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Is Hard or Soft Water Harder on Your Health?

Do you spot a thin chalky deposit on your dishes or household appliances even after you’ve washed them? Do you have a hard time washing off soap and shampoo suds after your shower? Your kitchen pipes may be clogged with thick deposits and your apartment swimming pool water could be a bit cloudy too. When you drink this water straight from your tap, it could have a distinctive smell or saltiness. If you can relate to any of this, you have hard water flowing through your supply system. If not, you have soft water in your home.

What is the difference between the two? Is hard water harmful to your health? Why do you need to know more on this subject? Pure Northern Spring Water takes you back to science class to explain simply.

The Hard Truth About Mineral Rich Water

Which one is better for your health and lifestyle? Hard water or soft? Read the differences between the two and the surprising truth:

Good to Drink: While a thick deposit from hard water can clog your pipes and overheat boilers, drinking the water is not dangerous to your health.
Rich in Minerals: Hard water is simply more rich in calcium and magnesium, and perfectly good for consumption. The National Research Council claims that it can be a dietary supplement for those with magnesium and calcium deficiencies.
Reduces Heart Problems: Hard water is known to reduce cardiovascular diseases and dissolves potentially toxic metal ions like lead and copper.
Increases Hair Damage: Regular use of hard water can make your hair colour fade faster, increase hair loss or leave behind a flaky deposit on your scalp. It may leave your hair feeling sticky and rough after a shampoo or leave your skin feeling dry after a shower.
Permanent Hard Water: If there is no difference to the taste, smell or effects after boiling, this water is classified as Permanently Hard.
Temporary Hard Water: If boiling reduces the density of calcium and magnesium bicarbonate minerals, leaving the water softer after cooling, the liquid is classified as Soft Water.

Is Soft Water Soft on Your Health?

On the other hand, soft water tastes smoother and lighter but affects you in other ways:

Less Hair Volume: It can leave your hair limp and oily after a wash. The higher sodium content in soft water is responsible for this.
● Emits Lead: It can emit lead from old pipes in the water supply system. Lead is known to damage red blood cells and impeded oxygen flow to different parts of the body.
No Health Properties: Soft water travels through hard rocks like granite, so it does not contain many minerals. This also means it does not enrich your body with minerals like hard water does.
Increased Sodium: It is easier to wash off when you shower and shampoo but it has no extra benefits and can be harmful if consumed regularly because ingesting higher sodium levels increases cardiovascular problems, blood pressure, and water retention.
Soft Water Examples: Rainwater and distilled water are soft.

Pure Northern Spring Water – Refreshing Taste and Good Health

Pure Northern Spring Water has been voted “People’s Choice Bottled Water retailer” time and again. Drink it to see the difference in taste and your health. We provide a selection of drinking water options for your convenience: Reverse Osmosis, Distilled Water processed at our Dawson Creek facility and Natural Spring Water sourced locally at a natural aquifer in Doe River, British Columbia. Check out the full range on our website.