What Is Live Water (Living Water) & Is It Good for You?

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Curious to learn more about what water types are classed as “live water”? Or wondering how to produce live water at home?

We’ve shared everything you should know in this guide.

πŸ“Œ Key Takeaways:

  • Live water is a type of water that has a concentration of minerals or ions, whether naturally present or artificially enhanced.
  • Types of live water include spring water, well water, ionized water, glacier water, alkalized water, and mineralized water.
  • You can produce living water at home with an alkaline water filter, a water ionizer, or mineral drops.

🚰 What Is Live Or Living Water?

Live water, also called living water, is a type of water that contains beneficial minerals, salts, and other ions.

Technically, all water sources (aside from those that have been specifically treated to have all their ions removed) are classed as “living” water.

However, a few water treatment brands have produced systems that alkalize and ionize water, turning it into “live water”. This essentially gives water the opposite status to “dead water” – rather than being virtually mineral-free, it’s rich (much richer than normal tap water) in minerals and other healthy ions.

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πŸ”Ž Types Of Live Water

There are several types of live water. Many live water sources are naturally so, meaning that they’re naturally high in minerals. Other living waters have been artificially enhanced with water treatment systems that increase their mineral or ion concentrations.

Some of the types of water that we class as live water are:

  • Municipal tap water
  • Fresh spring water
  • Well water
  • Ionized water
  • Alkaline water
  • Glacier water
  • Mineralized water

βœ… What Are The Benefits Of Live Water?

Assuming that living water contains minerals, while dead water does not, there are some obvious benefits to this water type:

Improved Hydration

Living water tastes better than dead water thanks to its healthy mineral content. If you prefer the taste of alkaline water (such as spring water) as opposed to purified water (like RO water), you’ll be more inclined to drink living water.

There are obvious health benefits when you drink plenty of water. You’ll stay better hydrated, which means:

  • Your energy levels will be higher
  • You’ll be equipped to better regulate your body temperature
  • Your joints will stay lubricated
  • You’re at a reduced risk of infection
  • Your organs will function properly

Ultimately, staying hydrated is essential to optimal health, and if drinking living water will help you to drink more water to achieve this, it can only be beneficial to you.

Woman drinking live water

Healthy Mineral Content

Living water contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other minerals that our bodies need to function.

While we should get plenty of these minerals from vegetables, nuts, dairy, and other foods in a balanced diet, it’s helpful to drink water containing trace minerals, too.

Some of the health benefits of drinking living water with a high mineral content are:

  • Supports healthy bones and muscles
  • Helps protect against high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Improves sleep
  • Maintains normal level of fluids inside cells

Even if you enjoy a healthy, balanced diet packed with vitamins and minerals, there can only be good things from drinking even more minerals in your water.

May Benefit People With Acid Reflux

Limited studies have found that alkaline water (of which living water is usually classed) has several benefits for people with GERD and acid reflux.

Compared to acidic water, alkaline water is said to reduce symptoms of heartburn, and some sources even suggest that alkaline water neutralizes stomach acid.

There is still room for research on this subject, but what we know so far is promising.

⛔️ What Are The Possible Setbacks Of Live Water?

In the name of a fair argument, we also need to look at the possible setbacks of live water.

Doesn’t Guarantee Quality Water

For a start, just because water is classed as “living water”, it doesn’t mean that the water is clean or even safe enough to drink.

Spring water is considered a living water source because it’s rich in minerals from the rocks it has traveled through underground, but it’s not necessarily free from harmful contaminants. Drinking untreated water is a bad idea, and any raw water source could contain dangerous bacteria that might make you sick.

Your priority should always be to drink treated water that’s safe and meets national drinking water standards. If you wish, you can further treat your water to make it more alkaline or increase its mineral content at home, and consider removing other common tap water contaminants like chlorine while you’re at it.

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Whether you’re buying bottled water that’s classed as living water (like bottled spring water, for example) or you’re making your own living water at home, it’s extra water you’ll have to spend on a process that isn’t exactly necessary.

Yes, tap water is technically living water because it has a natural (albeit rather low) mineral content, but if you want to drink mineral-rich water for good health, you’ll either need to buy it in bottled form or buy a water treatment system that will mineralize or ionize your water at home.

To get the best value for money, we recommend looking for a water treatment system that also removes contaminants, so you can also enjoy the undisputable benefits of cleaner filtered water with a mineral boost.

πŸ“€ How To Produce Live Water At Home

As we mentioned earlier in this guide, the majority of water sources, including the drinking water that’s delivered to our homes, are already considered to be live water because of their natural minerals and ions content.

However, if you want to increase your water’s mineral content or ionize your water supply for the possible health benefits, there are a few different methods to do this.

Alkalizing Water Filters

An affordable, convenient way to produce live water at home is with an alkaline water filter.

You can buy an alkalizing water filter pitcher for less than $100 from a top manufacturer. These pitchers offer two benefits in one: they remove contaminants like heavy metals and chemicals, while introducing healthy minerals like selenium and calcium with a mineral-boosting media.

Alkalizing water filters help to produce live water because they increase water’s mineral content, but they usually only add two or three minerals to water, so they’re not an extremely comprehensive solution.

Still, if you want to drink filtered water that has the health benefits of extra minerals, the perks of alkalizing water filters are fairly obvious.

Water Ionizers

Water ionizers are countertop units that use electrolysis to treat drinking water, raising its pH and alkalinity. Some water ionizers allow you to adjust the alkalinity of your output water and add antioxidants to the treated water.

You can even find water ionizers with built-in filters, so you get the benefits of filtered water as well as a higher pH and antioxidant content.

Ionized, alkalized water is a type of live water because it has a concentrated quantity of minerals and ions

Continue Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Best Water Ionizers

Alkaline water from water ionizer

Mineral Drops

Another way to obtain alkaline water at home – and therefore give it the properties of live water – is to use mineral drops.

Mineral drops are clear liquid supplements that you add in small amounts to your drinking water. These are considered a dietary supplement and serve the same purpose as multivitamins or essential trace minerals in tablet form, but they also have the advantage of giving your water the appealing live water properties, including a more alkaline pH and the health benefits of additional minerals.

To use mineral drops, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to add a measured amount to a glass of tap water.

Mineral drops may consist of magnesium, chloride, calcium, sodium, sulfate, and other mineral ions, depending on the product you buy. Some mineral drops are designed to give your normal drinking water a boost, while some are specifically designed to be used to improve the properties of dead water (like reverse osmosis water or distilled water).

Related: Exploring the Distinct Characteristics of Live Water vs Dead Water

πŸ“‘ Final Word

So, now you know about living water, you might be wondering – do we recommend drinking tap water that has been treated to boost its alkalinity or mineral status?

We say there’s nothing wrong with doing so if you prefer the taste of living water or you want to get a few more minerals in your water. But it’s certainly not true that living water is superior to other water types just because of its mineral content (it could still, for instance, be contaminated with nasties). Don’t let certain water filter brands make you believe that drinking normal tap water is now somehow not enough.

If you truly care about your health, your priority should be to reduce the trace contaminants in your water supply. Anything beyond that is just a bonus.


Is it safe to drink live water?

Yes, when live water is used to refer to water that’s rich in minerals, this water is safe to drink. The exception is if you’re considering drinking from a raw water source. Just because this water is mineral-rich, that doesn’t mean it’s contaminant-free. Raw water could contain bacteria, pollutants, and other contaminants that need to be removed with treatment.

Where does alive water come from?

Alive water comes from pretty much all water sources, including surface waters (rivers, lakes, streams, etc.) and groundwater (wells, springs, etc.). Water that’s rich in minerals is classed as living water, so it doesn’t matter where it comes from as long as it meets this agenda.

What are the differences between water and living water?

Living water has often been ionized or alkalized to boost its concentration of ionized minerals. Normal water may still technically be classed as living water if it’s naturally rich in minerals, but it’s not usually as mineral-rich as water that has been specifically treated for this purpose.

  • Laura Shallcross
    Senior Editor

    Laura is a passionate residential water treatment journalist who holds an undergraduate degree in Print Journalism and a master’s degree in Creative Writing. Over a span of 5 years she's written on a range of topics including water softening, well water treatment, and purification processes.

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