How to Remineralize Water? Here’s How to Get Started
Once you research and read up on reverse osmosis filtration systems, probably the most common complaint or concern you hear about is drinking demineralized water. In this guide, we will address those concerns as well as give you practical advice on how to remineralize your water.
How does water get demineralized?
Reverse osmosis isn’t the only filtration system that demineralizes water. Most types of filtration systems work by discriminating against elements of a certain size, ionic charge or other traits. Whether it be a traditional filter mechanism or the semipermeable membrane found in reverse osmosis systems.
This unavoidably leads to “good” minerals also getting axed.
Why remineralize water?
The most important thing to realize that while demineralized water does rob you of certain macro minerals and nutrients, there isn’t much scientific proof that it is actually detrimental to your health in itself.
If you have the time to properly plan your meals or you are willing to buy supplements you can also get all these minerals and nutrients from other sources. However, we know that in today’s hectic, fast-paced lifestyle it’s very hard to do so. For many, water is an important source of these minerals.
Just to show you how contentious and complicated the debate is, many also argue that the form in which these minerals are present in drinking water isn’t really absorbed by the body anyway. Meaning that the minerals found in drinking water aren’t much use to us if it is true.
To summarize, you don’t have to worry about drinking demineralized water and you also don’t have to remineralize your water. It’s all down to personal taste, lifestyle, needs, and beliefs.
However, what is important to realize is that the contaminants often found in our water supply has very real health risks. This is the main reason you should use reverse osmosis, even at the cost of demineralizing your water. Taking in slightly less macro minerals isn’t nearly as bad as consuming water with contaminants such as lead, arsenic, cholera, and carcinogens.
So, with that in mind let’s look at some of the supposed health risks when it comes to drinking demineralized water and the benefits of drinking mineral-rich water.
Downsides to demineralized water
- Consumption of less important minerals and nutrients. You can always supplement these with your food or with supplements.
- Reverse osmosis does get rid of most of the water that goes in it and drains it as waste water. However, drinking water forms a small part of our daily water usage.
- A recent study suggests a very loose correlation between demineralized water and cardiovascular diseases. However, this is not conclusive
Benefits of remineralized water
- Often, the methods used to remineralize water add the minerals in a form that is much easier to absorb for the human body than even its natural form
- If your water has been purified through reverse osmosis and then remineralized you will be drinking water that is completely contaminant-free but also contains all the essential nutrients. Technically, this is the best kind of water you can drink.
- Higher daily intake of many macronutrients such as magnesium, calcium, etc.
- A bonus is that your water will undoubtedly taste better. RO water can be extremely flat. The slightly more alkaline water with a better pH balance has a much better taste.
Ways to remineralize water
Here are some of the ways of remineralizing water…
#1 – Reverse osmosis system with mineral replenishing filter
Because of the concerns risked around demineralized water and the fact that mineralized water tends to have a better taste, many new reverse osmosis water systems come with a remineralizer.
Although it isn’t the norm yet, products that do this are slowly popping up in the market. One great example is the Aquasana AQ-RO-3.55 OptimH2O Reverse Osmosis Fluoride Water Filter.
It might also be called a pH balancing filter since it reduces the acidity and makes the water more alkaline. These systems use a special component that infuses the water with the minerals This component obviously runs out of the minerals and will need to be replaced, much like a filter.
#2 – Trace mineral drops
This is a very inexpensive and straightforward method to remineralize your water. It really is as easy as adding a few trace mineral drops to your drinking water glass or supply. These mineral drops contain many essential macro minerals such as magnesium, calcium, chromium, copper, zinc, and manganese.
As these minerals are already in their electrolyte or ionic form they are absorbed very easily by the body. Many argue that the form these minerals are usually in, in normal drinking water isn’t absorbed easily by the body anyway.
An 8 fluid ounce bottle is said to be able to remineralize up to 200 gallons of water, which is pretty incredible. On top of that, they usually only cost around $20.
#3 – Mineral infusing water filter bottle
Just as the name suggests, these water bottles do it all in one convenient, carry-with item. Water filtration bottles that filter your regular tap water when you drink it are old news and already used by many, especially for camping, hiking, and other outdoor uses.
These bottles range in prices according to the functionality they have and how they infuse or filter the water. Some of the methods they use are negative ion balls and minerals. They also make use of a special kind of clay called kaolin clay as well as nanosilver filters to filter the water.
These bottles are very new on the market so you might have some trouble finding one.
#4 – Alkaline pitchers
These are a bit more common and have been around a while longer than the water bottles above. As we have explained most of the minerals filtered out during reverse osmosis are alkaline in nature. This could lead to water that is slightly acidic and doesn’t have that balanced taste.
Alkaline pitchers take care of that by trying to rebalance the pH levels in your drinking water. It could be a great combination with a reverse osmosis system where you fill the bottle and store it in the fridge to cool down. When you pour a glass of drinking water you will have pure, cool, and pH-balanced water.
Just like a reverse osmosis system (or anything with a filter) the filter has a lifespan that you should be aware of. When it comes to its end you will need to replace it to keep enjoying the benefits of remineralized water.
#5 – Mineral salt
This one might surprise you but adding a mineral-rich salt like Himalayan sea salt. This type of salt has more than 80 types of minerals, meaning it can have just as potent a result as some mineral infusions.
The obvious caveat is that it will make your water taste slightly salty, even though you just need to add a pinch. However, we should mention that it’s much less salty than run of the mill table salt so it will barely be noticeable.
Most mineral-rich salts will have the same effect, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Himalayan salt. Other types have their own mineral blend and you can mix or rotate them for extra effect.
So, we help this guide has not only allayed your fears of demineralized water but also provided you with the knowledge and options to remineralize your water. Purifying your water through reverse osmosis first and then remineralizing it gives you the best quality drinking water that ticks all the boxes. You can even buy reverse osmosis systems that automatically remineralize your water!