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What is the difference between natural mineral water and other types of water?

For a mineral water to be called ’natural mineral water’, it must contain at least 1000 mg dissolved solid substances or 250 mg carbonic acid per litre, and/or a scientist must confirm nutrition-physiological positive effects due to the composition of the water. In addition, it must meet the food codex regulations which conform to EU standards, relating to micro-biological and chemical purity, as well as strong geological and physical requirements.

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What is „flavoured“ mineral water?

„Flavoured“ mineral water is made of natural aromatic substances (destillates from fruits). Flavours are available in lemon, orange and peach. Some bottling plants add lemon or orange juice to the mineral water which results in a clouding of the drink.

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What is meant by spring water, table water or healing water?

Spring water is a natural water which, by its origin, does not have to be pure or have nutrition-physiological effects.
Table water is an industrially manufactured mixture which contains several types of water as well as certain permissive additives.
Natural healing water has effects which can contribute to the healing of an illness. It gives relief and has a preventative effect.

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When and how much water should a person drink?

Instinctively, inhabitants of earth feel connected to the element of water. Water equals life, growth and well-being. A water molecule which is approximately 10,000 times smaller than a millimetre, makes up 60% of the human body (even more for children) and is fundamental for health. During a life time, the body takes up approximately 42,000 litres of water. From this amount, about 25,000 litres of urine –containing secretion molecules of metabolism and other unhealthy substances which we take in unconsciously via food or breathing (xenobiotic substances) - are passed through the kidneys.

There are tworeasons why we should drink 1 to 1 ½ litres of water daily (about another litre is taken in by other food): firstly, to stimulate the kidney function, and secondly, to cover our need for minerals. The recommended calculation during a diet is one millilitre of water (for children: 1.5 ml water) per calorie.

It is recommended that a person drinks at least 1.5 litre per day. Adults have a daily fluid turn-over of approximately 2.5 litres which is half and half compensated for by solid food and drinks. In the case of increased exercise (e.g. sports, work) or during the summer, the fluid deficiency could represent 2 to 4 litres per day.

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What type of water should we drink?

We can drink every type of water – even tap water. However, a health conscious person will consider the following factors. Tap water comes from lakes or rivers and is often dirty due to canalisation, sour rain, herbicides, rubbish, exhaust fumes etc. Treating water with chlorine or other derivates results in unpleasant organoleptic characteristics. If the water is taken from soil with dull waters and, therefore, rich in lignin, it is possible that carcinogenic substances may be formed.

To adapt drinking water to the legal requirements, authorities must amend their guide lines constantly, as atrazine, bencatol, cyanide, lead, trichlorine-ethylene, six-part chrome, nitrate etc. are on the increase. Symptoms of mineral deficiency in the human body – in particular magnesium – are often traced back to agricultural treatment with a fertilizer which contains only one component, or the processing and deep-reezing of food, as well as diets in general.

The intake of a specially formulated water can put these symptoms right. One more reason to drink mineral water and not tap water... In general, all types of drinking water contain mineral salts, however, those which have a chemical composition resulting from components such as salts and/or trace elements (chemical substances which, as a minimum quantity, are necessary for the body) may be described as mineral waters. In Italy, there are currently 259 types of mineral water, with differing characteristics, all of which emerge in a pure state from a spring.

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Mineral water from Innichen.

The natural mineral water called ”Kaiserwasser” has its source 1,323 metres above sea level; the mineral water called ”Lavaredo” 1,320 metres above sea level. The consumer can identify the purity of the water on the labels of these mineral waters which state. In order to maintain the chemical-physical and organoleptic characteristics for 12 months, the water is filled into glass bottles (in plastic bottles allow only 5 to 6 months). The bottles should not be exposed to the sun. In particular, Innichen mineral waters should be enjoyed during the summer months as they are particularly thirst-quenching due to their high content of mineral salts. In Italy, only 62 of the 259 types of mineral water avail of a similar content of mineral salts.

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