Sodium Chloride and Potassium Chloride in Water Softeners
Concerns about Sodium and Potassium in softened water.
For those who need a sodium restriction, limit sodium intake to 3,000 milligrams per day as suggested by the American Heart Association. A teaspoon of salt contains 2,300 milligrams. Sodium helps your body maintain water balance. Too much sodium, can cause fluid buildup or elevated blood pressure. Low sodium can cause cramping and dehydration. High Sodium puts extra strain on the heart and can make medications less effective. Consider replacing table salt with herbs and spices. Use fresh foods instead of processed, canned, prepackaged and convenience foods to limit the amount of salt in your diet.
All water softeners can be regenerated using Sodium chlorine or Potassium chloride. Since water softeners trade hard minerals for soft minerals that it gets from the regeneration chemical, some people with restricted Sodium diets are concerned about the levels of Sodium in their softened drinking water. The best way to eliminate this concern is to regenerate your softener with Potassium chloride pellets, The softener works the same with either type.
Most tap water contains sodium even if you do not have a water softener. Areas of the south west such as El Paso Texas have 600-1200 milligrams of sodium in the water. Water supplies that border the ocean like Santa Monica California, can have salt water incursion where the ocean seeps into the fresh water adding many milligrams of sodium when compared with surrounding water supplies.
Each grain of hardness in your water will end out equaling 17.1 milligrams per liter of Sodium or Potassium depending on what you are regenerating the water softener with. With a low sodium diet of 3000 milligrams, average water would contain about 170 milligrams per liter of water. Under this scenario you would have to drink 17 liters of water or 4.6 gallons or water per day to hit the limit. Of course you take in sodium in many different foods you also eat. The point of this article, is so that you will be aware that water does indeed contain sodium.