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Posted by: Thomas Wolter
Date: November 21, 1999 6:33 AM

Since there is some evidence that softening water increases the sodium concentration in the body, I wonder if I can increase the potassium concentration in my body by softening my water with potassium chloride. If so how much of this water could I safely use before upseting the balance in the other direction?

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 21, 1999 11:05 PM

If you have a sodium / potassium imbalance in your body, that needs to be looked at, diagnosed, and properly treated by a doctor in a proper fashion. If you do not have a sodium / potassium imbalance, you do yourself no benefit by adding or subtracting these things from your drinking water. If you do have an imbalance you are not wise to try to invent treatments on your own. The wheel has already been invented and the mistakes involved do not need to be repeated.

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