A Brief Guide to Organic and Inorganic Minerals

If you are looking to improve your water quality, you are likely to have come across the terms organic and inorganic minerals. While most of us are familiar with minerals, since we need essential minerals for a healthy diet, but how does this affect our water quality? Although the human body needs approximately 70 minerals for our body functions, these can be detrimental to our homes and the aesthetics of our water. So, here we will explore the effects of minerals on our water quality and the differences between organic and inorganic minerals.A Brief Guide to Organic and Inorganic Minerals

The Basics of Organic Minerals:

While the term “organic” is something you may be familiar with in the grocery store, it has nothing to do with pesticides in the context of minerals in your water. Organic minerals are simply particles that are either living, previously living or have the capacity to bring life to cells. These types of minerals contain carbon and have clockwise spinning electrons, making them similar to those in the human body. Also, these cells have the ability to form ionic bonds with the body and can be broken down easily into materials that aid bodily function, for example, cell repair.

The Basics of Inorganic Minerals:

These materials have never been living and do not contain carbon. These are often metals, and the body treats them like a toxin when ingested. These minerals cannot be broken down easily and are tightly held together with counterclockwise spinning electrons. All of these characteristics make them out of sync with the human body.

The Potential Dangers of Inorganic Minerals:

Both organic and inorganic minerals can be found in water supplies as they are naturally occurring in the soil and water sources such as lakes, rivers, and streams. As water passes through the ground minerals are carried into aquifers and underground water supplies. While inorganic materials can be essential for plant growth, when they are in our drinking water, they have the potential to cause adverse effects.

The inorganic chemicals and materials cannot be absorbed as a nutrient into the cell walls in our body and end up being deposited elsewhere. This can lead to issues such as joint pain, gallstones, kidney stones or clogged arteries.

It is calculated that if you drink two pints of water per day during a 70 year lifespan, you would be consuming 4,500 gallons and an estimated 200 to 300 pounds of inorganic minerals. This is like eating a massive boulder over the course of your lifetime.

What Can Be Done:

While organic minerals can be problematic for your water supply, many of the water qualities experienced are related to inorganic mineral contamination. Hard water is a very common issue throughout the U.S, and it is caused by mineral deposits in the water. This can accumulate and clog up pipes, fixtures, and water using appliances. It can even create problems with laundry, washing dishes and bathing. Fortunately, there are many water treatment devices and systems available to eliminate inorganic minerals from your water supply. A fully WQA certified professional can test your water to determine the levels of contaminants and recommend a system that is not only best suited to your requirements, but that meets the latest industry standards.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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