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🔬 "Minerals In Drinking Water"

Water Nerds

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Host: Analies Ross-Dyjak | Head of Policy & Perspectives | Hydroviv
Category: 🔬 Research

Podcast’s Essential Bites:

[1:10] “First […] I want to highlight a few of the most common minerals that can be found in drinking water. […] We're […] going to start with bicarbonate. This is one of those naturally occurring minerals that is typically found in groundwater, as opposed to surface water. […] Bicarbonate actually acts as an acid buffer. And this can help control the pH of water. Your body naturally produces bicarbonate, so there's really no reason at all to remove it from water.”

[2:32] “Second, I want to get into magnesium. A study that was […] recently published in an epidemiology journal, found that when calcium and magnesium work together, they can prevent certain cardiovascular diseases, particularly in women. […] Magnesium is another one of those naturally occurring minerals that we find in drinking water, again, typically groundwater but also surface water as well.”

[3:26] “Finally, I wanted to talk about sodium. […] This is definitely one of the minerals that our Water Nerds get asked about all the time. […] Why would we want that in drinking water or why would that be okay in drinking water? And the reality is that the levels that are in drinking water […] are not comparable to the levels of sodium in someone's diet. […] For people who don't have those gastrointestinal cardiovascular diseases, where sodium can impact your body's ability to function, the levels that are in drinking water are entirely safe. Sodium is actually crucial for nerve health and muscle health.”

[6:26] “Is it true that some bottled water companies add minerals back into water? Yes, this is true. And it kind of seems ridiculous. So basically, when bottled water companies are treating the water, they'll usually strip the water completely of pretty much everything [...] and then actually add minerals back in, mostly due to it not tasting good without minerals. So minerals, add that crisp, refreshing taste that water typically has. […] This is actually also a marketing tool used by a lot of bottled water companies as well.”

[10:42] “If you are looking to remove minerals, […] you'll want a reverse osmosis water filter. And these can be pretty pricey. There's also a lot of maintenance that goes into making sure that the reverse osmosis membrane is working properly. […] Another thing with these reverse osmosis water filters is you actually will notice that the water doesn't taste as good, because it is stripping those minerals that contribute to that crisp and refreshing taste.”

[12:57| “If you have hard water, which is an excess amount of minerals, you can absolutely get a water softener, […] which will be attached at the point of entrance into your home. […] They aren't as expensive as reverse osmosis and they certainly serve a purpose for just reducing the hard water, […] [but don’t] remove contaminants.”

Rating: 💧💧

🎙️ Full Episode: Apple
🕰️ 15 min | 🗓️ 11/16/2021
✅ Time saved: 13 min

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