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Every year, on March 22, the World Water Day is observed – a day dedicated to raising and focusing global awareness about the importance of water for our life.
Those to whom drinking water is always available, only realise its importance once they lose it for some reason. For people living without elementary sanitary conditions, shortage of clean, drinking water is an everyday challenge that affects their health, education and everyday life.
Because, water is the main component of all living beings – life could not start or survive without it. Ancient Greek philosopher, Thales of Miletus (615 – 545 BC), when thinking about the creation of earth and the universe, came up with a thesis that water is the origin of life, from which entire nature sprung, while Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC) wrote that water affects the personality. We can conclude that this is true based on all the roles that water has.
Water – origin of life
Water makes up about 55% of the body in women, 60% in men, and about 70% in children.
It ensures the normal functioning of all bodily and cognitive functions, so its adequate consumption is a precondition for a normal mental and physical state.
It is necessary for crucial physiological processes, such as participating in biochemical reactions, transport of substances through the bloodstream, for normal functioning of the digestive tract, providing support for the joints and protection for tissues and organs, and is especially important for maintaining normal thermoregulation. It serves as a solvent, both for nutrients that arrive to cells through circulation, and for toxins that are created by changes in the body.
Water is the most abundant nutrient in our diet – the recommended total daily intake of water from all sources, at moderate air temperature and moderate activity, is 2 L for women and 2.5 L for men. This basic need for water is recommended throughout the year, regardless of the season. It maintains the necessary balance with lost body water through urination, stool, sweating, and breathing. Recommendations can vary depending on age, gender, intensity of physical activity, weather conditions and the health condition of the individual.
Signs of insufficient water intake include dry mouth, feeling thirsty, little or no urination, poor concentration, headache, dizziness, and weakness, so it is useful to recognize them as soon as possible and it’s best to prevent them by taking care of your water intake during the day.
NATURAL MINERAL WATER – FOR VITALITY AND HEALTH
Water springs have always been places where people gathered and settled. Water sources are a natural resource that requires special attention. Why is it so?
Natural mineral waters are naturally pure waters that originate from underground deposits, rock layers or other geological deposits, because they are extracted from sources protected from all risks of pollution.
Natural mineral water is, therefore, naturally pure at its source and does not undergo disinfection treatments such as chlorination. Each is special and unique, and the exact location of the source is marked on the label.
They are expertly assessed from a geological, hydrogeological, chemical, physical, microbiological, and, if necessary, pharmacological, physiological and clinical point of view.
Apart from its natural purity, natural mineral water differs from all other drinking waters in its properties by a certain amount of individual mineral substances, trace elements or other ingredients. Natural mineral waters have a complex chemical composition and contain many ingredients in different concentrations and measures, which depends mostly on the composition of the rocks through which they pass, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, sulphate, chloride, various trace elements and dissolved gases such as carbon dioxide.
Precisely because of its natural purity and specific composition, natural mineral waters show a beneficial effect on health and have long attracted the attention of scientists, experts and the general public.
Benefits of natural mineral water
The beneficial effect of natural mineral water has been known since ancient times when people intentionally went to geothermal springs and beaches. Natural mineral water treatments are among the oldest therapies used in medicine for various conditions and diseases and the analysis of the composition of natural mineral waters in the 19th and early 20th century was one of the foundations in the development of pharmacy.
Today we have the privilege to choose between different types of bottled natural mineral waters and, in that way, improve our diet, according to our own needs and preferences.
Minerals in water are found in ionic form, so they are more absorbed in the digestive tract than from food, where they are bound into complex molecules. Therefore, natural mineral water, in addition to being good for hydrating the body, can be a significant source of essential, vital minerals. Why is that important?
Prolonged life expectancy, modern lifestyle, diet, and insufficient physical activity have led to an increase in chronic non-communicable diseases, especially of the cardiovascular system, diabetes and others, in almost all countries of the world. It is important to note that inadequate nutrition is their common risk factor and it is characterized by all the foods and beverages we consume daily.
It has been shown that a diet that includes water as the dominant beverage is associated with a higher intake of micronutrients, i.e., a better selection of foods with more fruits and vegetables, and a lower intake of energy and sugar. In this regard, it is good to get into the habit of drinking water, including natural minerals, from the earliest childhood.
Water and minerals – functional hydration
Research has shown that some of the minerals found in water are especially important because a large part of the population does not get enough of them in food.
This is especially noticeable with magnesium, where a diet rich in magnesium reduces the risk of diabetes, heart failure, stroke and all-cause mortality. It has also been shown that higher amounts of magnesium in drinking water are significantly associated with a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease.
Therefore, water that naturally contains magnesium can be a significant source of intake of this essential mineral. Even the World Health Organization has emphasized the importance of magnesium from water by following its impact on human health. The effect of “magnesium in water” was noticed several decades ago in Serbia as well, and scientists are still studying it all over the world, so water naturally rich in magnesium is one of the most valued waters.
That is why we toast the World Water Day with natural mineral water, for vitality and health!
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