According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, you should drink from 11.5 to 15.5 cups of water daily. The easiest and most cost-effective way to get water is in your home. Since tap water comes from underground or surface sources, it can include some minerals after disinfection. Don’t worry; this water contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, meets the Safe Drinking Water Act’s regulations, and has some health benefits.
As school teaches students that drinking milk full of calcium makes your teeth and bones strong, it has even more benefits. Your heart, muscles, and nerves need calcium to function efficiently. Calcium can also help decrease the risk of osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
Magnesium may sound like a scary mineral, but it plays a vital role in our health. Magnesium helps convert proteins into energy and contributes to heart health and the functioning of our nervous system. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 48% of Americans ingest less than the recommended amount of magnesium, leading to a magnesium deficiency characterized by weakness, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, and personality changes.
Potassium, commonly known as a primary nutrient in foods like bananas and leafy greens, helps our muscles contract and relax and maintain a safe balance of fluids in our cells. Potassium can also regulate fluid levels through our kidneys, allowing the body to reduce blood pressure, contributing to good cardiovascular health.
What If I Don’t Like the Taste of My Tap Water?
Your tap water will most likely have these minerals in Maine, and that’s okay. However, some people may not like the amount of minerals in their water due to the taste or residue that water with minerals can leave on their surfaces, known as hard water.
If you don’t like how your tap water tastes, you should consider some alternatives, including water filtration systems or water softeners.
Work with Fontus Water Treatment
At Fontus Water Treatment, we can test your water to ensure it contains only healthy amounts of minerals and not contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and radon. We also work with many homeowners throughout the Portland area to install water treatment systems to ensure the best water for you and your family.
Visit us online or contact us at (207) 865-8165 to learn how we can bring you better-quality water.