Every day, you will hear health experts talking about the importance of minerals in our diets. The human body requires approximately 70 different types of minerals for necessary functions, but not all minerals are beneficial. This can lead to confusion since many consumers are unaware of the differences between organic and inorganic minerals. Here we will explore these differences, so you can have all the information you need for health and wellbeing.  

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A Brief Overview: 

Organic minerals are living or were once living. They contain carbon and can promote cell life. The electrons in organic minerals spin clockwise, which is the same as the human body. Additionally, the cells of these minerals can create an ionic bond with the body and can be easily broken down into necessary materials for bodily functions.

On the other hand, inorganic minerals are without carbon and have never been living. The body treats these minerals like a toxin, which means that they cannot be broken down easily. Inorganic materials also have electrons that spin counterclockwise, making them out of sync with the human body.  

The Negative Effects of Inorganic Minerals: 

While organic minerals can be beneficial to the body, inorganic minerals can have some significant negative effects. Inorganic minerals are typically removed from water supplies during the natural water cycle, but as water runs through the ground, it picks up inorganic minerals.

When we consume inorganic materials, they cannot be fully absorbed by the body as a nutrient. They cannot pass through the cell walls, which mean that they are deposited in other areas of the body. This process can cause numerous negative effects including joint pain, arthritis, clogged arteries, and gallstones. If you need to understand how detrimental inorganic materials can be to the body, you only need to look at your plumbing fixtures. Calcium carbonate or lime is a common inorganic mineral, which creates a deposit on fixtures, bathtubs, and showers. This takes special cleaning products to remove and can cause permanent damage to your fixtures.  

The Extent of the Problem: 

Although you may think that a little bit of inorganic material in your water supply is no big deal, Dr. Norman W. Walker disagrees. Dr. Walker has calculated that if you drink two pints of water each day over a 70 year lifespan, you would drink a total of 4,500 gallons. This could add up to 200 to 300 pounds of inorganic minerals that the body cannot be used. He states that much of these minerals would be deposited in the water, lymph and blood systems of the body and would need to be excreted. Unfortunately, not all of these deposits could be expelled, which can result in significant health implications. 

Fortunately, it is not inevitable that you need to consume contaminated water. A WQA certified water specialist can advise you on the types of domestic water treatment solutions available to eliminate excess minerals in your drinking water. A technician can perform water testing to provide recommendations of systems best suited to the particular water conditions in your area.  

About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices.


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