According to a study by the CDC, 7% reported not drinking water every day and a third (36%), only drank 1-3 cups of water each day.

Dehydration is even more common in older adults.

Improper hydration has many health implications, from affecting our mood and ability to think to increasing the risk of chronic diseases.

People who drink little water complain that it is bland and tasteless. This is especially true when compared with juices, tea, and soda.

Most of us find water to have a distinct, noticeable taste. This is especially true when we try different types of water.

Types Of Water

Not all water tastes the same. The taste of different types of water can be affected by the processes they go through.

  • Springwater is a natural source of freshwater, usually found in mountainous regions. Minerals are collected as rain or snow runoff descends the mountain. The mineral composition will change each spring.
  • Water – from a deep well that was drilled in order to access underground water sources. The water is usually filtered to ensure its safety. You can also taste the soil minerals found in deep aquifers.
  • Water treatment plants usually treat the tap water that is provided by your municipality. Fluoride is added to water in many places as a way to protect teeth. Copper pipes can add a subtle flavor to tap water.
  • Sparkling water is water that has been carbonated. The taste can be affected by the fizziness and minerals in the water. Some sparkling waters also include juices or flavors to enhance their taste.
  • Distilled Water – This is water that has been boiled to the point of evaporation, leaving behind any minerals or contaminants. The H20 that has evaporated is then re-condensed into liquid. The water is stripped of minerals, bacteria and chemicals.

The Taste of Water

Taste is primarily determined by the amount of minerals present in water.

Some minerals are more tasty than others.

The waters that scored better in blind taste tests had higher concentrations :

  • HCO3- (bicarbonate)
  • SO42- (sulfate)
  • Ca2+ (calcium)
  • Mg2+ (magnesium)

On the other end of the scale, waters with high concentrations: were scored lower.

  • Na+ (sodium)
  • K+ (potassium)
  • Cl- (chloride)

Drink More Water

Here are some tips to help you increase your water consumption, which you should do. But you may not like the taste.

  • Filter your tap water.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon, lime or fruit juice.
  • You can add fruit such as strawberries, cherries or blueberries. Or herbs like mint or ginger.
  • Try different types of water like sparkling water and water from different locations.

The importance of water in good health cannot be overstated. Too much soda, coffee, energy drinks, or juices can be harmful to your health.

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