Many people prefer the taste of minerals in the water. Bottled water companies realize this and add minerals back into the water just for taste not for health benefits.Inorganic Minerals in Water
The minerals in tap water and bottled spring or mineral water are inorganic minerals, a form that the body cannot use. If you cook scrambled eggs in an iron skillet and the iron flakes off into the eggs, is that okay? No, of course not. Its not the right kind of iron. Inorganic minerals can build up in the body and become toxic.
According to Dr. Norman Walker, over a 70-year lifespan, a person will be drinking about 200 to 300 pounds of rock that our body cannot use if it is not R/O (reverse osmosis) water. Most will be eliminated, but some stays in the body, causing gallstones, kidney stones, and hardening and blockages in the arteries. Many hospitals ask patients admitted for gallstones if they drink tap water.
Which Minerals Are in Drinking Water?
Calcium, magnesium, and lime are often found in city water. In addition, some cities and private wells often have manganese and iron, both of which can give the water a bad smell if found in high amounts. Other toxic minerals and heavy metals commonly found in the water, that usually have no taste unless present in elevated amounts:
aluminumarsenicasbestosbariumcadmiumchromiumcopperfluorideleadmercurynitratesnitritesseleniumsilverAccording to Colin Ingram, author of The Drinking Water Book, from where the above list of toxic minerals comes, "These toxic minerals and inorganic compounds occur naturally in water, and they also enter water from man-made sources...Asbestos is also present in tap water wherever asbestos-cement water pipes are used to deliver water to customers." (p. 9, Celestial Arts/Ten Speed Press, 1991)Organic Minerals in Water and Absorption into the Body
Our bodies need organic minerals that plants have transformed from the inorganic minerals in the soil into a negatively charged ionic or electrical form. We need to eat the plant, or eat the animal that ate the plant to get the form of minerals that our bodies can assimilate.
In a fairly comprehensive article entitled, Not All Minerals Are Created Equal, Dr. Steven E. Whiting, PhD. states that several factors affect mineral absorption and uptake. Dr. Whiting asserts that pH, electromagnetic circuitry, particle size and source contribute to the final ability of the body to derive benefit from the minerals ingested.
The issue is not one of liquid minerals or colloidal minerals, but whether or not the minerals are organic.
Dr. Whiting discusses in detail the biochemistry of mineral absorption in the human intestines in Colloidal Minerals: Facts and Myths (1997, Institute of Nutritional Science).
Water Softeners and Reverse Osmosis Filters
A water softener in your home can be a positive step to removing heavy metals and inorganic minerals from your drinking water. Yes, the water softener should be hooked up to both the hot and the cold water lines in your home. If you are really concerned about ingesting a minute amount of salt in your water (about the same amount as a slice of white bread in a whole gallon of water), you can buy R/O (reverse osmosis) bottled water or a reverse osmosis water filter system, or you can give yourself permission to get used to the taste of softened water knowing that it is much better for your health than ingesting inorganic minerals and heavy metals. An R/O filter will remove the salt and other contaminants in the water whether it is well water or city water.