Posted on 18 Jun 2024

What Water Should You Drink from FitFarms Weight Loss Retreat

Tap, Filtered or Mineral?

Weight Loss Retreat Water

We’re flooded with information about what water we should and shouldn’t drink, what it can do to our body and the tones of diverse advice out there. So, what is the best water to drink and what water should you avoid?

Tap water is by far the most common water drank in the UK, but why do some people drink filtered, mineral or distilled water instead? Although, we do know UK drinking water is currently safe across the nation, with regular checks it is safe to consume along with strict regulations in place. However, there are reasons people may opt to bottles or filtering there tap water.

Microplastics are found in 72% of UK tap water. Chlorine and limescale are also definitely in all UK water supply, along with a high chance of fluoride and lead. So although there are minimal immediate health effects from these few chemicals, do we really want them entering our body? Some scientists are growing increasingly worried that these chemicals are rising in our tap water and growing too high. For more information on the scientific worries of the UK water supply have a read of Leana Hosea and Rachel Salvidge article on BBC News.

Which explains why lots of UK residents have started drinking filtered water in the past couple decades. Filtered water clears any contamination in the water before drinking. Removing impurities and even improving the taste of the water. Lots of people report of smelling and tasting chemicals in tap water, and seeing a significant difference with filtered water.

How about mineral water? Mineral water is clear of harmful chemicals, unlike tap water, it doesn’t go through chemical processing. Mineral water comes from underground reservoir, containing high levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium and many other minerals which have been shown to bring possible health benefits.

Overall, there isn’t a straight forward answer. Within the UK, tape water is regulated frequently, but still may contain microplastics and other chemicals which haven’t got a lot of research on the long term effects of consuming high amounts. At the same time, microplastics are in near to everything now a days and hard to avoid. So it really comes down to preference and how cautious you want to be.

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