Most of us have a basic understanding of how an ion exchange water softener works. We may understand that a water filtration system can remove contaminants, such as sulfur, lead, chlorine, and others, that can lower the quality of our drinking water. But, certain minerals are actually beneficial to our health, and we need to ensure that we get enough to stay fit and healthy. In this article, we will take a look at three minerals that we need and explain why water filtration and softening will not keep them out of a healthy diet.
What is a “Healthy Mineral”?
Before we begin, let’s take a moment to explain what a health mineral is. A mineral is an inorganic material that is typically found in rock formations and soil deposits. Most minerals have no effect on the human body. Some, like arsenic or lead, may be harmful, and others, including the three shown below, have significant health benefits in moderate quantities. Water is an effective solvent, and as it passes through materials, it can take on its properties. On its way to our homes, water passes through layers of rock and soil, and this is where it picks up the mineral content.
Calcium is essential to support the nervous and muscular systems. Without sufficient quantities of calcium, bone density is depleted, leading to a weakened bone structure. Calcium is also important to develop and maintain strong and healthy teeth.
Potassium is closely associated with Sodium (salt) intake, and it helps the body to maintain the blood pressure within a healthy range. Potassium also acts as an electrolyte within the body to offset the effects of dehydration.
This mineral works alongside Calcium to keep the levels of that mineral balanced in the body. Magnesium is also important for a number of other bodily functions, including blood coagulation, neurotransmission, and the production of energy.
Removing Minerals with Water Filtration and Softening
Armed with the above information, it would seem crazy to remove minerals from our drinking water. But, water filtration and softening cannot be selective and healthy minerals will be removed alongside unhealthy minerals. But, this is not a problem because the quantities of minerals found in water would be insufficient anyway. The best sources of the minerals that we need are found in our food rather than drinking water. If you drank mineral water, it would help to a certain extent, but eating foods rich in beneficial minerals and taking supplements would be far more effective.
Cleaner and Softer Water
If you install a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system, it will remove up to 99% of contaminants, and in theory, only pure water (H2O) molecules could pass through. It’s a similar story with an ion exchange water softener that can remove high concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and iron that make the water hard. But, the resulting water will be clean, easy to use, and kinder to your plumbing system and water using appliances.
If you’re interested in a water filtration or softening system for your home, contact a local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.