Well if your home is situated in hard water regions you probably have high mineral intakes. If you are here you are familiar with the downsides of water hardening, isn’t it? Those stained clothes, spotty glasses, and tiles, whitish cast on utensils, dull hair, and dry skin, clogged pipes, the list are endless.
Being the hothead many types of research and discussions have raised about the negative health impacts of hard water including heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, inadequate fertility, digestive issues, Alzheimer’s disease, and most recently eczema.
A Medicinal Chemistry Professor, Mr. Ronny Priefer from The Western New England University in Springfield says that hard water association with health is a gloomy area of study. He adds “there is plenty of conflicting evidence in literature”. He further adds that many scientists believe hard water is beneficial and others conform to hard water harms health. Few claims it has no effects on the body.
What causes water hardness?
Water hardness is determined via minerals concentration. Nearly sixty percent of the water consumed by individuals is groundwater. Water percolating through rocks and soils gather minerals along. The more is the calcium and magnesium, the harder the water is.
Many people ignore daily calcium and magnesium daily intake. So for the hard water is beneficial as it fulfills the supplements needed. Many American’s health is impacted due to insufficient nutrients. Osteoporosis, less bone density, high blood pressure, and tooth decay is all because of a lack of calcium in the diet. Similarly, magnesium deficiency causes cardiac arrhythmias and Diabetes Type 2.
Soft water areas like the Colorado Mountains where water comes from melted glaciers Ca and Mg are present in low quantity. It is advised to add these minerals to their diet. Soft water is mainly preferred because your household tasks get easier like no stains on tiles, soap lather, clean utensils and of course no corrosion. Where water is extremely hard people prefer water softeners to eradicate minerals.
As per WHO and NIH reports hard water has no side effects. Many studies and research were conducted by the duo to check hard water can harm the body to what extent? A large scientist and expert gatherings took place in NIH and there report gave positive feedback about hard water consumption. Magnesium has proven to be heart friendly.
Later NIH also considered the epidemiological observations regarding hard water and cardiovascular disease, fertility, diabetes and growth retardation with high mineral content. It is found that many factors including acidity of water influence the absorption of the minerals by the human body.
Moderate protection by magnesium and calcium intake was found in the studies with respect to esophageal and ovarian cancer.
The alleged link amid Alzheimer’s disease and hard water was questioned. A study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association showed the negative impacts of daily aluminum consumption proved right. Baking soda, beverage cans, and antacids all contain aluminum which if taken in increase can cause brain health risky.
Fertility concerns in correlation with hard water were also unfounded and no reports show sperm quality been affected. However, the new research in the UK states that hard water exemplifies eczema issues, especially in infants.
The British Heart Foundation suggests a healthy and balanced diet including sufficient calcium and magnesium. If you live in hard water areas turn on the tap to drink water rather buying a packaged bottle. Don’t believe everything you hear.
Hope this article changed your perception a bit. Hard water is good but that doesn’t mean we should overlook the cons.
If you are curious to know how hard your water is? Get a “DIY Water Test Kits” that are available in the market. More information can be gathered via Municipal Corporation.
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