Sunday, July 19, 2009

Purely Water - Summit Spring

Have you noticed that most bottled water comes with a nutrition label? But if it’s just water, why does it need one? If it has a nutrition label, it means it has undergone processing, additives, or worse, tainting the purity and quality of your drinking water.

On the other hand, pure spring water doesn’t need a label. But where can you find such a product?

Answer: Summit Spring.

Since the 1800s, this natural spring has been providing clean, chemical-free water. Located in Cumberland County, Maine, at 750 feet above sea level (near the highest point in Cumberland County and almost 350 feet higher than the surrounding terrain), this spring produces some of the purest natural water on the planet. It’s free-flowing, bubbling from the earth with a natural purity only found with Mother Nature’s processing.

Bryan Pullen, President of Summit Spring, gives us some clear facts on bottled water: “Some bottled water comes from natural spring sources, and some bottled water comes from municipal sources like tap water. Some may also come from wells; artesian or non-artesian. It is therefore very important to carefully read the label of the bottle to determine its source.”

So what exactly are the labels indicating on bottled water? If you’re like me, you may have thought the additives signify purification. But Bryan says different: “Usually the additives are to give the water some flavour because the water has been heavily treated and everything has been removed, including beneficial minerals, which also give water its flavour. Without adding back things like calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc., no one would drink the water because it would taste terrible.”

When you try Summit Spring bottled water, you’ll notice there are no nutrition labels present. Bryan tells us the reason for this is that “when you bottle a natural product like water in its natural form without treatment and without adding anything to it, it doesn’t require a nutrition label. There are very narrow exemption criteria set by the FDA labelling standards which allow us to not attach a nutrition label. We qualify for this exemption.”

Summit Spring water is purely natural. How? Bryan tells us, “Our water is different because it is from a single age-old natural spring source, bubbles to the surface naturally, and is gravity-fed to a bottling facility right next door. It is bottled as it comes from the ground without treatment and is therefore blessed with a perfect balance of nutrients and purified by Mother Nature. We do not treat the water or add anything to it, and this is the primary reason our water is not required to have a nutrition label on the bottle (one of a precious few). Bryan goes on to say, “Almost all natural ground water is pure as it exits the ground. Surface water supplies (lakes, rivers and streams) are prone to contamination by man’s influence on this earth. We continually test our water to provide assurance of quality.”

Bryan finishes by reminding us, “Especially in children, during the developmental years, it is imperative for them to consume and ingest healthy products. Even small amounts of modern contaminants can have very bad results. Water is the most essential ingredient to human existence, after air. You drink water in one form or another all day, every day. The water you drink becomes your blood in a very short period of time. Anything in that water goes along for the ride as well. Pure, natural spring water will go a long ways towards maintaining good health and well-being. The younger you realize the benefits of proper hydration, the better off you will be. One of the most difficult things to deal with in pre-teen years is acne. Proper hydration will minimize or eliminate these issues. Beautiful skin and a healthy body start from the inside.”

So the next time you reach for a bottle of water remember, “Just because there is a mountain on the label does not mean it comes from a spring.” Make the healthier choice—make it a Summit Spring.

For more information on Summit Spring, check out their website at

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