The benefits of staying hydrated range from aiding fat loss and fueling muscle growth to promoting digestion and clearing up skin. And while there's nothing wrong with getting the job done with tap water (except maybe its taste, depending on where you live), the stuff that comes out of the faucet doesn't contain the potentially workout-enhancing ingredients that today's trendiest tap alternatives do. Not sure if your H2O needs an upgrade? Read up on the eight most popular bottled waters.
The newest water to hit the scene is Caliwater, made from prickly pear cactus fruit, which is harvested throughout California and Northern Mexico. It is lower in calories than most coconut water and aloe juice products. The antioxidants in the cactus fruit potentially prevent premature aging, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than tap water, and may neutralize acid in the bloodstream. It's said to offer many benefits, including promoting weight loss, aiding detoxification, clearing up skin, and speeding recovery from illness. It's often sold in glass bottles because the plastic (and excessive light) destroys the water's pH balance.
Avitae is purified water that contains caffeine from green coffee beans. It’s calorie-free, unflavored, and the amount of caffeine ranges from a tiny energy boost to the amount of a cup and a half of coffee. This water might be for you if you want a change from your typical energy drink or you need an all-natural energy boost.
Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the body. It is the ultimate hangover remedy because it replaces the electrolytes that you lose when you drink alcohol and helps settle the stomach. Drink coconut water before and after hard workouts as well, but be aware of how much you’re drinking–-each 8-ounce serving contains 45 to 60 calories.
Through the process of boiling water and condensing its steam into a clean container you get distilled water. There is a debate about whether distilled water is safe to drink. The answer is: usually. The distilled water at the grocery store is fine to drink because it is made from drinking water (but because it doesn't contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, it's not the best choice for consistent hydration), but if you were to take water from an industrial source, it would be unsafe to drink distilled because it may contain impurities.
By law, for mineral water to be called mineral water it must originate from a subterranean source that is protected from contaminants. Only water that has been officially approved and tested for purity can be called “natural mineral water,” and getting to this stage means passing 200 separate analyses.
Yes, diamond water is made with actual diamonds. In ancient times, the diamond was said to inspire creativity and positive energy. This stuff has a high pH, making it alkaline, but at $35 for a 12-pack, you might want to skip the spiritual enlightenment.
One of the newest waters to hit the market, maple water has a slight maple flavor, but it's so slight you might not even recognize it. It's said to enhance absorption of vitamins and minerals and contain 50 different disease-fighting phytoneutrients, but these claims aren't yet backed up by science.