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Salt Softened Water and Your Health

Did you know that softening your water using traditional salt based methods may be negatively affecting your health?

About one in four adult Americans suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). If you are one of the millions of Americans aiming to manage this difficult condition, chances are that you watch your salt intake at every meal. But did you know that even seemingly innocuous drinking water can contain harmful levels of sodium?

Traditional water softeners rely on ion exchange to replace minerals with sodium, giving the water a soft, slippery feel. Drinking two quarts a day of salt-softened water can add more than 150 mg of sodium to your daily diet. For those on a strict sodium restricted diet, this comprises over half your daily sodium allowance. Sodium in drinking water may even be a concern for those on mild sodium restriction, as any unnecessary source of salt should be eliminated.

If you are aiming to manage your high blood pressure, don’t let drinking water be your Achilles heel. Whether you drink it in soups, tea, coffee or pure, salt softened water has extra sodium that your body may not need.

Salt-based water softeners are no longer necessary. There are other, non-harmful ways to prevent limescale buildup in your pipes, water heater, and home. At AquaGenesis, we offer a variety of electronic water conditioners. These alter the physical properties of the water to free your household of limescale problems, leaving the beneficial minerals like Calcium and Magnesium safely available. Visit the links to the left to learn more about our environmentally friendly, low-cost, sodium-free water treatment systems today.

For more information on salt in your drinking water, visit this Washington State University page:

Sodium Content of Your Drinking Water

 

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