The value of a water filter
Are you concerned about having clean water for your family? If you said yes, you’re in good company. Water is more polluted than every before. So is the solution to buy all your water bottled? Or what about a good water filter?
Before I answer that, let’s go over the contaminants you’ll find in your drinking water.
- Chlorine – Used to kill bacteria in water, but harmful to drink
- Fluoride – Added to public water to help prevent tooth decay. The jury is still our about whether it is safe to drink.
- Heavy Metals – Found in high levels in most drinking water.
- Pesticides – Often existing with other potentially toxic environmental contaminants.
- Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – Prevalent in tap water and thought to be a factor in the rise in hormone dependent cancers like cancer of the prostate and breast.
Drinking water is important to health. But the Catch-22 is drinking all these chemicals is health destructive. So what’s a health conscious, wanna-be hydrated person to do? Find a way to improve the quality of drinking water.
Before we get started on the best options for clean drinking water, let’s talk about a couple of standard, go-to water options. These are some of the most often chosen solutions for clean water. But are they really the best option?
Most common go-to “clean water” solutions
Bottled water – Yes, the label may say it comes from a mountain stream. But it probably comes from the faucet. Many studies show that bottled water is no less toxic than the water found in your sink. Additionally, it is often shipped to store shelves in hot trucks, allowing the plastic bottle to melt chemicals into the drinking water. Bottled water is fine to drink occasionally but is not healthy to drink as a main source of water.
Pitchers (like Brita) – These filters use GACs (granulated activated carbon) to filter our out chlorine and make water taste better. The downside is that the filters are extremely basic and leave behind the majority of contaminants. So they produce water this is still high in toxicity.
For truly clean water, look beyond bottled water or the water pitcher.
Better Water Filter Options
Reverse Osmosis Filters – These filters use a tank meaning they require space and are most accessible to home owners. They also come with a higher price tag. However, they are very effective. They work via a membrane to reduce a large number of contaminants. And if they are paired with a carbon block, they become even better at removing chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
Ion Exchange Filters – These filters are another effective method for removing poisonous and harmful toxins from water. Like reverse osmosis filters, the downside to this method it that it does not remove chlorine. This means that to be most effective, this filter must be paired with a carbon block as well.
Gravity-Fed Drip Filters – These filters use carbon block filtration and gravity to slowly purify the water. This process takes longer than other methods, but is effective at removing a wide variety of contaminants. These filter systems often take up less space making them a more viable option for those who live in apartments or small homes. And while they come with a higher price tag than a pitcher system, they are still economical.
Distillation – This is another economical option that will often fit on your counter top. The downside to distillation is that this method is dependent on heat for water purification. And different toxins respond to heat in different ways. This means some types of toxins won’t be removed during the purification process. However, this method is much more effective than pitcher systems.
A whole home filtration system is best. These systems often use multiple methods of filtration to cleanse the water not only in your faucet, but also in your shower and the rest of your home. But don’t despair if you don’t own your home or have a few thousand dollars to spare. As has been highlighted so far, there are many good options that are also more compact.
I personally use the Aquasana Clean Water Machine. This uses an ion exchange filter with a carbon block and sits right on my counter top in my apartment. It require electricity as it uses power instead of gravity to pump the water through the filter.
It is important to filter your shower water as thoroughly as your drinking water. So if you don’t have a whole home filtration system, you can easily add a filter to your shower head. When bathing in hot water, your pores are open and able to absorb more toxins. If you wouldn’t drink it, you don’t want to bathe in it either. I use an Aquasana shower head filter too.
Any water filter is better than using nothing
Get the best water filter system you can. A pitcher is better than nothing, so don’t throw it out if that is the only option. But just know that there are better options that are only a little more expensive. You can save a few dollars a week and purchase a better system within a few months.
Do you use a water filter? Are you thinking of purchasing one? Have you been drinking all your water out of bottle?Let me know in the comments below!