Is softener water healthy?

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Many people wonder about the question "Is softened water healthy?". This question is extremely important, especially for those who use water softeners at home. In this article, we will try to answer them by analyzing the water softening process and the potential effects of consuming softened water.

Water softening consists in replacing calcium and magnesium ions, which cause water hardness, with sodium ions. The result is water with a reduced content of minerals that cause scale and scale. Instead, the concentration of sodium increases. But what does this mean for our health?

Changed properties of water after softening: Is the addition of sodium a problem?

Water after the softener changes its properties. The amount of calcium, which is responsible for water hardness, decreases and the amount of sodium increases. For every German degree (°dH) of water softening, we add about 8.2 mg of sodium to every liter of water. But what does this mean for our diet?

The norm of sodium intake for a healthy person is about 2600 mg per day. For example, if the water in your home has a hardness of 20°dH and you want to soften it to 6°dH, the difference in hardness will be 14°dH. With each liter, we deliver about 115 mg of sodium to our body. Even if we assume that a person drinks 3 liters of such water every day, the additional amount of sodium is only about 345 mg. This is about 13% of the recommended daily intake.

Is extra sodium in softened water bad for your health?

Is that extra sodium bad for your health? Is it a lot or a little? To understand this, it is worth noting that 345 mg of sodium is roughly equivalent to one slice of white bread. For comparison, the daily norm of sodium intake is about 2600 mg.

The conclusion is therefore that for people who do not use salt-free diets, consuming even large amounts of softener water will not significantly affect the composition of our diet. For people with health problems who are prescribed a salt-free diet, drinking softened water may also be safe. The amount of sodium supplied with water should then be included in the daily sodium intake balance.

Other solutions for people on a salt-free diet

People on a salt-free diet may wonder what to do if they want to soften their water. One solution is to use a different type of water to drink, such as low-sodium bottled water. Special water filters can also be used to remove sodium. Such filters can be useful for people who need to limit their sodium intake for various reasons.

Water softening should not pose a health risk to most people. The extra sodium supplied with softener water is relatively low and should not significantly affect our diet. However, it is always worth consulting such matters with your doctor or dietitian to get the best and safest advice for your individual case.

Reverse osmosis, which removes sodium from softened water

If the extra sodium content in softened water is a source of concern for you, it is worth paying attention to reverse osmosis technology. Water filters based on this technology are able to remove most of the dissolved minerals, including sodium, from the water. It works by passing pressurized water through a special membrane that traps unwanted particles. Using a reverse osmosis filter for drinking and cooking can be a great solution for people who want to enjoy the benefits of soft water but are concerned about consuming extra sodium. Thus, we can eliminate the possible risk and enjoy clean, healthy water without undesirable additives.

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