Drinking Purified Water Causes Malnutrition? ---The Answer is NO

December 8, 2016

Why Our Body Needs Minerals?

 

Minerals are inorganic elements that originate in the earth and cannot be made in the body. They play important roles in various bodily functions and are necessary to sustain life and maintain optimal health, and thus are essential nutrients. Most of the minerals in the human diet come directly from plants and water, or indirectly from animal foods. However, the mineral content of water and plant foods varies geographically because of variations in the mineral content of soil from region to region.

The amount of minerals present in the body, and their metabolic roles, varies considerably. Minerals provide structure to bones and teeth and participate in energy production, the building of protein, blood formation, and several other metabolic processes.

Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.

 

 

 

What Kinds of Minerals Do We Need?

 

Minerals are categorized into major and trace minerals, depending on the amount needed per day. Major minerals are those that are required in the amounts of 100 mg (milligrams) or more, while trace minerals are required in amounts less than 100 mg per day. The terms major and trace, however, do not reflect the importance of a mineral in maintaining health, as a deficiency of either can be harmful.

Some body processes require several minerals to work together. For example, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus are all important for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones. Some minerals compete with each other for absorption, and they interact with other nutrients as well, which can affect their bioavailability.

 

 

 

What Minerals Are Essential To Us and Where Are They Majorly From?

 

The major minerals present in the body include sodium, iron,potassium, zinc,chloride, calcium,selenium, iodine, magnesium,phosphorus, and sulfur,etc.

 

Calcium

What it does: Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Helps muscles work. Supports cell communication.

Food sources include: Dairy products, broccoli, dark leafy greens like spinach and rhubarb, and fortified products, such as orange juice, soy milk, and tofu

 

Iron:

The body needs iron to transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.Your entire body needs oxygen to stay healthy and alive. Iron helps because it's important in the formation of hemoglobin which is the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

 

Potassium:

Potassium keeps your muscles and nervous system working properly. Did you know your blood and body tissues, such as muscles, contain water? They do, and potassium helps make sure the amount of water is just right between cells and body fluids.

 

Zinc:

Zinc helps your immune system which is your body's system for fighting off illnesses and infections. It also helps with cell growth and helps heal wounds,such as cuts.

 

Magnesium:

Magnesium is the eleventh most abundant element by mass in the human body. Its ions are essential to all cells. Magnesium compounds are used medicinally as common laxatives, antacids (e.g., milk of magnesia) and to stabilize abnormal nerve excitation or blood vessel spasm such as in eclampsia.

 

Selenium:

Selenium salts are toxic in large amounts, but trace amounts are necessary for cellular function in many organisms, including all animals, and is an ingredient in many multi-vitamins and other dietary supplements, including infant formula.

 

Iodine:

Iodine is required by higher animals for synthesizing thyroid hormones, which contain the element.

 

 

 

How Much Do We Need For Each Useful Mineral and Where Are They Mainly Coming From?

 

Calcium:

800mg/day

· dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt

· canned salmon and sardines with bones

· leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli

· calcium-fortified foods — from orangejuice to cereals and crackers

 

Iron:

10mg/day

· meat, especially red meat, such as beef

· tuna and salmon

· eggs

· beans

· baked potato with skins

· dried fruits, like raisins

· leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli

· whole and enriched grains, like wheat groats

 

Potassium:

1.6-2.0g/day

· bananas

· tomatoes

· potatoes and sweet potatoes, with skins

· green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli

· citrus fruits, like oranges

· low-fat milk and yogurt

· legumes, such as beans, split peas, and lentils

 

Zinc:

15mg/day

· beef, pork, and dark meat chicken

· nuts, such as cashews, almonds, and peanuts

· legumes, such as beans, split peas, and lentils

 

Magnesium:

2.5-5mg/day

· grains, walnut, and peas

· green vegetable (such as spinach)

· fish, meat, and milk products

 

Selenium:

0.05-0.2mg/day

· grains, eggs, and bread

· fish, meat, and liver

 

Iodine:

20-150mg/day

· salt, and grains

· milk

 

When people don't get enough of these important minerals,they can have health problems. For instance, too little calcium — especially when you're a kid — can lead to weaker bones. Some kids may take mineral supplements, but most kids don't need them if they eat a nutritious diet. So eat those minerals and stay healthy!

 

 

 

How Much Mineral Can We Get From Water?

 

Opponents argue that long-term and large-amount drinking of purified water is harmful to the health because it barely contains any organic minerals which are essential components or media for metabolism.

For this, deputy dean from Beijing Shiji Hospital clarifies in an interview on CCTV that “The nutrition we can get through daily drinking of water is very limited and can be even ignored. And there is no evidence showing that drinking purified water leads to malnutrition”.

Gu Jiuchuang, secretary of China Purified Water Industry Association, also has it that “Being on top of the seven most important nutrition (Water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and trace elements,vitamins and cellulose), water is considered as pure nutrient. The function of water is not to supply minerals and trace elements which account for an extremely small percentage in water. On the contrary, most minerals and trace elements our bodies need come from food (such as vegetable, fruit, milk, rice and meat). Therefore, it's not a wise choice to get nutrition for our body mainly through drinking".

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

There are many ways to get trace elements for our bodies. While water is just one of the worst effective methods, food like eggs, beans, grains, fish, milk and animal meat are major food to get those useful minerals and trace elements. All in all, it doesn’t hold water to say that drinking purified water causes malnutrition, which is just a lame excuse for hyping by some black-hearted businessman to promote their market through unfair competition in which they are trying to mislead the consumers.

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