June 5, 2016 | Posted in:Health Benefits

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.

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