrolytes that are in various quantities contained in our waters.
What are total dissolved solids?
Total dissolved solids refer to minerals and salts (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, sulphates, manganese, iron, zinc, lithium, copper, selenium) and small amounts of organic matters dissolved in water. The level and combination of the TDS varies from water to water and affects the taste of the water and its potential health benefits. For example, the distilled water has a nil TDS. An average mineral water usually has anywhere between 300 and 2,500+ TDS. There are mineral waters that have as much as 10,000+ TDS, containing high levels of minerals; those waters are usually consumed for a specific health purpose and in smaller quantities.
What is pH and why is it important?
pH is a measure of how acidic/alkaline water is. pH ranges from 0 - 14, with 7 being neutral. pHs of less than 7 indicate acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates alkalinity. The human body has a natural pH between 7.35 and 7.45 and it is designed to maintain a very delicate pH balance in its fluids, tissues and systems for optimal health. Drinking demineralized water such as distilled or reverse osmosis water or eating acidic food can make our bodies acidic. This can lead to various serious health issues.