Does Water Need Minerals to Be Good for You?
There are many different opinions surrounding minerals in water. Some people believe that the processes that remove the essential minerals from the water, like reverse osmosis and distilling, produce water that is worse for our health. However, on the other hand, people argue that these processes also remove the contaminants and toxins from water which outweigh the loss of minerals. Is Water Without Minerals Healthy? The Nutrient Data Laboratory carried out a study on the mineral content of tap water. They found that, on average, only four minerals in water contribute to the recommended daily mineral amount. They believe that removing the minerals in water has no real negative effect on human health because the mineral content was so insignificant to begin with and has no drastic effects on daily mineral consumption. Water with no mineral content still hydrates the body and helps the body process minerals and vitamins from our food. Processes that filter and purify water are still seen as beneficial even though they remove the minerals because they also remove harmful contaminants, pesticides, and bacteria. The Essential Minerals in Water When drinking water, the four main minerals that make up one percent of our daily intake are copper, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Some of the other minerals in water include iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and fluoride (which is added to drinking water to promote stronger teeth). Minerals are still important to have in your water and positively impact your overall well-being. However, drinking water with no mineral content is not detrimental to your health.
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Can Aerating Water Remove Chlorine?
In high doses, chlorine reacts with water outside of the body as well as on mucosal surfaces inside your body—including the water in your digestive tract—to form hydrochloric acid and hypochlorous acid; both of which may be extremely poisonous to humans. Chlorination is the process where chlorine is added to drinking water to kill bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Environmental protection organizations limit the amount of chlorine in drinking water to ensure that it is safe for human consumption—generally to around four milligrams per liter. However, many people don’t want to take the chance that the chlorine levels are higher and turn to ways to remove it from their water. Aeration is one of those methods. How You Can Remove Chlorine From Your Water The aeration process brings water and air into close contact to influence the water’s physical and chemical characteristics. Aeration helps to remove dissolved gases, volatile inorganic chemicals, and dissolved metals. The swirling motion of aeration rejuvenates the water and introduces atmospheric air, which allows fresh oxygen to dissolve within the water. Aeration speeds up the process of evaporating and removing potentially toxic compounds like chlorine by increasing gas exchange and air circulation. You can read more about aeration chemistry in this blog. How Long Does It Take to Aerate Chlorine Out of Your Water? Chlorine can naturally evaporate from water if left to sit for a while. Water needs to sit for at least 24 hours to dechlorinate, but it could take up to 5 days for the chlorine to evaporate from the water completely. This is all dependent on the total volume of water and the initial concentration of chlorine in the water—and aeration speeds up this process. Aerating a smaller volume of water for around 10 minutes will cause the chlorine to evaporate. With the Mayu Swirl carafe, you can aerate up to 1.5 liters of water at a time.
Asked 4 months ago
Structured Water vs. Alkaline Water
What Is Structured Water? Structured water, also known as hexagonal water, refers to water where the molecules form a hexagonal cluster. Structured water shares similarities with pure water that is uncontaminated by human processes. Pure water comes from natural and unpolluted sources like mountain springs and glacier melts. It is believed that water can be altered to form structured water, where it returns to its natural spring water frequency state. Structured water contains important antioxidants and plays an essential role in the functioning of cells in the body. What Is Alkaline Water? The pH level of alkaline water is higher than that of regular drinking water. It is believed that alkaline water can neutralize the acid in the human body and reduce the risk of conditions like cancer and heart disease. Standard drinking water has a neutral pH level of 7, whereas alkaline water ranges between 8 and 9. Differences Between Structured Water and Alkaline Water Just like structured water can be created through vortexing or various other methods, alkaline water needs to be specially formulated as well, which is done through remineralization. In nature, this occurs naturally when water filters through the layers of the earth. However, alkaline water can be created through the addition of minerals that raise the alkalinity of the water. Alkaline water and structured water are believed to have many of the same health benefits, including strengthening immunity, greater levels of energy, increased absorption and hydration, and a better sense of wellbeing. There are no known negative side effects of structured water and it is considered safe and beneficial for human consumption. Drinking alkaline water is also considered safe with no adverse effects unless you have kidney disease. In some people, the higher pH could cause dry or itchy skin in rare cases.
Asked 4 months ago
Why Reverse Osmosis Water Smells Like Fish
Reverse osmosis is a vital residential water filtering technique that removes most contaminants from our water by pushing it under high pressure through a specialized, semi-permeable membrane that stops contaminants with larger molecules than water from passing through. The water produced by reverse osmosis has lower sodium and fewer contaminants, bacteria, and parasites. Reverse osmosis produces clean drinking water without the use of harsh chemicals like chlorine. Can You Drink Reverse Osmosis Water? Reverse osmosis water is safe to drink as most of the contaminants and toxins will have been filtered by the membrane. The only concern with reverse osmosis water is that it has been demineralized. The process of removing contaminants also removes some of the good qualities of the water, including tooth-strengthening fluoride. However, reverse osmosis water is considered healthier than tap water in many countries. Although this water purification process removes minerals from water, it also removes contaminants that have a negative health impact, especially on those with compromised immune systems. Why Does Reverse Osmosis Water Smell Like Fish? Naturally occurring material One of the main reasons reverse osmosis water smells like fish is due to the presence of organic material in the water source, including barium, a common material in mineral ores that seeps into pipes and wells.Algal blooms Water reservoirs and lakes have an increase in algal bloom, especially in the summer months, due to the direct sunlight and warmer temperature. Generally, water treatment plants get rid of the algae, but small particles can remain and leave a fishy smell.Chloramine Chloramine is made from a combination of chlorine and ammonia. If the water going through the reverse osmosis system has been treated with this chemical, it could result in an unpleasant smell.
Asked 4 months ago
How and Why to Remove Chloroform From Water
Chloroform, also known as trichloromethane, is a man-made byproduct of chlorinating water and treating municipal sewage to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases. However, certain species of algae and different types of chemicals also create chloroform. The byproducts of chlorinating water can cause severe health problems, including increased cancer risk, pregnancy defects, and damage to the kidneys and liver. Why Does Water Contain Chloroform? Chloroform enters the water systems due to mismanagement of waste, including waste from paper mills, paper companies, wastewater from sewage treatment plants, and drinking water with too much added chlorine. Chloroform dissolves effortlessly in water, allowing it to move easily into groundwater systems. Once the groundwater is contaminated, it is affected for a long time and can move to our drinking water. Can Chloroform Be Removed From Water? Like other trihalomethanes, the best way to remove chloroform is with high-quality granular activated carbon, which is found in most reliable home water filtration systems. The National Library of Medicine published an article suggesting that boiling chloraminated water for at least one minute reduced the concentration of chloroform by 74-98%. The combination of boiling your water and then filtering it through an activated carbon filter will remove the majority of the chloroform contaminants. Chloroform can be removed from drinking water on a more industrial level via a two-step process. The contaminated water is placed into a convection tank and passes through a “curtain” of compressed air that removes the chloroform from the water. The air is then treated using a charcoal bed, which also removes chloroform, before it is released back into the atmosphere.
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