Water plays an extremely important role in our daily lives. It hydrates us and keeps our bodies functioning properly. Without water, the cells and organs in our bodies would not be able to function optimally. Aside from the survival aspect, water also plays a role in supporting the distribution of nutrients to all areas of the body and aiding in digestion, even though it cannot actually be digested by the human body.
Fact: the human body can only survive 8-14 days without water. This is dependent on factors such as body size and overall health. Since the human body is 65% water, it stands to reason that survival without water is not possible.
Many cities have government implemented water treatment and filtration plants to maintain the safety of our drinking water. These plants make a concentrated effort to filter out the harmful, and often dangerous, organisms that can deter our bodies from working properly. Even with their strict guidelines for treatment and filtration, sometimes their efforts are not quite enough. This leads us to wonder…
What is the difference between soft water and hard water?
If your home has hard water, you may find that you spend more on soaps and detergents. The reason for this is hard water needs more soap or detergent in order for lather to form, due to the hardened mineral deposits. If you have soft water, the detergents and soaps have a much easier time lathering up because the minerals have not hardened.
Another unfortunate side-effect of hard water is poorly running appliances. The heaters inside your coffee pot, for example, accumulate a scale build-up of mineral deposits that are not only unhealthy but can also make your coffee taste awful. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand my morning coffee not tasting right. Not my idea for a morning pick-me-up!
Fact: Hard water actually takes more energy to come to a boil, hence making hard water more costly on your electric bill.
With the hard water facts in mind, soft water definitely has its advantages. Clearly, soft water makes detergents and soaps easier to use and helps avoid scale build-up on appliances. These are not the only advantages. Soft water rinses soap residue a lot better from your clothing, body, hair, and scalp. This helps reduce the risk of dry skin, dry scalp or dandruff.
Soft water also leaves less white spots on our dishes when they dry. These white spots are caused by mineral deposits in hard water being left behind during the rinse cycle. The fixtures in our homes benefit also since soft water doesn’t contribute to the scale buildup in the fixtures or cause residue buildup on shower doors, walls and in sinks.
I think it is safe to say that soft water wins, hands down. That being said, if you have hard water coming into your home I would suggest investing in a good quality water filtration system for your home. Your home, body and your pocketbook will thank you!