Studies have shown that the healthiest kind of bottled water is mineral water and drinking this water each day can help you enhance your overall health and well-being.
In July of 2014, In 2014, Matthew Boesler reported for Business Insider that the results from the University of Michigan’s July consumer confidence survey indicated that “at an average cost of $1.22 per gallon,” consumers were spending “300 times the cost of tap water to drink bottled water.” In sheer volume, Americans are the biggest consumers of bottled water on the planet.
As Gabriela Vatu wrote August 8, 2016 for Insider Monkey, “the best water to drink is clean, pure and full of naturally occurring minerals.”
While it’s probably not surprising that all of the brands that made it on her top 10 healthiest brands of water are bottled from natural mineral springs around the world, what would you say if I told you there was a Bed and Breakfast in Lawrenceville, Virginia where mineral spring water flowed from every faucet and showerhead on the property like manna from heaven?
Built in 1785, the Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast has had many owners and purposes. But throughout its 200 plus year history, it has always been known for the medicinal benefits of the mineral springs that flow beneath the 29-acre property.
"In the 1820's and 1830's, Col. Adison Powell owned the property and promoted it as a resort that was famous for its healthful waters," the website explains. "On the property are two springs that are reputed to have beneficial medicinal value."
Today, that water is piped through every faucet and showerhead. Even the toilets flush with mineral water!
According to the New Health Guide, “mineral water is able to do so much good because it contains essential minerals such
as iron, calcium and magnesium. Even better, mineral water, unlike tap water, will be free of added chemicals as well as preservative-free and completely natural.
Among the many benefits, consuming natural mineral water improves bone health, lowers blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol, aids in digestion, improves muscle performance, maintains electrolyte balance, reduces kidney stone risk and improves your skin.
While studies have shown that drinking mineral water is beneficial for the body, are there equal benefits from just soaking in it?
Well, as Susan Hartler explained for Hotel Business Review, “when you consider that the word Spa is an acronym for the Latin phrase, 'salus per aquae' or 'health through water,' it's easy to see how soaking in naturally occurring hot springs can benefit everyone in today's stressful world."
So, what are the benefits of soaking in mineral water? Well, that all depends on which minerals are in the water.
The most common dissolved minerals and gases include calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, silicon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide (Sulphur) and even arsenic.
Sodium-calcium-chloride helps make the skin feel youthful; a calcium-magnesium bath helps reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms. Potassium treats many skin infections, including eczema, canker sores, dermatitis and acne.
Silicon-dioxide promotes strong, shiny hair as well as healthy nails and youthful, elastic skin.
“Another amazing benefit of silica is its ability to reduce aluminum absorption,” Liivi Hess noted for The Healthy Alternative Daily. “Aluminum is toxic to the human body, especially the brain, causing impaired cognitive function and even Alzheimer’s. In animal studies, silicon was found to prevent the accumulation of aluminum in the brain and prevent neurological disorders.”
Bicarbonate and carbon dioxide gases are thought to increase blood circulation by opening up the blood vessels, and treat hypertension and hardening of the arteries. Increased blood circulation means that more oxygen is delivered to the cells improving their performance.
One of the most noted benefits of soaking in hot mineral water is stress relief. Seriously, who doesn’t relax immediately as they sink down into a tub of hot water, mineral or not? And the health benefits found in relaxation, from improved sleeping patterns and nutrient assimilation to creating healthy digestive tracts, are equally as important as treating sore muscles and joints.
“Generally spring water is warm, even hot featuring different properties in different regions,” Hartler explained further. “However, the temperature, while relaxing, is not necessarily the characteristic of these spring waters that call forth any healing effects. It's the mineral composition of the springs that really matter.”
So, while drinking it and soaking in it is good for you, are there any benefits to showering in mineral water?
As Anna Pursglove reported for The UK Daily Mail, the secret to shiny hair for many celebrities has been rinsing their freshly shampooed hair with bottled mineral spring water.
Of course, at “300 times the cost of tap water,” that can be rather expensive.
But… what would you say if I told you there was a Bed and Breakfast in Lawrenceville, Virginia where mineral spring water flowed from every faucet and showerhead on the property like mana from heaven?