The Importance Of Water Filters:
Americans seem to be becoming more and more health consciousas time goes by. As we become more aware of our health, we see what’s been lacking in our lives. When it comes to diet, one of these things is water. If you missed my newsletters be sure to sign up, as I talk about the importance of water in our diet and easy ways to consume it.
Unfortunately, just drinking water is not all you need to be concerned with. What is the quality of the water you drink? What’s in it? Are there things like e.coli, bacteria/coliform, influenza, viruses, fluoride, chlorine, molds, and more. *There are over 2,100 known drinking water contaminants that may be present in tap water. Now, let’s not all freak out and think that we are being poisoned. While this is all true, the water supply in many cities is safer than others. That being said, it will never be near as pure as water which has been filtered, because all sources of our drinking water contain some level of contamination.
There are a few different ways to get clean, pure water: (I am not a scientist, nor do I specialize in water treatment, so I am simply going to list the researched pro’s and con’s of these methods)
-Reverse Osmosis: *While the process removes a select number of drinking water contaminants, it doesn’t remove chlorine and other known contaminants, such as insecticides or herbicides. Reverse osmosis also removes alkaline mineral constituents. We need trace elements of minerals in our water.Without them we have acidic water which can cause calcium and other minerals to be stripped from the bones and teeth. Another negative is that reverse osmosis wastes water. This is a big no-no for the environment.
I believe there are some RO systems that don’t use as much water and can be used with UV light sterilization to kill the pathogens and bacteria that the filter leaves behind.
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-Carbon-Most home filters are used with carbon. The benefit of carbon is that they remove disagreeable tastes and odors, including chlorine. There are two different types of carbon filters: granular and carbon block. The carbon block is much more effective. Some block filters can be created to filter out coliform , pathogen cysts, insecticides and herbicides. Carbon filtersblockthe bad stuff.
UV-While regular filters remove things such as dust, sediment, taste, rust, odors, pesticides, lead, etc., it cannot remove viruses and bacteria, because they are so small. UV disinfection kills the bacteria and viruses. UV is ultra violet light. The light takes care of all the bad stuff.
Because healthy drinking water is now in more demand, there are a variety of different filters available for your home:
-Countertop filters: These filters are good for temporary situations; In an apartment, vacation cabin or where a faucet hole is not available, for under sink installation. They simply sit on your countertop and are connected to your faucet. They can be attractive, depending on your tastes.
-Shower filters: They greatly reduce the risk of chlorine and other harmful chemicals. Chlorine is absorbed by your lungs and this can cause many problems, including irritating asthma.The filters also help the skin become softer, healthier and younger looking. Most of them are pretty easy to install.
-Bath Ball-These filters are very similar to shower filters, as far as removing chlorine and contaminants. They either hang from your tub spout of sit in your bathwater. They are generally pretty reasonably priced and great for kids and babies.
-Refrigerator-With a refrigerator filter you get pure, uncontaminated ice and water.
-Under sink-This is better for for a space where cabinet space is available and you desire permanent installation. They provide filtered water through a special faucet. Personally, I find it much more ascetically pleasing.
-Pitcher-I think that we are all familiar with pitcher water filters. These filters also remove hundreds of contaminants from water and go through several stages of filtration. The optimal thing is to find one that doesn’t require replacing the cartridge as often.
-Faucet Mount-These filters are simply attached to your faucet. They give a steady supply of filtered water and the water goes through several stages of filtration. They remove hundreds of contaminants from your water.
-Whole House-Clearly the most convenient way to filter you water, these filters are surprisingly small and are made for homes with 3 people all the way to homes with up to twelve people. They cover every faucet in your home. So, you have clean water for bathing, cooking, drinking, etc.
If you are aware of exact problem of your water, such as a high concentration of fluoride, arsenic, tannin, sediment, etc., there are filters which are specifically made for this.
The biggest benefit of using a water filter is health. Filters block many contaminants and pathogens that have been proven harmful to our bodies. Many pathogens have been linked to cancer. Two other benefits of using water filters is cost and convenience. If you buy a lot of bottled water you’d probably be shocked to know how much you spend in a year. With a filter, you wouldn’t have to worry about going to the store to purchase bottled water from questionable sources. Of course you also need to factor in the cost of replacement cartridges.
As I said, I am not an expert in water filters. I did consult with the manager of a UV Water Filter company for this article. Everyone is going to tell you that their product is the best. I , personally came across conflicting information in my research for this article. My advice would be to buy a filter based on your needs. There are those of you who take this issue very seriously and I respect that. You may want to test your water to determine the type of filter that you need. There are also those of you that just want a filter and I respect that as well. So, I have tried to write reviews for a couple of different water filter companies. I see them both as different and hope that you can find the filter that’s right for you. If you need to see visual aids, be sure to read my review and visit the link, as all water filter companies provide pictures on their sites. Check out a more complete guide to water filters and learn a simple way to choose one that will suite your needs.
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*Source: http://www.allaboutwater.org/, www.mrwaterfilter.com
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