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Posted by: Adelle | 2003/02/20

Can purified drinking water be too clean to drink?

Many people buy bottled water to drink and others install water purifying systems in their homes. There are a few options in cleaning normal tap water. Multiple filtration, followed by reverse osmoses is an option. Can water that gets treated by reverse osmoses be harmfull to you? The process of reverse osmoses will take some of the minerals out of the water. Can water be too clean (lack of minerals) to dink and thus be harmfull in the long term?

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Dear Adelle
Considering that people who eat a balanced diet do ingest more than sufficient minerals and trace elements, purifying water may not cause deficiencies. The only trace element that would be affected is fluoride which we need for strong healthy teeth and bones. This lack can be compensated for by taking fluoride tablets and using fluoride toothpaste and mouth washes.
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