Weeding through the supplement world can be a bit overwhelming. With daily multivitamins, adaptogens, and everything in between, it can start to feel like our diets are overloaded with pills and potions. That’s why when we heard about the benefits of adding minerals to drinking water, we turned to Shiva Rose, author of Whole Beauty and The Local Rose, to help make sense of it all. Kourt was intrigued by Shiva and her wellness method, and through learning about her routine, the two have become good friends.
You might be surprised to learn that water does not contain minerals when it falls from the sky—the minerals actually come from contact with ground soil. But modern agricultural practices have led to widespread soil depletion. “These minerals used to be available in our rich soil, but now they’re not, and that is an issue,” explained Shiva. And even if the water source starts out rich in minerals, it might not stay that way. “With water filtration, we lose many of the minerals that we need,” said Shiva. Major methods of water filtration keep our water safe but can deplete it of its minerals.
Shiva also told us that a lack of minerals in the body can lead to serious illness. “Many people are having thyroid issues because of the lack of iodine,” she shared. “I add a few drops to help maintain good thyroid function. Fulvic acid is another I add to my water, since it boosts collagen and supports the microbiome of the stomach.”
Here are some other trace minerals Shiva suggests adding to your water:
- Iron: important for healthy blood
- Copper: aids in red blood cell production and maintains nerve cells and the immune system
- Selenium: a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals
- Chromium: improves insulin sensitivity and enhances protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism
Now that you know a bit more about minerals, you might be wondering how often you should be adding them to your water. According to Shiva, a little goes a long way. “I usually will use one type of mineral every few days and then give it a break for a day or two.” Sounds simple enough. As always, it’s best to check in with your doctor and get blood work done before self-administering minerals.