Researchers say humans can live for three and a half weeks without eating food but cannot survive for more than three days without water. Drinking water is very important for healthy living, it is essential for survival to drink enough clean water. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, and as we go about all our daily activities, we use up almost all that water without noticing.
Water needs to be constantly replenished; our body needs constant nourishment. It is not only important to stay hydrated, but to consume water to keep your body in its best condition. Most people do not know but the presence of some certain metal ions like calcium and magnesium that serve principally as bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulphates in water and they cause a variety of problems.
One of the glaring features of hard water is that it consists of high mineral content, unlike soft water. Hard water is made when water is filtered through deposits of limestone which are mostly made up of magnesium carbonates and calcium.
Constant filtration leads to the build-up of lime scale, the constant build-up over time can corrupt plumbing, and enable galvanic corrosion. Hardness of water can be identified by its high levels of calcium, magnesium and sometimes irons, according to Colorado State University. Because the presence of these minerals can be bothersome, especially when it comes to using the water for cleaning the house, doing laundry and baths, many people prefer to use water softeners. Soft water is created using an ion and sodium exchange process, eliminating the minerals in the water while adding sodium and other chemicals. Research has shown that there are a lot of health benefits when a person starts using soft water that is treated with a water softener, instead of hard water.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOFT WATER
- Sodium intake
Sodium/salt is used often during the water softening process to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from hard water through the process of ion exchange, this leads to the sodium content in soft water being higher than that of hard water. Sodium helps in balancing the fluids in the body, it helps in sending nerve impulses to wherever they are needed in the body, and it is needed for effective muscle contractions, it also helps in influencing blood pressure; it keeps the blood pressure level at a normal rate, a rate that is safe. The high level of sodium in soft water dissolves potentially toxic metals such as cadmium and lead from pipes, adding them to the contents of the water. Scientists recommend that those using a water softener for their drinking water should either drink bottled water or install a separate faucet for un-softened drinking water, due to the corrosive metals that can be dissolved from the faucet.
- Grooming Benefits
According to studies, the minerals in hard water interfere with almost every cleaning task done in the home. When hard water and any kind of soap are combined, a sticky substance is formed and it is known as ‘soap curd’, residue from this can be very difficult to wash off and may lead to dry skin and hair. Soap curd prevents the skin from returning to its previous shape, and this may lead to skin irritation, it also makes the hair lifeless, frizzy and hard to manage. Meanwhile, soft water contains none of the minerals that can be mixed with any kind of soap to make up soap curd. Using soft water for baths helps with dull skin, frizzy and dry hair; it also helps soften the skin by keeping in its natural moisture.
- Softer clothes
The fabric of our clothes become softer without the minerals present in hard water getting trapped inside them, they last for longer periods and are more durable. When they dry, they do not come out coarse and wrinkly, and the constant discoloration caused by hard water can be avoided. Using soft water for laundry provides softer and brighter clothes it also extends the amount of times the clothes can be worn; it increases their life span.
- Cost effective
One of the obvious features of hard water is that it contains calcium and magnesium, which create soap curd but reduces lather and foam. This results in you needing a lot more soap to get lather from the soap. Soft water readily lathers up when mixed with soap, thereby reducing the usage of this product and the cost by up to 75%. Soft water also helps with shinier hair and softer skin, and this helps save the cost of expensive skin and hair care products.
Hardened water consists of magnesium, calcium and ions, which when dry leaves behind white streaks on dishes, cutlery, silverware and glasses. If washing up is done with softened water, your dishes will look cleaner and shinier. Clean cutleries, dishes and glasses are more durable, this helps cut the costs for constant change of cutlery due to rust from hard water.
As you can see, there are many benefits to using a water softener, it is important that you get yourself a water softener. Water softeners encourage cleaner and healthier surroundings, every household should have one for a healthier lifestyle.