Is all water the same? The answer is, no. Drinking water comes in all forms from distilled, purified, artesian, well, and spring. It may be confusing, but there are actually major differences between these two most common types: distilled and natural water ("natural water" is the term we'll use to reference all naturally processed waters such as artesian, spring, and deep well water).
Every body needs water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and the bones are 31%. Our bodies are mostly comprised of water!
So with this in mind, wouldn't we want to give our bodies the best, most healing and hydrating water we possibly could? We think so... and that's why knowing the differences between water "types" is important. Cue distilled and natural...
The main difference between natural water and distilled water is that natural water (whether its well, spring, or artesian) contains lots of minerals. This is thanks to its natural source, an underground aquifer! Distilled water, on the other hand, can come from an aquifer, or more than likely, tap.
Bottling companies filter water to remove any dirt and debris, leaving behind pure, but mineral-free water. Distilled differs in the way that it is prepared and processed. Distilled water is first boiled until it turns into vapor, then forced back into a liquid. The downside is that this process removes everything except hydrogen and oxygen -- all the minerals are gone.
Studies have shown that the lack of minerals in distilled water can actually cause you to lose the minerals already stored in your body. When you drink distilled water, it can pull the minerals from your body tissue to balance your electrolyte levels, and can ultimately be very dangerous.1
Lastly, the taste between natural and distilled water is dramatically different. Distilled water is said to have almost no taste thanks to its purification process. Some people like this, others don't.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is natural, volcanic water that is sourced from a deep aquifer and is not purified, distilled, or heavily filtered. Our water originates on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, filters through thousands of feet of porous, volcanic rock, giving it its mineral-rich content. Along with Waiakea's mineral content, it is also naturally alkaline and comes from one of the purest environments on Earth. It's said that Waiakea has a dramatically different taste in comparison to other brands of distilled and purified water. Check it out for yourself here.