hard waterThe term ‘hard water’ refers to water that contains high amounts of minerals and heavy metals in the form of ions. Common contents include zinc, lead, copper, magnesium, iron and calcium, which can’t be seen easily by the naked eye, but we can see spotted glasses and white-encrusted faucets. What effect can hard water have on your health?

Well, the truth is it can either have a good effect or a bad effect. The taste might be unpleasant, but because it contains magnesium and calcium, it may benefit your health. Both magnesium and calcium are essential minerals for your body. Magnesium helps prevent diabetes mellitus and cardiac arrhythmia, among other conditions, and calcium makes bones strong and helps prevent osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, obesity, stroke and hypertension.

That said, however, drinking hard water can have very adverse effects on your body because it contains other minerals that have no health benefits at all. Minerals like zinc, lead and iron can cause irritation, acne, rosacea, skin inflammation and enlarged pores when coming into contact with sensitive skin. They act as free radicals that destroy healthy skin cells, and over time, they can compromise your skin’s inherent protective abilities.

The solution to hard water is to have a softening or water conditioning system installed by a professional plumber.

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