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The minerals found in water have a significant influence on a person’s health

A common misconception is that the presence of calcium in hard water is significant from a health standpoint. This misconception seems valid because dietary mineral intake is critical for good health. Therefore, if you remove the calcium, you are impacting a person’s mineral intake. What is often overlooked, however, is the fact that scientific evidence suggests that the typical levels of calcium and other dietary minerals in water are insignificant, even in very hard water.

Two liters of very hard water (the typical person consumes two liters of water per day) with 17gpg of hardness will only contain about 232 milligrams of calcium. This is about 10 percent of a person’s minimum daily requirement for calcium and would require a person to consume about 20 liters of water to met their requirement by water alone.

Most of person’s total dietary mineral intake comes from food. It should also be noted that the above calculations for calcium content assumed that the hard water contained 100 percent calcium. Typically, only three-fourths of the hardness minerals is calcium which reduces the hypothetical calcium intake even further.

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