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Do we need the minerals in drinking water?

The subject of minerals in water is one over which there is much controversy. There is even disagreement among health authorities.

Some inorganic minerals found in water can actually be harmful to human health. Minerals such as nitrates, cadmium and lead can be toxic in small amounts.

No water treatment process can separate the harmful minerals from those that are not. Either all of the minerals are removed or they are left in.

To help you decide for yourself, consider the following information:

1. Minerals in water exist as INORGANIC minerals. This form is not nearly as biologically acceptable to the human body as are ORGANIC forms of minerals found in foods and quality mineral supplements.

2. Plants have the unique ability to convert inorganic minerals absorbed from the soil and water into organic forms that our bodies can use.

3. In food, these useful minerals are linked with proteins and natural sugars (e.g. Calcium lactate found in milk)

4. In water, the mineral exists in salt form (e.g. Calcium carbonate). Our bodies can use few, if any, of the minerals found in water.

5. There are absolutely no minerals found in water that you cannot find in adequate quantities in the foods that you eat.

6. An 8 ounce of glass of milk typically contains more calcium and magnesium than 5 gallons of water.

7. Over 95% of the major and trace minerals ingested daily come from the foods that we eat.

8. Tap water can be an unreliable source of minerals since water supplies vary greatly from place to place and even from day to day.

9. Even if minerals in water were in good form, their amount is small compared to that found in foods.

Here's what the xpert are saying: