Mineral waters are a tasty way to get trace minerals. It takes a lot of water to get your minimum daily requirements, usually about 2 liters (8 cups) of mineral a day, and no brand has all the trace minerals your body needs, but mineral waters support good nutrition. You can even apply mineral waters directly to your skin for nourishment for your pores.
Different sources of mineral water have different trace minerals. Here is a listing of famous mineral springs and their predominant minerals.
• Arsenic (in non-toxic amounts) is found in La Bourboul, Harbin Hot Springs, and St. Honoré-les-Bains.
• Boron is found in Néris-les-Bains.
• Bromine (in the form of bromide) is found in Gréoux-les-Bains, but you should avoid it, since bromine compounds compete with iodine for entry into the thyroid. Bathing in this water, however, disinfects the skin.
• Copper is found in Castera-Verduzan.
• Iron is found in Harrogate, Marienbad, and St. Christau.
• Fluorides are found in Vichy water. Bathing in this water can relieve skin inflammation but drinking it can cause iodine deficiency.
• Lithium is found in Amnéville, Ostend, Tehuacan in Mexico, and almost all municipal water supplies in extreme western Texas and southwestern New Mexico in the USA.
• Magnesium is found in some varieties of Nestlé bottled mineral waters.
• Manganese is found in Uriage.
• Selenium is found in La Roche Posay. A cosmetics manufacturer of the same name makes facial waters containing selenium for direct application to the skin.
• Silica is found in Desert Hot Springs and La Preste.
• Zinc is found in Uriage.
If you are a citizen of Norway or certain countries in the EU, and you suffered a deficiency of one of these elements, it's possible your national health insurance would pay for you take a trip to the hot springs that provides these minerals for a two-week spa vacation. If you are not, you may be able to buy bottled waters from these springs. They are useful for natural mineral supplementation. But you don't have to get your supplemental minerals from either colloidal minerals or mineral waters.