11 months ago
Last edited at 8:34PM on 4/12/2013
No, reverse osmosis removes HARD minerals that if left in your water service would build up in the piping. Would reduce water pressure over the long term and could remove taste, smell or color from untreated water.
You could say that it removes the good minerals, but this is kind of misleading. There are not enough minerals (content wise) in the water in the first place to do you much good. You cannot obtain enough minerals from drinking water to keep you healthy in the first place. One 8 ounce glass of milk contains more calcium than a whole bathtub filled with water. You obtain most all of your minerals from food, not water. You use an RO to remove what you consider to be the bad contaminates. That is of much greater concern than worrying about what small amount of good stuff might be removed. You use water to safely rehydrate yourself, not for your daily mineral intake.
I agree with you. Hardness (calcium) in water is very beneficial because your body needs it for teeth and bones as well as nerve health. Other important trace minerals include magnesium and iron. Removing minerals makes water less healthy. Better for the water heater, worse for you.