A few months ago a friend shared with me that the water we drank at work was not clean all that clean despite it being from a filtration system. This discovery had me carrying water from home thinking it was cleaner, however her portable water tester showed that it actually was only slightly better. The confusion began when I asked what the tester was testing. She was not sure, but that water should be as close to a .02 reading as possible. Work was showing in the 80’s and my home water was showing in the 60’s.
My friend shared with me that she had gotten a Reverse Osmosis filter and found that her headaches diminished. I wanted clean water and decided to look into the same water filtration system . Of course reading the product description it seemed perfect. When it was delivered we had a few problems getting it connected to our faucet which lead to the hubby having to replace the faucet which in the long run was perfect upgrade.
And then we had the clean water we wanted for better health. Or did we?
I’ve been wanting to write this post for about a month now, but it just never happened. Well now I am so grateful that I finally got around to really digging in and researching what the RO system does so that I could share my findings. Except what I found was not at all what I expected. I will not bore you with all the scientific mumbo gumbo, but have highlighted the points of health concerns that caught my attention.
Reverse osmosis removes the minerals of the water including to those referred to as electrolytes. Understandably we need dietary minerals every day to remain healthy. The purpose of reverse osmosis was to demineralize systems in industries. I want healthy minerals, without contaminants.
The electrolyte balance allows the cells of the body to remain well hydrated. Drinking distilled water is not hydrating and the water from a reverse osmosis purifying system is similar to those of a distiller. I don’t know about you, but one major reason I drink water is to be hydrated.
An unexpected disadvantage of the reverse osmosis water filter is that it is very wasteful. Because of the nature of the process, for every gallon of filtered water produced by reverse osmosis, two to three gallons get wasted right down the sink. I do not like this aspect of waste at all.
Reverse osmosis, by removing alkaline mineral constituents of water, produces acidic water. Acidic water can be dangerous to the body system, causing calcium and other essential minerals to be stripped from bones and teeth in order to neutralize its acidity.
Carbon systems leave healthy minerals intact and instead remove all the organic and synthetic pollutants like those in pesticides, fertilizers and household cleansers. Depending upon the type of filter used however can lead to more confusion. For example, granular filters do not utilize the chemical adsorption process, allowing several contaminants to pass through the filter media and rapid water filters allot water inadequate contact time with the filter media, limiting the number of contaminants that may be removed. A solid block carbon filters solve both of these problems by using both adsorptive and slow filtration processes.
I’ve decided through all various sources that a solid block carbon filter is the correct direction for me and my family for the most effective water filtration system. With that said I am removing the reverse osmosis system and going to the Clear2O jug.
On a similar note, when I purchased the RO system I also purchased a shower filter and was happy to discover that using such a filter does have its healthy benefits which is fantastic news because I absolutely love mine!