Life would not exist without drinking water. It is essential for every living thing here on earth. When Americans got concerned about pollutants getting into water reserves and eventually reaching the faucets in our homes many switched to bottled water. Bottled water may taste better than the water out of your tap, but most bottled water contain high levels of nitrates.
Nitrates are fertilizers which are good for plants but not for humans. When we consume them in large quantities, nitrates might be harmful. They are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Because they are found in nature and used in agriculture, nitrates have seeped into the aquifer and they get into our bottled water.
Nitrates are harmful to our health. Excessive levels of nitrate in drinking water can cause serious illness and sometimes death. They are especially harmful for pregnant women and infants. When nitrate is converted to nitrite by the body in infants it can interfere with the oxygen-carrying capacity of the child‘s blood. This can be an acute condition in which the health of the child deteriorates rapidly over a period of days. Symptoms include: shortness of breath and blueness of the skin.
Long-term consumption of high levels of nitrate in drinking water can cause the following diseases: MCL, diuresis, increased starchy deposits and hemorrhaging of the spleen. If we take in too many nitrates they can limit the ability of blood cells to deliver oxygen to vital organs – including the brain. High levels of nitrates can also lead to dysfunction of the circulatory system, thyroid problems, hypertension and even cancer.
Currently, the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of nitrates – which are derived from fertilizer, human sewage and livestock manure that seeps into water supplies is regulated differently in the U.S than select countries of the European Union. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the MCL of nitrates at 10 mg/L to deem drinking water save for adults, pregnant women and infants. The FDA enforces this regulation. In countries like Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, the MCL of nitrates is also set at 10 mg/L, but with specific protective regulations in place requiring that nitrate content is 2.27 mg/L and lower in order to claim it is safe for infant consumption.
If you are concerned about the nitrate level in your drinking water there is a healthier solution. AQUA Carpatica is the world’s only nitrate-free mineral water. This healthier alternative to regular bottled water is currently available in the United States at Sprout’s Farmer’s Market stores. It will be available nationwide starting in May 2016.
What is different about AQUA Carpatica Water Compared to other Bottled Drinking Water?
AQUA Carpatica’s Still Spring Water comes from the Bajenaru aquifer, which is located about 1 km away from the Paltinis aquifer. Due to the zero-sodium content, this natural mineral water is suitable whenever the body is in need of quick hydration and for those on a low-sodium diet or suffering from high blood pressure. The still spring water has a low mineral content and, unlike many other bottled water brands on the market, is Nitrate-Free. Due to this rare purity, AQUA Carpatica is an excellent choice for pregnant women, young children and for use with infant formulas.
AQUA Carpatica’s Naturally Sparkling Mineral Water is sourced from the Paltinis aquifer, where a blanket of metamorphic rocks surrounds and protects a naturally sparkling mineral spring. This water is nitrate-free and naturally sparkling. It is particularly suited for athletes and people with high levels of physical activity. It’s naturally sparkling attributes also help aid digestion.
In a recent test of drinking water out of the tap here in the Chicago area I was pleasantly surprised. Our drinking water has little to no nitrates similar to AQUA Carpatica.
When I tested the water from our go-to brand of bottled water I got similar results.
I concluded that either the test strips provided by AQUA Carpatica don’t work, or bottled water and tap water in the United States is not really as high in Nitrates as AQUA Carpatica claims.
If you are concerned about the levels of nitrates in your drinking water you can purchase AQUA Carpatica, at Sprout’s Farmer’s Market stores and visit AQUACarpatica.com. One lucky Healthy Moms Magazine reader can win a sample of AQUA Carpatica mineral water. All you need to do is like AQUA Carpatica on Facebook and leave us a comment at the end of this article. This contest is open to US residents only 18+ and ends on May 4, 2016 at 9am CST. A winner will be chosen from Random.org out of the comments received and will be notified via e-mail or social media instant message at the end of the contest. No purchase necessary in order to enter.
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*Disclosure: I received a sample of AQUA Carpatica mineral water in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.