Drugs often treat maladies that are the result of poor mineral nutrition. Adding minerals back into the diet may diminish the tendency to resort to drug treatments for minor or chronic ailments. Modern farming has trended towards a similar model, adding chemical fertilizers into soil to restore plant health that has declined due to low mineral content in the soil. All plants and animals require minerals to grow and maintain health. Consistently adding minerals and electrolytes to your water can help maintain health and avoid damage caused by mineral deficiency. A long-term buildup of essential nutrients is more healthy than mega-doses of elements in drug-level amounts.