High Blood Pressure

Relationship between Water Softener Salt and High Blood Pressure

Hard water is not usable for either domestic or industrial purposes. Hard water can be softened and made fit to be used for drinking, washing and cooking. Water softening is carried out with the help of a tank that contains negatively charged plastic beads. These beads are bonded with salt.

This salt has weaker hydrogen bonds in comparison to magnesium or calcium. When hard water is passed through the tank the minerals, which make the water hard, are replaced by the sodium or calcium ions in the plastic beads.

There may be one issue. There seems to be a relationship between the use of water softener salt and high blood pressure.  Water softener salt contains calcium or sodium chloride. While using this water softener, for making the water fit for domestic purpose, the sodium chloride is mixed with the water. This raised the content of sodium chloride in the water. This may be harmful for people with high blood pressure.

Although water softener salt is necessary for certain types of hard water conversion, it may prove harmful for hypertensive patients. In that case, water softener, containing potassium chloride, may be a good alternative. This is however costlier in comparison to sodium chloride.

The amount of water softener salt that is to be used depends on the extent of brackishness in the hard water. It also depends on the total volume of water that needs to be converted into soft water. If there are hypertensive patients in the family then the amount of sodium chloride should be reduced. Excessive consumption of sodium chloride is not good for anyone, whether hypertensive or not.

In case of people with high blood pressure, the increased content of sodium may prove detrimental. It may lead to a serious problem, particularly when the patient is not aware of the consequences of using a sodium chloride based water softener. It has been clinically proved that increased sodium intake may induce high blood pressure, and therefore, the consumption of salt is restricted to 5 gm per day.

If you have a supply of hard water that needs to be converted into soft water, then another alternative that you can think of is using a magnetic water softening plant.