While you may understand the health benefits of drinking enough water, there’s something you could be overlooking: water quality.
The purity of your water should never be compromised, as this can lead to a variety of health concerns. For example, water with a high mineral content – known as hard water – has been proven to worsen a variety of health conditions. Here are some of the most common:
- Alzheimer’s disease. While science has yet to prove that the consumption of too much aluminum can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, studies have shown a higher incidence rate in areas with a large amount of dissolved aluminum in the water.
- Diabetes. High levels of magnesium is often found in hard water. In the human body, the channels that regulate insulin action are largely dependent on magnesium. So, when hard water throws the body’s magnesium levels out of sort, it can lead to a variety of issues, especially for those with diabetes.
- Cancer. For many years, researchers have been working hard to pinpoint the cause or causes of cancer. Some studies have shown that the presence of magnesium and calcium in drinking water can lower the mortality rate of people with rectal, colon, gastric, and pancreatic cancer.
- Cardiovascular disease. One of the top causes of death in the United States, studies have shown that drinking water with the appropriate amount of magnesium and calcium can lower the mortality rate associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Cerebrovascular mortality. Magnesium can help lower blood pressure, which in turns reduces the impact of stroke. Drinking hard water often results in an increase in dietary magnesium and the benefits that come along with it.
So, What’s the Verdict?
Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the health problems or benefits associated with drinking hard water.
As noted above, some studies show that drinking too much hard water can have a negative impact on a person’s health, such as those who are suffering from diabetes or have a history of Alzheimer’s disease in their family.
Conversely, there are many studies that show the benefits of drinking mineral rich water to prevent common health concerns.
As a homeowner, the best thing you can do is find a happy medium. Upon testing your water, you’ll know if it’s hard, soft, or just right. If your water is too hard or too soft, it may be time to make a change, which could include the installation of a purifier.