The Importance Of Remineralization Through Food

Laurentine ten Bosch LAURENTINE TEN BOSCH

Here at Food Matters, we love fueling our bodies with the cleanest, most nutritious foods possible. The same story exists for the water we drink. Water is essential for us to survive, but not all water is the same, or even safe to drink. As adults, our bodies are made up of approximately 65 percent water, hence why drinking the purest water possible is so important! 

The popularity of reverse osmosis (RO) water has gradually gained popularity as a way to purify water at home since it was introduced in the 1970s. In case you have never heard of the term before, “reverse osmosis” simply refers to a water purification process in where water is forced through a semipermeable membrane in order to remove 90-99% of tap water impurities. As well as at-home water purification systems, store-bought bottled water has usually gone through the RO process.

There is a lot of mixed information floating around the internet about the pros and cons of drinking RO water. 

We Thought We Would ‘Clear The Water’ And Help You Understand What’s Really Happening

During the RO process, all the nasties found in regular water, as well as most mineral particles (such as calcium, magnesium and potassium) are removed by the semi-permeable membrane of the RO system as these molecules are larger than water molecules. This process cleans the water from toxins, but also leads to the water becoming ‘demineralized’. This water is often referred to as ‘dead water’ as these minerals have been removed to which people will often add liquid minerals to the water to improve the taste. This however, is not necessarily the case as this water is actually live and in it’s purest form. Many state-of-the-art filtration system remove dangerous pollutants, dissolved contaminants, fluoride and toxins, providing you with impeccably pure water for optimum health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organization has conducted many studies that reveal there may be several health consequences associated with drinking demineralized water and not replenishing your bodies with the vitamins and minerals your body typically needs. These include gastrointestinal problems, bone density issues, joint conditions and cardiovascular disease.

There is however, a solution to make sure we are still receiving the vital minerals we need via the water we drink, without having to consume the nasties as well.

Although there are remineralization systems available to purchase, these products are unnecessary, can take up lots of bench space, and put a dent in your wallet. Instead of adding manufactured minerals to your water, it makes way more sense to replenish your body with minerals in the most natural way possible - via the food we eat!

Here are some of our favourite ways to combine pure, clean water with healthy, nutritious foods. This will ensure maximum absorption of nutrients from what could be considered the body's most essential ingredients - food and water.

Try Adding These Foods Into Your Diet For A Healthy Dose Of Vitamins And Minerals:

  • Seeds such as sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds as well as nuts such as brazil nuts, almonds, cashew and pistachios are high in potassium, calcium and magnesium. Add a handful of your prefered nuts and seeds into your smoothie, add some of your favorite fruits and blend with filtered water.
  • Add dark, leafy greens to your smoothie as these are loaded with iron and calcium.
  • To get the cleanest, “greenest” drink possible, be sure to use filtered water in place of regular tap water when you combine with your favorite greens powder. 
  • Shake up a tasty protein packed drink with filtered water either between meals or after a workout.
  • Cacao is jam-packed full of iron and magnesium. Try blending your favorite chocolatey drink with filtered water for a nutrient boost.

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