The Magic of Minerals
Mineral Awareness Throughout History
The importance of minerals in drinking water has indeed been understood for thousands of years in various cultures around the world, and this knowledge is documented in ancient texts, including the Vedas of ancient India. Ancient civilizations, including Egypt and Mesopotamia, also recognized that certain minerals in water could affect its taste and medicinal properties.
Throughout the past century, however, the concept of mineralized water has received less attention in research compared to the primary focus on removing contaminants to ensure the safety of drinking water.
In arid regions, the demand for treated drinking water led to the widespread use of artificially-created water, like distilled, deionized, or reverse osmosis-treated water. These water types were initially intended for industrial, technical, and laboratory purposes, intentionally removing essential minerals. However, the potential health effects of consuming such mineral-free water were largely overlooked.
In the 1960s, the former Soviet Union made a significant discovery regarding potential health concerns linked to consuming desalinated water, as this process also removed essential minerals. This finding sparked global concerns about demineralized water and highlighted the importance of considering the mineral content of drinking water for human health.
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A Call to Broaden Our Priorities
In the era of Climate Change, freshwater resources are becoming scarcer, prompting an increasing dependence on the desalination of saltwater or demineralization of recycled water to meet our drinking water needs. However, in our urgency to secure more drinkable water, we have neglected to fully understand the importance of drinking water minerals in human nutrition.
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned a study to provide background information for issuing guidelines on desalinated water. The 1980 internal report concluded that completely demineralized water had a “definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism”. Based on their findings the team recommended specific minimum levels for dissolved salts, bicarbonate ions, and calcium in drinking water. 
In 2005, WHO release a report ffocusing on nutrients in drinking water, studies indicate that consuming mineralized water, especially water with high magnesium content, may offer protective effects against cardiovascular diseases. 
In a 2021 French study, the effects of two natural mineral waters from Châtel-Guyon and Vichy, France, were examined. One water had high sulfates, iron, and carbonates, while the other had a high bicarbonate content. Both mineral waters showed promise in their anti-inflammatory properties and positive impact on the gut microbiota. Additionally, they were found to reduce intestinal lesions caused by inflammation. 
The findings of these studies call for a change in the conventional regulatory approach to drinking water, which has primarily focused on the health risks of high levels of toxic substances. It is now essential for people to also recognize and consider the potential adverse effects of inadequate essential minerals in the water.
Preserving the Balance of Minerals in the Body
In the human body, water always contains minerals at specific concentrations regulated by the body. Some common minerals found in our bodies include electrolytes like sodium and potassium. These minerals are essential for the proper functioning of vital organs in the body.
Demineralized water, such as distilled water, has very few or no dissolved minerals. When consumed, the body may draw minerals from its reserves to compensate for the lack of minerals in the water, potentially leading to a dilution of electrolytes and impacted organ function. Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance due to ingesting demineralized water can include tiredness, weakness, headaches, muscle cramps, and impaired heart rate.
The minerals present in naturally-occurring, mineral-rich water play a vital role in the health of all living organisms. Your body, a true masterpiece, is formed with the help of these essential minerals. It is crucial to regularly replenish your body with these minerals to prevent depletion and ensure optimal functioning.
Ionic Minerals: Effortless Absorption for Optimal Health
One specific area in our body where minerals play a crucial role is the lining of membranes in our digestive system. These membranes have highly-selective receptors with distinct ionic charges, which attract minerals from the food and water we consume. When trace minerals exist in an ionic state, our digestive system requires very little energy for their absorption, resulting in a higher percentage of these minerals being absorbed over time. In contrast, non-ionic or colloidal minerals must undergo breakdown by the digestive system into smaller components and then be ionized, acquiring an electrical charge, before they can be absorbed by the intestinal membrane.
After ionic minerals cross the intestinal membrane, they are efficiently transported from the intestines to various cells throughout the body, where they are needed. This seamless absorption process, from ingestion to delivery to the cells, ensures that the body optimally utilizes these minerals for its various functions.