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Magnesium: Water to the rescue!
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Magnesium can help turn-off pre-diabetic patterns like low HDL and small LDL, reduce blood pressure, and prevent heart rhythm disorders. But getting adequate magnesium from water and food is getting increasingly difficult. As a result, the average American is significantly deficient.

Here’s the Track Your Plaque guide to using water to increase your magnesium intake.

Is Your Water Killing You?

In “Is Your Water Killing You?”, our last report on the health implications of water, we discussed how the purification process to produce drinking water removes the majority of contaminants like lead, pesticide residues, nitrates, etc., but also removes desirable minerals like calcium and magnesium. Many Americans, distrustful of their city-treated water, have also added water filters or purifiers that extract any remaining minerals.

This problem has been compounded even further by modern enthusiasm for bottled water. Americans consumed nearly 8 billion gallons last year. In the U.S., nearly all bottled water has little or no magnesium. The result is that little or no magnesium is obtainable through most water sources, bottled or tap.

In “Is Your Water Killing You?”, we advised you to obtain magnesium via foods rich in magnesium and through supplements like magnesium citrate. However, there’s one more way to get healthful magnesium in your body: choosing water that is rich in magnesium.

Unfortunately, in the U.S., that’s not easy. The FDA regulates bottled water and they mandate that the only additives permitted are fluoride and antimicrobials to deter bacteria from growing—that’s it.

Magnesium deficiency has reached a level such that measurable increases in sudden death have been reported in regions with the lowest water magnesium levels. These data have caught the attention of national and international public health officials. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on the quality of drinking water cited 80 studies that have examined the relationship between cardiovascular death and water hardness (measured principally by magnesium and calcium content). The WHO concluded that magnesium content of water is indeed a cardiovascular risk and should become a priority for water supplementation.

A Water Primer

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the quality of tap water, it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that’s responsible for regulating bottled water. In 1995, the FDA issued its most recent set of regulations. They classify various waters as:

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