October 18, 2016 | Posted in:Health Benefits
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.