How is a Low Sodium Diet Compatible with Softened Water?

How is a Low Sodium Diet Compatible with Softened Water?

How Physical Water Conditioning Differs from Water Softening

Water Hardness is a problem in many parts of the US, with particular challenges in Texas and Oklahoma. People on municipal water as well as water wells often need to condition their water to improve the quality. This can be accomplished in numerous ways, and traditionally the use of water softeners and large volumes of salt each year has been the way to go.

Many people that have hypertension (high blood pressure) must maintain a sodium-restricted diet, and depending on the level of hardness in their water, the sodium levels in the softened water can be hazardous to their health. 

Water softeners are generally safe for humans and animals, though improvements in technology have been developed that are being adopted as an alternative to salt systems in terms of:

  • Lower cost to purchase
  • Lower cost to operate
  • They do not remove Calcium and Magnesium (we need them daily)
  • No chemical or salt Additives
  • No chemical discharge, which is being banned by increasing numbers of cities

According to physicians at the Mayo Clinic, the amount of sodium added to tap water by water softeners depends on the "hardness" (the amount of calcium Ca2+ and magnesium Mg2+ ions) of the water. Reducing sodium intake by limiting salty processed foods and table salt each day is a critical component of a healthy diet, but it is also important to cut the sodium in one's water as well. Good health requires plenty of water intake per day; in the range of eight 8 ounce glasses (the 8X8 Rule). Maintaining low sodium in the daily half gallon of water we drink is an important contributor to our diet.

People can learn about the hardness of their tap water from their municipal water department or the hardness of their well water (http://www.water-research.net) and determine the amount of sodium (milligrams per liter) added to their softened water, as follows:

  1. Verify the hardness of water in grains per gallon. "Grains" is a measure of "hardness," or calcium carbonate (CaCO3), per gallon.
  2. Multiply this hardness number by 7.866 to determine the amount of sodium added to water by a typical salt-based water-softening system.
  3. Add this number to the sodium naturally occurring in the municipal or well water to obtain total sodium.

For well water, a way to estimate the amount of sodium added by salt-based water softening is to base the average of well water at 278 mg/L (although this can vary from 46 to 1,219 mg/L).  It is estimated that 17% of households using well water have sodium levels exceeding 400 mg/L.

As a general rule, the harder the water, the higher the sodium level. The actual amount of sodium in softened water will vary by brand and the actual water hardness values. (World Health Organization, March 2003, “Sodium in Drinking-water. WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality"). The water softening ion-exchange process increases the sodium concentration in the finished water since it adds two atoms of sodium for every atom of calcium removed.

According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association ("Sodium content of potable water: dietary significance," by G.C. Korch, January 1986), Americans are taking in more sodium than required for physiologic functions and that "the contribution of drinking water as a source of sodium may be overlooked".

Scientists estimate that water account for approximately 10% of a person's daily sodium intake, and for people who are on sodium-restricted diets, they must avoid drinking softened water using traditional salt-based softening technology or just tap water (approximately 42% of the United States water supplies have excess sodium).

Physical Water Conditioners vs. Ion Exchange (Salt) Water Softening

HydroFLOW physically conditions water with a frequency, and makes no chemical changes to water. It adds no salt like water softeners do, and does not remove essential minerals either.

HydroFLOW installs on the outside of any type of pipe and It immediately induces continuous frequency that extends throughout the plumbing system. This signal alters the physical properties of water forcing suspended material to cluster and remain in suspension, and prevents them from adhering to pipes and appliances. This effect is carried throughout your entire water system upstream and downstream from the HydroFLOW unit.

Existing limescale will begin to diminish, and will disappear over a period several months, leaving your pipes, showerheads, appliances free from buildup.  The clusters of calcium pass through the system and can either be filtered or allowed to go down the drain unnoticed. Energy savings is realized, water heaters perform better, and essential minerals that water softeners remove remain.

And all this is done without the use of any chemicals, backwashes or maintenance.

No added sodium to your water.

HydroFLOW does not change the chemical composition of the water in any way. It works purely on a physical basis, leaving the water completely drinkable. Essential minerals are retained in the water. Unlike water softeners, it is not necessary to do any maintenance or add anything.

HydroFLOW water conditioning is installed in hundreds of thousands of homes, commercial and industrial facilities around the world, and has only been in the U.S. for 5 years. Electronic technologies have improved quality of life significantly, and HydroFLOW significantly improves water with its patented signal.  

For your water and personal health will it be Salt or Signal for conditioning your water?

 

 

   

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