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Minerals found in drinking water

All living things require water in order to live. Water not only supports vital physical functions, but it also supplies vital nutrients that the body can not generate on its own.

Minerals found in drinking water

What is water ?

If you ask a scientist “what is water?” they’ll answer that it’s the liquid form of the molecule formed by one Oxygen atom bonded to two Hydrogen atoms, so the molecular formula of water is H2O. But, it’s important to know that the water we drink in our everyday lives isn’t pure H2O, it contains some impurities that often include different essential minerals.

What minerals are in water ?

Minerals are inorganic elements or compounds. The main minerals in our water are : Calcium (Ca2+) , Magnesium (Mg2+), Sodium (Na+), Potassium (K+), Chloride (Cl), Fluoride (F), Iron (Fe2+)…

Minerals found in drinking water

Calcium (Ca2+)

Calcium is a major building block for the skeleton and a vital nutrient for strong bones and teeth and also it plays an essential role in the digestive system. Calcium is important for healthy nerve and muscle functions.

Magnesium (Mg2+)

Magnesium could potentially prevent heart diseases and strokes because it helps to regulate heartbeats and to relax the muscle of the heart. The deficiency of this element has been implicated in hypertension because it helps to reduce blood pressure, and type II diabetes and associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Magnesium also influence the nervous system and regulate its functions.

Sodium (Na+)

Sodium in drinking water sources helps to control blood pressure, it also regulates the function of muscles and nerves. The deficiency of this mineral may cause cramps and weakness. 

Potassium (K+)

Potassium in water plays a key role in decreasing hypertension. Potassium is involved with nerve function, muscle control and blood pressure. Potassium works with sodium to regulate the amount of water in the body.

Fluoride (F)

Fluoride in water is absolutely safe. It is so important to prevent tooth decay. It’s true that fluoride in higher concentrations has been linked to health issues. BUT water contains the recommended levels of it.

Iron (Fe2+)

Iron is important for good health because it transports oxygen in the blood. Deficiency of this mineral is the most common nutritional disorder worldwide and the main cause of Anaemia in infancy, childhood and pregnancy.