Mineral water as a supplier of nutrients
Mineral water as supplier of nutrients
Natural mineral water contains valuable minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Like vitamins, they are vital nutrients. Since the body cannot produce them on its own, they need to be ingested with the food eaten every day – otherwise health, well-being and productivity are negatively affected.
Of the minerals required, it is especially calcium that we don't get enough of. In almost every age-group the supply is too low – this goes especially for young women. Because of this, the risk of developing osteoporosis (brittleness of the bones) later on in life rises. Similarly unsatisfactory is the supply of magnesium. But a sufficient amount of magnesium is crucial to physical and mental performance.
On the other hand, Germans still imbibe too much sodium through their intake of salt (sodium chloride). In some people, this facilitates the development of high blood pressure and thus increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
A mineral water such as Gerolsteiner, which contains a lot of calcium and magnesium but is low on sodium, is practically a custom-made mineral supplier. With a calcium content of 347 mg and a magnesium content of 108 mg per liter, a liter of Gerolsteiner Sprudel or Gerolsteiner Stille Quelle covers a third of the daily requirement of these two nutrients. Gerolsteiner Naturell without carbon dioxide is especially low on sodium – and thus also suitable for the preparation of baby food.
What are minerals good for?
Minerals are essential to keeping the human metabolism up and running. Natural mineral and health waters contain minerals and trace elements in a solubilized state, which makes them easily ingestable by the body during food consumption, ready for immediate utilization.
The valuable minerals and trace elements, that mineral water contains by nature, have a positive effect on the organism. Minerals are essential to the development of bones and teeth and indispensable to blood clotting and the function of the nerves. They make sure the metabolism runs smoothly and help regulate the natural balance of bodily fluids.
The body only requires minuscule amounts of trace elements – just "traces". Nevertheless, their importance is not to be underestimated. Trace elements belong to the "function supporting substances in nutrition". The have a supporting influence on the metabolic processes of the human body.
The body's daily loss of minerals is compensated for by a balanced diet. Exceptions are deficiencies in iodine and iron, that need to be specifically treated frequently. People who eat very one-sidedly or stay on long diets risk a general mineral deficiency. Special care needs to be taken with children and youths who are still in their growth, and also with elderly people, since they have higher mineral requirements.
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