Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Thoughts About Minerals in Water…

A prospective customer recently asked if there is a way to remove just the Fluoride and Chlorine from his water, but leave the minerals?

Yes, technically, it would be possible to remove fluoride and the chlorine. In the water business, fluoride is a “metal” and targeting it for removal would require a method designed to remove metals. Activated Alumina is the preferred media for fluoride removal, and a high quality carbon filter will remove the chlorine.

This question has a several assumptions that are worthy of further thought…

Assumption #1:
Minerals in water are valuable for human nutrition

Assumption #2:
The mineral quantity found in water is consistent

Assumption #3:
The mineral make-up in drinking water is the same

Assumption #4:
There are no other contaminants in the water, or likely to appear in the water, besides fluoride and chlorine

In regards to the first assumption, it is true that macro minerals and trace minerals are an essential component in human nutrition. The question is whether water is a viable source for trace minerals. This leads to the second and third assumptions, that the trace minerals found in drinking water is relatively constant in both quantity and in composition. Nothing could be further from the truth. In Vancouver, BC, for example, the total mineral content measures less than 10 parts-per-million [milligrams/liter] excluding the chlorine and fluoride.

As the recommended amount of calcium in the diet for adults is >1200 mg per day, and Vancouver water has less than 5 mg/l of calcium, you can see there is no way you could consider Vancouver water a viable source for minerals, either macro or trace.

Now take Lubbock, Texas as another example. The water there has >2000 parts-per-million, and more than half of that is sodium-chloride (table salt). Areas of the southwest with very high mineral content in the water also report very high incidence of circulatory disease, thrombosis, and diseases of deposition as those minerals come out of solution and form deposits – kidney stones, hardening of the arteries, etc.

In our opinion, minerals are better obtained through the food you eat. Plants eat rocks, and we eat plants (and the animals that eat plants.) Plants have enzymes for the breakdown of minerals and formation into new organic molecules. We have enzymes to digest plants, but not rocks – if we did we could get our minerals by sucking on stones. High quality mineral supplements are inexpensive and you will have known quantities and quality.

Finally, targeting specific contaminants will leave you exposed to the variety of contaminants not targeted, and the news reports, on at least a weekly basis, if not daily, show there is growing exposure to a wide variety of contaminants in water. See the following link for a summary of just a few: http://www.ewg.org/tapwater/findings.php.

We believe if you are going to filter your drinking/cooking water, you might just as well do a thorough and complete job of removing ALL classes of contaminants, not just a select few. To that end, the minerals must go so that we get everything that may be harmful. You’ll get more bio-available minerals from an organic apple or carrot than from several gallons of water.
 

2 Comments on “Thoughts About Minerals in Water…”


  1. Traditionally mineral waters would be used or consumed at their source, often referred to as taking the waters or taking the cure, and such sites were referred to as spas, baths or wells. Spa would be used when the water was consumed and bathed in, bath when the water was not generally consumed, and well when the water was not generally bathed in. Often an active tourist centre would grow up around a mineral water site . Such tourist development resulted in spa towns, shanghai massage and hydropathic hotels.I like post which deals with the information regarding the minerals contain in water.


  2. My thoughts:
    You are right, the mineral content of water will absolutely change depending on the source. The same goes for the quality of the minerals as their are so many different colloidal or ionic forms of both trace and macro minerals. I agree with your thoughts on drinking completely purified drinking water if you are drinking straight water. However, to get the trace minerals in water to be high quality and optimally absorbed, fulvic acids need to be present.