Should You Add Mineral Water to Your Diet?
Hello there. I'm Monica Reindel and you're listening to the nutrition diva podcast welcome this week. We're talking about the nutritional benefits of drinking mineral water. You know a lot of people are concerned that fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than they used to be. Because they've heard that. The soil has become depleted of minerals I address that concern back in episode number ninety seven. If you'd like to check that out, but suffice it to say, I don't think we need to worry about declining mineral levels in our produce. However, mineral-water still sounds like a good idea sort of like a vitamin supplement. You can drink, so are their health benefits to drinking mineral water. Are there any risks? I. You should know that you're probably already getting some minerals in your regular drinking water, because most tap water contains minerals for example. If you drink two liters of water a day, you be getting ten to fifteen percent of your daily calcium requirement and up to a third of your required magnesium, just from the water that you drink or that you use in your tea and coffee, but the amount of minerals in tap water in different regions varies greatly. As I talked about in my article on water contamination. If you're on a public water system here in the United States, you should get a report every summer, which details your water quality including mineral levels as well as any contaminants that have been found. It's often included with your water bill now. If you're a renter, you'll probably never see these reports. You can look up your local water quality report on the Environmental Protection Agency's website and have linked to that in our show notes. Checking. Your water quality report can give you a good idea of how high in minerals your local water supply is. Now I realized. Not all of you are in the United. States and most countries have agencies that provide similar information. If you're not in the US try doing an internet search using your country along with the phrase, drinking, water quality, and again I've included links to several of these agencies in the show notes for today. Even the modest amounts of minerals founded regular drinking water play a beneficial role in your health, calcium and magnesium are important for strong bones of course and magnesium also helps to regulate your blood pressure. In fact, people who live in areas with very hard water, which is very high in minerals, have a reduced risk of heart, disease and hard water. That's high in magnesium has also been found to relieve constipation. However all those minerals can also be rough on your plumbing, so people who have hard water often use a water softening system to remove those minerals, so if you're using a water softener to lower the mineral content of your water than obviously you would not get the health benefits associated with hard water. If you suspect or you know that you're drinking. Water is low in minerals. Could mineral water be a good thing to add to your diet? Well, it might bottled mineral water contains four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water, and one study found that people drinking water was low in magnesium were able to lower their blood pressure by drinking a leader of mineral water every day. Of course there are other ways to get magnesium brown rice almonds, Lima beans and spinach are all examples of good sources of magnesium, but drinking mineral water can definitely add to your intake of calcium, magnesium and other minerals, and I have a related episode in the archives, and why you need more magnesium in your diet. Now, not all bottled water is mineral water. Some bottled water simply filtered or distilled tap water, often with small amounts of minerals added back in to enhance the taste. Some bottled water does come from a natural source such as spring, but it still may not be high enough in minerals to be considered true mineral water, the technical definition of mineral water vary somewhat around the world here in the United. States in order to be labeled as mineral water, it must come from a natural source such as a spring, and it must also have at least two hundred fifty parts per million of dissolved minerals and. And that translates to these two hundred and fifty milligrams of minerals, including sodium per liter