3 Possible Side Effects of Drinking Softened Water

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Softened water might be better for your plumbing and appliances, but are there any side effects you should be aware of if you plan to drink the water from your softener?

Here, we’ve discussed the possible side effects of drinking softened water, including gastrointestinal effects, effects of increased sodium intake, and effects of reduced mineral intake.

Here are three possible side effects that you may experience as a result of drinking softened water.

GASTROINTESTINAL UPSET

First, you might experience symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, when you drink softened water for the first time.

EFFECTS DUE TO REDUCED MINERAL INTAKE

You’re only likely to experience these effects if you rely on your drinking water for trace amounts of calcium and magnesium.

EFFECTS DUE TO INCREASED SODIUM INTAKE

Finally, it’s possible that you may experience some unwanted side effects as a result of the increased sodium levels in softened water.

How much sodium your body can tolerate depends on factors including your age, weight, and gender, but the RDI for sodium is 2,300mg for a healthy adult.

Soft water only contains traces of sodium and will hardly affect your salt intake, so it’s not something to worry about unless your diet is very high in sodium anyway.

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