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Are There Benefits To Having Hard Water in Your System?
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Finding minerals in water is nothing new. In fact, all clean water that isn't distilled has some degree of minerals and chemicals.

Hard water has high amounts of magnesium and calcium. If hard water goes through a water softener, it becomes soft water. This form of water typically has higher sodium levels.

Hard water is found in nature, usually near deposits of limestone or dolomite. Meanwhile, soft water comes from glaciers or igneous rocks. Additionally, hard water often tastes different than soft water because it's less salty.

Should I Drink Hard Water?

If you're like most people, having something like magnesium in water sounds unusual. Fortunately, research shows that there aren't any serious health effects from drinking hard water.

In fact, drinking hard water can have some slight health benefits. Humans need both magnesium and calcium, which hard water delivers.

Unfortunately, it would help if you didn't rely on hard water for your nutrients alone. Drinking two liters of hard water a day provides about 52mg of magnesium. The average person needs about 420mg of magnesium a day, meaning hard water only provides about 12% of that requirement.

There's also slight evidence that hard water might help protect against gastric, rectal, colon, and other cancers.

Plus, 85% of American households already drink hard water -- they just don't know it!

Can Hard Water Be Bad?

Magnesium in water isn't a problem when you're drinking it. However, it's not something you want anywhere else.

Hard water can be a problem when used in other circumstances besides drinking.

For example, hard water is bad for washing dishes or clothes. The calcium carbonate and other minerals in water often leave stains. Hard water's harshness can wear out clothes much faster than normal.

Hard water is also bad for your pipes. The mineral deposits can slowly build up and clog your pipes. This can shrink the interior passageways and lower water pressure.

Plus, washing your hands with hard water might leave a feeling of a thin film on your hands. The soap combines with the calcium to create "soap scum," which requires extra washing to get rid of.

Washing with hard water can lead to dry skin or hair. The minerals in water might change your skin's pH balance. Many suspect that this might worsen eczema conditions, but research hasn't found any evidence.

If you're experiencing any of these problems, consider investing in a water softener.

What's In My Water?

Hard water might provide some extra minerals, but that doesn't mean you always want it in every situation. While 85% of American households have access to hard water, 30% use a water softener.

You definitely want to know what's in your water -- minerals or otherwise. That's why Analytical Technology inc. manufactures instruments to detect water quality issues for industry and business use.

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