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Minerals In Water
Minerals In Water

Minerals In Water

There is a lot of confusion about what water does, and what it doesn’t. While water is an amazing element and we at RO3 Oasis water have sung its praises many times, it is not divine in its ability to do everything in the body. So let’s separate the wheat from the chaff. Here are some things water can do:

Some benefits of drinking water

  • Water makes it easier to pump blood through your body to get oxygen-rich blood cells to your muscles, enabling you to exercise harder for longer
  • Flushes out toxins and clears the skin
  • Prevents and improves digestive problems and constipation
  • Adequate hydration helps control appetite
  • Improves state of mind as even mild dehydration negatively impacts mood
  • Protects joints and cartilage and thus prevents injuries
  • Helps to fight inflammation and infection
  • It helps us to think more clearly as dehydration causes shrinkage of brain tissue!

(So maybe grab a glass of H20 before reading the rest, we’ll wait….)

Water is a hydrant, not a nutrient

Pretty amazing right? But what it does not do is feed your body. Water is a hydrant, not a nutrient. There are those that insist that drinking mineral-rich water is good for your health. Looking at what minerals are and how they are used in the body will help us in analyzing this misconception.

Some minerals are toxic

Firstly, not all minerals are good for you. According to the WHO, only calcium and magnesium in water are beneficial to the body. The other minerals are either not absorbed from water, or are trace minerals like arsenic, lead and aluminium of which the body needs very little (less than 100mg/day). In excess, these lead to toxic episodes, heavy metal poisoning and other serious complications.
Inorganic minerals are not readily absorbed
Secondly, minerals in water are inorganic (like rocks) and not organic (like spinach). You can get your calcium from rocks, or you can get it from dairy, fruit, and vegetables, where the plant or animal has done some of the processing for you. There is considerable debate in the scientific community about the usefulness of inorganic minerals in the human diet. The body can absorb minerals from inorganic sources, but much less efficiently than from organic sources.

Water doesn’t contain sufficient amounts of beneficial minerals

Even if the water contains calcium and magnesium, it is not enough to supply in the body’s needs. You would have to drink more than 30 litres of water a day to get the recommended daily amount of 1000mg of calcium. And that is provided your body absorbs 100% of the available calcium, which it cannot.

It is impossible to filter out toxic minerals and keep the good ones

As explained above, only minute amounts of calcium and magnesium are absorbed from the water. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose: if you leave the beneficial minerals, the harmful ones stay too. It’s all or nothing.

African context

While there might be negligible benefits to having Magnesium and Calcium in water, living in a world where contaminated water is the number one cause of death should place the importance of water purity above its mineral content.