- 1) What are the Characteristics of Natural Spring Waters?Spring Waters are underground waters naturally formed in geological units with suitable geological conditions, spontaneously surfacing at one or more points, or being extracted via technical applications, meeting the defined quality and labeling requirements without any processes other than those permitted in the Regulations on Waters Intended for Human Consumption issued by the Ministry of Health, and packed and supplied to the market with the intent of selling.
- 2) What is the Situation of Water Resources in the World?When considered as a problem of humanity; we see that one of the most important challenges of the 21st century is to meet the increasing water requirements of world population in a sufficient and safe manner. Potable water resources in the world are not equally distributed, and water issues differ according to region. Total amount of fresh water globally used in a year is 3.8 billion liters. Approximately 70% of these waters are used agriculturally, 20% are used industrially, and 10% are used domestically. The share of food and beverage industries (including bottled water) in said total fresh water usage is only 0.18%.
- 3) How Many Liters of Water must One Drink as an Average?Water in our body is constantly lost through digestion, sweating and breathing. As a basic principle, the lost water quantity should be absolutely replaced. We should get water as much as at least approximately 1/36 of our body weight within a day. For example, the daily water requirement of a 72 kg (158,73 lbs) person is minimum 2 liters. Even if we assume that a portion of this requirement is met by eating various foods, an adult must drink at least 1.5 lt of water daily. This is the minimum amount recommended by nutritionists for adults.
- 4) What does Water Hardness mean?Hard water is normally the most common problem in houses. Hard waters have 1 GPG hardness minerals over 1 GPG. Most common hardness minerals are calcium, manganese and magnesium. French hardness (Fr) or mg/lt CaCO3 are commonly used units in hardness classification in Turkey. Water hardness is used for defining its ion concentration. 1 Fr degree equals to the hardness of 10 mg/lt CaCO3. If your water is over 10 Fr, it must absolutely be softened.
- 5) Under Which Conditions Should Bottled Water Be Stored?Water must be stored in cool and dry environments, away from sunlight. Smelly substances, which might affect the water and its packaging materials, should not be kept around.
- 6) What are the Differences between Bottled Natural Spring Water and Tap Water?Natural spring water is not processed while processed potable water may be treated by various processes as it can be understood from its name.
ABOUT MINERAL WATER
- 1) Is it Harmful for Children to Drink Mineral Water?Mineral water has no known harmful effects; on the contrary, it has countless benefits for our body. Children require minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, fluoride more than adults. The best way to meet this requirement is to consume plenty of milk and natural water. The calcium and fluoride in mineral water are extremely beneficial for the development of the bone structure, and oral and dental health, respectively.
- 2) Is There a Connection between Regular Mineral Water Consumption and Certain Diseases?
An abundant mineral in mineral waters, magnesium is one of the most common cations in cells after potassium. Membrane is effective in many biological incidents inside the cell and the cell core, and provides for the transmission of electrical stimulations in muscles and nerves. It is related in many ways to cardiovascular diseases. Lack of magnesium is seen in people who have infarcts. Fat and calcium accumulation in veins, which cause arteriosclerosis, is also caused by lack of magnesium. Sodium is the most abundant element in bodily fluids and provides for the regulation of liquid balance by liquid distribution. Also, among its most important duties are the acid-base balancing and conveyance of nerve stimulations.
Calcium is the most abundant element in our body. It helps to regulate bone structure, muscle contractions, convey nerve stimulations, exchange ions in cell membranes, secrete hormones, digestion enzymes and neurotransmitters. It prevents age-related bone losses and fractures. Calcium is only found in milk and natural water. Because it does not contain calories and cholesterol, mineral water is the best alternative for milk in terms of calcium.
With their natural balances mineral water; bicarbonates, magnesium, citrates, sodium, fluorine and calcium are very effective during the course of urologic diseases, and particularly after their surgeries. The easiest, most practical and natural way of preventing recurrence of kidney stones is to plentifully consume such liquids.
Bicarbonate waters neutralize stomach acidity through their alkali structures, and due to this feature, they play an important role in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease. Again, they have symptom-mitigating effects on functional gastric and intestinal diseases.
Waters with calcium and magnesium reduce intestine molarity, and are effective in preventing stress-induced complaints such as diarrhea. Sulfate waters increase bile secretions and flows.
Calcium-rich natural mineral waters are an important option in providing a sufficient amount of calcium support for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for women during menopausal periods and for elderly men.
- 3) How Much Mineral Water Can We Consume per Day?Rich minerals in natural waters help the functioning of vitamins in our bodies. Due to their rich minerals such as calcium and fluoride; children, women and the elderly need to drink more mineral water. Experts recommend around minimum 2 liters of water and “healthy liquids” such as mineral water per day.
- 4) Can Mineral Water Be Consumed During Pregnancy?Pregnancy is a period during which nutrition must be especially taken into consideration. The human body requires more than normal food, liquids, minerals and vitamins to feed and develop the baby. To provide such contribution naturally, regular mineral water consumption is recommended during pregnancy.
- 5) Is Mineral Water “Acidic”?The thing actually meant while commonly defining the beverages as “acidic” is the “carbon dioxide” gas inside the drink. Because carbon dioxide gas temporarily numbs the taste buds when contacting our tongue, it makes the drinking easier. A special carbon dioxide gas, which is produced with very special processes, is used for producing 99,99% pure food.
- 6) Does Mineral Water Cause Kidney Stones?The main reason for the formation of kidney stones is insufficient liquid consumption. In other words, people who do not consume sufficient and regular amounts of water and mineral water will quickly have kidney stones. Consumption of mineral water is not recommended for people who are in this situation with stones in their kidneys but it is essential to regularly and sufficiently consume water and mineral water for protecting our body from such factors.
- 7) Is Mineral Water Spoiled After the Date of Expiry?Mineral Water is Never Spoiled if the Cap is not Opened. The only reason for labeling products with expiries is the leaking and decreasing of the carbon dioxide gas from the cap and the package after a certain time upon the filling.
- 8) What is the Difference between Mineral Water and Soda Water?Mineral Water surfaces from underground to the above with all of its naturally contained minerals and carbon dioxide gas and is completely “natural”. Soda is a completely “artificial” beverage produced by adding carbon dioxide to water and water-based beverages during production.