Soft Water & Soft Minds
Since we’ve been studying drinking water for quite some time, I found it very interesting when several people asked me to write something on “water softeners.”
It seems somewhere along the line consumers have confused water purification with water softening. When it comes to drinking water, I believe water softeners are one of the biggest threats to health.
One of the most effective ways humans obtain the minerals they need is through drinking water. The first mistake many people make is to remove the minerals from their drinking water. The second mistake they make is to take mineral supplements. Mineral supplements are one of the most dangerous ways for humans to obtain minerals from their diet. Mineral supplements are unlikely to contain the proper minerals in the proper amounts. Even worse, it is difficult to make a pure mineral supplement. The long-term ingestion of the toxins found in mineral supplements is unlikely to be good for your long-term health.
You might consider the removal of minerals from the drinking water and the taking of mineral supplements to hitting yourself in the head with a hammer… so that you can take more aspirin.
I do recommend testing your water and eliminating health risks. I do recommend purification for contaminated water that will be used for drinking. I do recommend water softeners for use in machinery and applications where “hard” water is corrosive to equipment. But, I do NOT recommend water softeners for drinking water.
The safest and healthiest drinking water is most likely found from your public water authority. (Although I do have concerns about the long term effects from drinking chlorine and fluoride.)
Young children, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, etc. are at the greatest risk from drinking softened water.