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Softened water safe, not sodium-laden

I recently moved from a house where well water was our primary source of drinking water to a new house where the drinking water is run through a softener. Are there negative health isuues associated with water going through a softener that uses salt pellets? Since moving, my thirst seems stronger, and the water doesn’t seem to satiate my thirst like the well water.

Generally softened water has little extra sodium in it. With extremely hard water, the softener will exchange some of the calcium and magnesium with sodium, but the amount is only about 12.5 milligrams in a normal-sized glass of water. This is well within the accepted range even for those on low-sodium diets. If you really want to get rid of even this tiny amount, some people choose to soften only the hot water tap and leave the cold water tap hard. This way they can still cook with soft water, save the hardness from the water heater and just drink from the cold water.

Dr. Gary Pitts is a family physician with Parkview Physicians Group and has offices in Milford and Warsaw. “Ask the Doctor” is a health column by doctors from Parkview Physicians Group. Send questions to Terri Richardson at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email Please put “Ask the Doctor” for the subject line.