Do you need minerals in your water?
A lot of people are concerned that fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than they used to be because the soil has become depleted of minerals.
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I don’t think we need to worry about declining mineral levels in produce, but mineral water still sounds like a good idea—sort of like a vitamin supplement you can drink. Are there health benefits of drinking mineral water? Are there any risks?
I don’t think we need to worry about declining mineral levels in produce, but mineral water still sounds like a good idea—sort of like a vitamin supplement you can drink.
First, you should know that you’re probably already getting some minerals in your regular drinking water. Most tap water contains minerals. For example, if you drink two liters of water a day, you could be getting 10 to 15 percent of your daily calcium requirement and up to a third of your required magnesium just from the water you drink. But the amount of minerals in tap water in different regions varies greatly.
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How do you know what’s in your water?
As I talked about in my article on water contamination, if you’re on a public water system here in the US, you should get a report every summer with details about your water quality, including mineral levels as well as any contaminants that have been found. It’s often included with your water bill. If you’re a renter, you probably never see these reports. But you can look up your local water quality report on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. Checking your water quality report can give you an idea of how high in minerals your local water supply is.
Most countries have agencies that provide similar information. If you’re not in the US, try doing an internet search using your country with the phrase “drinking water quality.” (Here are links for Canada, the European Union, and…
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