It is important to have realistic information on what is in your water. The reality is that the issue is too complex to boil down to something being always bad or always good. That is why we continue to look into the issues surrounding minerals in different types of water.
The added minerals in bottled water, actually normally exist naturally in tap and well water, and they are added simply to more accurately represent what real water is. These include potassium, salt, calcium and magnesium. These are all helpful as long as you keep to dietary guidelines, but completely unregulated, hard water can provide far more than needed. However, we do need all of these, and huge portions of America experience negative side effects because they do not receive the recommended amount of magnesium or potassium. However there are also negative effects from over-consumption. The reality of magnesium is that 80% of Americans don’t receive enough. This can lead to serious mental health issues, inability to regulate mood especially. However, one of the reasons is that the body has a hard time absorbing it from non-organic sources. But water is a great way to get these needed minerals in your body. As long as it is softened, you won’t experience the negative effects like cardiac issues.
One unique mineral that has had a lot of national buzz recently is fluoride. Fluoride actually exists in some water sources naturally. But the positives and the negatives are honestly not completely cut and dry. Some cities have actually had serious debates as to what to do with the fluoride in the water. Many have removed it, some have compromised by reducing the amount, some done nothing. But the history behind it is long, as it is not a simple issue. It began with it being added into the water supply in the 1950’s to promote dental health. The fluoride in water is of course absorbed orally, of which has less effect than being applied topically directly. Of course, it does rub the teeth shortly, but not nearly as much as directly applying with toothpaste, of which many contain fluoride. There are a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the debate as well, but it would be incorrect to think of these as what is driving those against it. One of these is that it was initially added not for dental health, but for impairing of mental health. The theory goes that the populace was becoming too difficult to control and evading the laws that were being passed. However, there is little evidence, and the case against is reasonably complete without introducing that as evidence. But the main argument is that fluoride has no effect on the look, taste or smell of water, and as such does not effect the direct experience of drinking water. As well, the levels that are in the water are enough to actually prevent tooth decay and cavities. But the issue is that levels slightly higher than what is needed for dental health, is enough to cause intelligence reduction. This effect is actually made far worse when combined with an excess of aluminum, or a deficiency of iodine, meaning that the body has to work extra hard to deal with both of the issues at once. The issue is mainly related to IQ drops, but the addition of this mineral does not lead to cancer, based on most studies. There is some evidence it may contribute very highly slightly to some types of bone cancer, but not by very much.
Did you know there are actual chemicals in your water? Dihydrogen monoxide is in all types of water, and with over consumption leads to throwing up, nausea, excessive urination and more are all common side effects. What is dihydrogen monoxide? Well it is literally H2O, or water. But that is not to say that all things added to water are automatically safe, and also means that everything that is in the water naturally is not automatically safe or helpful. But it does highlight the importance of proper information about what is and isn’t in the water.
Things like reverse osmosis, deionization and filtration remove the toxins, but not always the minerals inside. In fact, if you completely removed all minerals, it would greatly affect the taste. It has been proven in taste tests that low-mineral soft water tastes the best, but if you completely remove all of it by distilling the water, you will normally not get the results you want. Hard water full of contaminants and minerals however is no better than water completely void of heavy minerals. The answer isn’t in the middle, but above distilled and right at soft water. The minerals in hard water, especially in Central Texas, that cause most of the negative effects, are calcium and magnesium. Hard water also has the negative effect of wearing down appliances over time. But by using a no-salt water softener, you can avoid a lot of upkeep and maintenance and actually remove them. So essentially, the water softeners that use salt don’t actually remove anything. What they do is essentially cause it to not absorb into the water. These are the main ones removed, but other commonly removed minerals are iron, sulfur and arsenic. Though those three are not overly common in the average water mineral makeup, however, and are more common in what is commonly sold as “mineral water”.
But that is not to say that there is never serious contaminant minerals that exist naturally in water. In fact, there are a number of chemicals regularly tested for to make sure the water is drinkable. These include cyanide, mercury and chromium. So while there are some serious issues minerals, that is not the only thing commonly tested for. Alkalinity, temperature, odor, color, pH, and water hardness are all tested. However, these are commonly tested infrequently, meaning that a residential or commercial set of systems to deal with it means avoiding any long-term issues. These issues will usually not be detected by public authorities for a long-amount of time. Included is actually lead and aluminum, which can come from pipes. This is part of what happened in Flint, Michigan. While obviously the filters will not remove all of it, it would undoubtedly reduce the amount of dangerous minerals greatly. Minerals, AKA inorganic chemicals, are not inherently dangerous or helpful. It all depends on the amount. The dosage makes the poison and the dosage makes the medicine. This is why the regulations list each one specifically, and lays out the amount allowed.
Since science has allowed human beings to study even the simplest of things, an emphasis has been placed on the sufficient consumption of water. Not drinking enough water can carry a multitude of consequences that result from dehydration. Some of the consequences are truly adverse and open to door to treatments far more complicated and expensive than chugging an ice cold glass of the fluid of life. While the benefits of drinking H20 are endless, some of them are too good to pass up.
As the importance of maintaining a healthy weight becomes public knowledge, so does the importance of water into the weight-loss equation. Studies have shown that those who consume at least two glasses of water before each meal over the course of three months lose four more pounds than those who do not drink water regularly. Water fills you up and prevents you from overeating. It also speeds up your metabolism. Experts recommend consuming four cups of water for every fifty pounds of weight.
Tolerance to Weather
Part of the reason people feel animosity towards the heat is a result of becoming more dehydrated when being exposed to it. Basically, you want to enjoy summer activities, but the temperatures keep you in the AC. Adequate H2O consumption replaces fluids that humans lose when they sweat. Replacing these fluids improves heat tolerances and makes outdoor activities more bearable.
Promotes Healthy Digestion
Water is a colon cleansing, healthy digestion promoting guru. Water increases the metabolic rate of the body and stimulates the circulation of nutrients and vitamins within the body. This circulation encourages the excretion of toxins found in the digestive tract as well. Using a salt-free water softener greatly contributes to this process by avoiding harmful or unnecessary minerals from entering the body during water consumption altogether. A healthy digestive tract does everything from maintaining a healthy weight and combating cancer and other illnesses, to balancing hormone levels and reducing bloating.
See You Never, Cancer!
Due to the frequency of urination by consuming a lot of water, carcinogens never get the chance to build up in the urinary tract or other vital areas in the body. Research has demonstrated that those with a sufficient water intake are less likely to contract bladder, kidney, breast, and colon cancers.
Your Bones Will Thank You
The cartilage that surrounds bones is roughly eighty-five percent water. Of course, this cartilage protects bones and joints, and requires sufficient moisture received from water to stay supple and healthy. Stiff joints are less likely when the rubbery material protecting them is well hydrated.
You can Eat it, Too!
Some of the most healthy and delicious foods are made up of mostly water. Regularly eating fruits like apples and pears promotes hydration, and provides the body with vitamins essential in balancing moods, fighting off harmful free radicals, and ensuring healthy bodily processes. The natural sugars and salts found in fruits and vegetables increase the longevity of hydration as well.
Feeling motivated to drink more water?? If you’re looking for salt-free water softening solutions or water treatments options in the Central Texas area, be sure to give Clear Water of San Marcos a call to discuss your needs and learn how softer water can benefit you & your family!