Hard Water and its Health Effects - Ecowell India
Prolonged use of hard water can have adverse effects on our health which can otherwise be easily prevented.
Water constitutes the most important part of our diet, and as a result, a lot of our health-related problems track down to the water that we are consuming. Besides that, water is also an integral part of our other daily activities. Hence it is important to know the quality of water that we are receiving. In places where tap water is hard, people have seen deterioration in their health.
Hard Water vs Soft Water
Tap water that has a high content of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium, that it has picked up on the way from several sources, is known as hard water. The hardness of water depends on its source. Groundwater tends to be harder as it has come in contact with porous rocks made of minerals like limestone; while on the other hand, water from glaciers and flowing through igneous rocks tends to be softer. On the flip side, soft water is known to have a higher content of sodium.
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It is recommended to know the dissolved salts in the water that you are consuming to maintain the salt balance in your diet.
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Health Effects of Hard Water
The health effects of hard water are primarily due to dissolved calcium and magnesium salts in it. As per the studies and traits are seen around the globe, hard water has been known to have the worst effect on our skin and hair.
As we bathe and wash our face, hard water reacts with soap to form salts that do not wash off from your skin easily and end up clogging your pores. As a result, the skin is unable to nourish itself using its natural oils and the skin gets dried out. Due to dryness, the skin also gets itchy. As the chemicals of the soap react with hard water, your skin does not get cleaned properly due to which with time the skin tends to become prone to acne and blemishes.
People with sensitive skin tend to be further at risk of getting skin diseases like eczema since the barrier of the skin is too weak to withstand the hard minerals in the water.
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Similarly, hard water reacts with fatty acids in our shampoos to form coagulated chemical compounds that prevent your hair from getting nourished either naturally or with the help of products. Hard water also causes dryness of the scalp which causes itching. As a result, we see our hair turning grey and losing its shine. Your shampoo also tends to lather less leading to higher usage of shampoo, making hair care an expensive affair.
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When you travel to a different location and you notice a difference in the texture of your skin and hair, this likely indicates that you have been using hard water. When one moves to a soft water location, the change in the skin and hair texture is almost immediate and noticeable. The health effects of hard water become a matter of concern over time. The prevention of their effects tends to be heavy on our pockets hence the best solution is to treat the hardness of the water by installing a water softener which is a smart move for a one-time investment.
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Hope this article was useful in helping you take care of your health.