Even with the simple act of drinking water, you have the opportunity to make your drinking water more nutritious, more palatable and more hydrating, and the health benefits that follow are measurable.
Every day there are opportunities to support your health in new ways that make a significant difference to your well-being.
Even with the simple act of drinking water, you can make drinking water more nutritious, more palatable, and more hydrating, and the health benefits that follow are measurable.
Grab these opportunities, and you will notice the difference immediately.
The water we used to drink from springs, creeks, and rivers was loaded with the minerals and trace elements that are the building blocks for everything that happens in the body.
These minerals and trace elements are equally essential as air and water.
Water that has been cartridge filtered, distilled, deionized, or been through a process of reverse osmosis (RO) has no nutritional content.
Reversed Osmosis water is a widespread water purification process for bottled water. The process involves forcing water through a membrane to separate particles, pollutants, and minerals from the water. The result is treated water that is very similar to distilled and deionized water. (Nani, Majid, Jaafar, Mahdzir & Musa, 2016, p.1)
By adding Sea Salt or Himalayan rock salt to these treated water types, you are restoring the mineral content needed to nourish your body.
Some sources claim you can get these minerals from the food you eat, but the truth is most of our food is grown in is mineral deficient soil. The nutritional value of fruit and vegetables can only be as good as the soil’s mineral content! (Cotruvo, 2006, p.5).
The value and importance of minerals and trace elements cannot be understated.
Each (mineral) one plays a role in hundreds of body functions. It may take aa minimal quantity of a particular mineral, but having too much or too little can upset a delicate balance in the body,” says Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.(Harvard University, 2020)
A 1980 study conducted by a team of researchers from the A.N. Sysin Institute of General and Public Hygiene and USSR Academy of Medical Sciences concluded, “not only does completely demineralized water (distillate) have unsatisfactory organoleptic properties, but it also has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism”( Kozisek, 2004, p.149)
The research paper cites examples of how low mineral water was a risk factor for hypertension, coronary heart disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, goitre, and complications in newborns and infants.
In 1993 the German Society for Nutrition drew the same conclusion and initiated a warning against drinking distilled water stating, people who drank distilled water consistently developed specific symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, cardiovascular disorders, and muscle cramps. (Kozisek, 2004, p.151)
Scientific studies show substantial evidence that confirms when consistently drinking demineralized water there are adverse and accumulative health risks. (Moyel et al, 2013).
Drinking demineralized water does not enable the body to achieve a balanced state of hydration because it lacks the required electrolytes to do so, in particular sodium, which is just one essential electrolyte that is co-active and interdependent with other electrolytes and minerals in balancing every metabolic process in the body.
Just as it is vital to stay hydrated, maintaining the mineral content in our body is equally important. For specific capacity, each of these elements is required to enable the millions of processes taking place in our body every second. They enable every thought, action, biological events, and sensory experience that defines us as a living being functioning as a balanced and organized whole.
Minerals should always be added to demineralized water whether the process of demineralization was by cartridge filtration, distillation, deionization, or reverse osmosis. (Sahu &Thawani,2019, p.2-3)
We need to see ourselves as part of The Big Picture, not separate.
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by saltwater; our bodies are 70% water.
Saltwater contains an abundance of minerals and trace elements that provide the right balance to sustain life in the ocean. These same minerals are all found in our blood, albeit in different concentrations, all of which play an essential role in optimizing function. (NASA,2007, Nani, Majid, Jaafar, Mahdzir & Musa, 2016)
If a mineral deficiency develops specific symptoms arise that are related to the roles that mineral/element plays in the function of our body. If the deficiency is not replenished, specific symptoms will continue to develop and manifest as the precursors to ‘disease’.
The composition of natural salt may include up to 80+ different minerals, trace elements, and Pico (smaller than nano) elements, but this varies depending on which geographical region the salt was harvested. (Frame, 2016)
Important to note: Refined table salt has only two minerals, which form the compound sodium chloride. However, Aluminum Silicate is added as a flowing agent, and in some instances, artificial iodine is added, labelled as Iodized Salt. (Raltson et al,2020)
The enormous nutritional benefit natural Sea Salt and Himalayan salt provides is in a compact, affordable, and accessible source of broad-spectrum mineral elements your body needs.
The most efficient way to deliver the nutritional content embodied in Sea Salt and Himalayan Rock Salt is when the salt has been dissolved in water.
This is because when these elements are present in water, they are free ions and are more readily absorbed than food, where they are mostly bound to other substances (Kozisek, 2004).
The right mineral balance in the body is crucial. Too much of a good thing has its consequences.
How much Sea Salt or Himalayan Rock Salt to Add to your drinking water?
As a guide, start with a level teaspoon to add to 20 litres or 5 gallons of filtered water.
Before adding the natural salts to your drinking water, first, dissolve the salt by adding it to a glass of water and stir until the salts are dissolved. Then add it to your bulk water.
The water should never taste salty, which would indicate too much salt is being added.
However, with the right amount of dissolved salts added to your water, it should taste softer and more palatable and thirst satisfying. You may find doing this restores your desire to drink water, or the kids begin to like and drink the water. You may also discover you do not need to drink as much water because the water you are now drinking is more bioavailable.
While adding Sea Salt or Himalayan Rock Salt to your drinking water is a good start, but it is not the whole story.
Think like this, “Eat to live, not live to eat!”
Listen to your body, breathe deeply, exercise, eat nutritious food, drink good water, rest to build your immune system, and live a long, vital, healthy, and productive life.
By drinking filtered, distilled, and RO water without remineralizing the water, this type of water will impact your health, compromise your sense of and is a precursor to premature aging and chronic disease.
By being mindful of the amount and quality of water you drink, you reduce the likelihood of dehydration, metabolic dysfunction, headaches, cramps, general aches and pains, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, brain fag, sleeplessness, digestive problems, etc. All of which, in essence, amounts to premature aging.
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MPH, Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant
Rima Hanhan is a health coach and Nutritional consultant based in Yuma, AZ. Rima Hanhan holds a Master’s degree in Public Health/Epidemiology from Purdue University Global and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Notre Dame University, and an associate degree in applied sciences from Keystone college. She has a certificate in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and a Nutritional consultant certificate from The American Association of Nutritional Consultants (AANC). She runs her own health coaching business, where she helps her clients achieve optimal wellness through changing nutrition and lifestyle, and is passionate about evidence-based nutrition.