I did a quick Google search today. “The best way to get nutrients your body needs.”
The answer: Food.
The nutrients that your body requires and that it can USE should come from the food that you eat. Toss in a multivitamin if you’re coming up short.
I love food so I’m set…
You might be wondering why, on a water treatment blog, I would bring up a topic generally reserved for cooking, health or fitness blogs.
Let me explain. Most of the people who come to us are looking for a way to get good, clean drinking water at home or at work. However, some come with the idea that they DO NOT want water processed through Reverse Osmosis – it removes too much from the water and will make them less healthy. For some, this is a legitimate medical concern. This would be something to discuss with your doctor. For most, it shouldn’t be an issue.
When we look at installing a reverse osmosis system, one of the main parameters we look at is the measurement for Total Dissolved Solids. Basically, we are looking at everything in the water that is not part of the binary compound made up of two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule that occurs at room temperature as a clear, odorless, tasteless liquid and freezes at 32 degrees fahrenheit. (H₂O, Dihydrogen Monoxide… Water)
Water is notoriously called the “Universal Solvent” because it is capable of dissolving more substances than any other liquid. This means that everywhere water flows, it is picking up minerals and nutrients, but also chemicals and pollutants in the environment. Some of the substances that are currently regulated in municipal water include Cryptosporidium and Giardia, Legionella and E. Coli, Bromate and Haloacetic acids, chlorine and chloramines, arsenic and cyanide, lead, mercury, thallium, benzene, uranium, and so many more… for a complete list of what is regulated, what it can do to you and where it might come from, click here.
These are the contaminants that are regulated in municipal water treatment facilities. If you have a private well, you are responsible for your own drinking water regulation. Do you know what is dissolved in your water and are you sure you want to drink it?
Much of the well water in our area contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, and iron. While these are essential minerals for the human body, at certain levels, they wreak havoc on sinks, tubs, plumbing and water using appliances. (More on that here) Not only that, but too much of a good thing doesn’t always make something better. There are health risks associated with too much calcium and too much magnesium can cause some pretty nasty side effects (diarrhea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, and more).
As wonderful (and time saving) as it would be if we could get all of the necessary nutrients we need in our 8 glasses of water each day, it just isn’t possible. It makes far more sense to eat nutrient rich food that our bodies can digest properly and make sure that we are drinking as much clean, contaminant free water that we can.
For more information on the reverse osmosis systems we use, contact us.