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EcoWai is bottled at source at the world famous Blue Spring, Putaruru. The catchment from which water feeds the spring is the Mamakau Plateau in the isolated Central North Island of New Zealand. EcoWai is a relatively soft water, naturally rich in silica, the beauty element ... more

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Bottled Water Guide
There is much confusion in consumers’ minds when it comes to bottled water. In its simplest form, bottled water can be any water in a bottle (plastic, glass or even can). This can include rain water, glacial or iceberg water, natural spring water, filtered water, distilled water, purified water and in come cases even tap water. As a specialist online water store, we only sell bottled mineral and spring waters (and occasionally iceberg water) from reputable and accredited sources. So what is the distinction between mineral and spring water.
Mineral and Spring Water
An early distinction between waters rich in health giving minerals, often considered medicinal, and low mineral waters drunk predominantly for their freshness and hydrating properties gave rise to the terms ‘mineral water’ and ‘spring water’. The former were frequently from geothermal sources, often associated with spas, highly mineralized and in many instances naturally carbonated. Waters in this category include naturally carbonated Vichy Catalan from Spain and Gerolsteiner from Germany. Lower mineral spring water examples include Evian and Acqua Panna. Mineral and spring waters must display consistency in mineral content and other defining characteristics over time.
Mineral Composition
Elements most commonly occuring in mineral waters include:
Bicarbonate, or hydrogencarbonate (HCO3), stimulates digestion and helps to maintain acid balance in the stomach. It is also found in the blood and is essential for maintaining homeostasis.
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Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and is essential for strong bones and teeth and for the maintenance of healthy gums. It is also important for muscle contraction, nerve activity, beating of the heart, hormone release, blood clotting, energy production and proper immune system function. Requirements are greatest during periods of growth, such as childhood, during pregnancy and when breast-feeding.
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Chloride (not to be confused with Chlorine) occurs naturally in the body as a chloride compound with either sodium or potassium. Our dietary supply of chloride is largely in the form of sodium chloride (NaCl), commonly known as salt. Chloride stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid required for good digestion, helps the liver to metabolise wastes, and regulates the body’s acid-alkaline and fluid balance.
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Fluorine is present in minute amounts in nearly every human tissue, but primarily in the teeth and bones. There are two types:
  • Sodium fluoride, which is commonly added to municipal drinking water, increases the density of bone but also the brittleness. The sodium fluoride added to our water supply is a bi-product of aluminium; an industrial waste that is toxic and difficult to digest. Although it is commonly added to water as a “public service” to prevent tooth decay in children, controversy has surrounded this practice as large amounts of fluoride can weaken the immune system and may cause heart disease, genetic damage and cancers.

  • Calcium fluoride is found in nature and is very different to the sodium fluoride added to drinking water. It increases the deposition of calcium in the bones and teeth, reduces acid formation in the mouth (especially from carbohydrates), increases the elasticity of connective tissue, and reduces the movement of minerals out of tooth enamel.
For more information about the fluoride debate, visit these sites:
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Magnesium is essential for many metabolic processes, especially the correct distribution of sodium, potassium and calcium across the cell membranes. Most of it is stored in the bones. It is often called the anti-stress mineral as it helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function. Magnesium also keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It also plays a role in preventing and managing migraines, PMS, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney stones and diabetes.
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Nitrate is an inorganic compound that occurs under a variety of conditions in the environment, both naturally and synthetically. Unless otherwise specified, nitrate levels usually refer only to the amount of nitrogen present (the oxygen is not measured), and the usual standard is 10 mg/l.
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Potassium is an essential mineral, assisting in muscle contraction and working with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance inside the cell. It is important for a healthy nervous system, regular heart rhythm, and maintaining the alkalinity of body fluids. It also stimulates the kidneys to remove wastes, promotes healthy skin, helps to send oxygen to the brain for clear thinking, and helps prevent strokes.
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Silicon is the second most abundant mineral on the planet after oxygen, and is most commonly found combined with other minerals as silicates. In water it is found in solution as silicic acid. Silica is one of nature’s natural cleansing agents, and is important for healthy hair and skin, nails and eyes. It is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, for calcium absorption, flexible arteries and cardiovascular health. It is also claimed to counteract the effects of aluminum in the body, stimulate the immune system, inhibit premature aging, and help prevent Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. Waters rich in Silica(mg/L) include: Fiji (85), Vichy Catalan (77), Malavella (77), Otakiri Reserve (76), Pure NZ (73) and Puit St Georges (38).
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Sodium is an essential mineral which along with potassium helps to regulate the body's water balance and blood pressure. It is important for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles, and maintaining blood pH. A proper balance of potassium and sodium is necessary for good health. Diuretics, often taken for high blood pressure and by the elderly, can cause sodium deficiency. However, most people consume too much sodium in their diet, and typically require more potassium to avoid an imbalance.
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Sulphur (S) is found in all body tissues. It is often called nature’s beauty mineral because it is prevalent in keratin, a tough protein substance in hair, nails and skin. It is also involved in the synthesis of collagen, the principal protein which gives the skin structural integrity. It helps the body to resist bacteria, protects against toxic substances such as radiation and pollution, and helps slow the ageing process.
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Total Dissolved Solids
Total dissolved solids (TDS) indicate the amount of dissolved minerals and other “soluble matter” contained in one litre of water. Only water sourced from an underground, water-bearing strata (as defined in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code), with natural minerals, may be labelled as a natural mineral or spring water. No minerals may be added to the water. The actual definition varies between countries, but most require strict quality controls on both the source and treatment processes and these usually ensure the original natural state of the source water is not modified.
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‘Wellsprings - A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters’, as the name suggests is the authoritative work on the history of bottled spring water in the US. The book examines every aspect from geology and hydrology of springs, chemistry of waters, evolution of the bottle and microbiology of bottled water. It also touches on law, ethics and marketing principals of the bottled water industry. A must read for aspiring spring owners! ... more

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Badoit Acqua Panna
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Gerolsteiner Sprudel FIJI Water
Pure NZ Perrier
Vichy Catalan
Font D'or ararimu
Magnesia Water Mattoni
San Pellegrino Deep Origin
Santa Vittoria Traditional Source Puit Saint Georges
Waiwera Infinity Te Waihou Reserve
Otakiri 932 UNZ