Pure Water Filtration System – What You Look For
As discussed in the article “Hydraulic Fracturing Dangers” (Hydraulic Fracturing Dangers), public water supplies in the American states are under assault from unscrupulous oil companies wanting to make a quick profit while leaving Americans vulnerable to the fallout of environmental devastation. Even though people are getting involved at a political level to resist this practice, and even as a few states have succeeded with outright bans, the majority of states still allow fracking to continue and so the dangers go unabated.
Another threat to the public water supplies comes from water treatment facilities themselves, as they add toxic cocktails which include compounds such as fluoride to the water supplies. This will be the subject of a subsequent post.
Finally, in a grid down scenario or some public emergency, you may not have access to any clean water supplies. In these instances, devastating diseases such as cholera or amebic dysentery are ever threatening. So, it is an important strategy to protect not only your health but the health of your loved ones in seeking out a good water filtration system.
There are a number of characteristics you may want to consider when purchasing a pure water filtration system.
Provide Contaminant Free Water with a
Pure Water Filtration System
When considering pure water filtration systems, one naturally thinks of the removal of potentially harmful contaminants when talking about water filters. This removal process can occur in several stages.
The removal of silt, rust, dirt and any other large particulate matter requires the use of sediment filter.
A charcoal filter, on the other hand, is effective with the removal of chlorine, organic compounds and sediments through the process of adsorption, although is not efficacious at eliminating all chemical compounds.
Removal of contaminants too small for sediment filters, a membrane type filter may be used. Membrane filters should be effective at eliminating or at least reducing the presence of bacteria, protozoa, pharmaceutical agents and heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and bromide. Viruses are very small organisms and are not typically trapped by micro-filters.
Boiling of water or application of ultraviolet light is far more effective at eliminating these contaminants.
Toxic chemicals such as fluoride are not removed via any of these methods. Rather, special filters must be employed which involve reverse osmosis, deionization or the use of activated alumina.
Finally, radioactive particles are best removed through the use of reverse osmosis.
Ensure Proper Mineralization of Water
Some filter technologies, such as reverse osmosis and distillation, remove healthful minerals, such as calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium when eliminating contaminants.
There is some controversy as to whether the minerals derived from water are all that important, as most mineral intake should be derived from what we eat, and not from water.
Some claim that the nature of the minerals derived from water and those derived from food sources are somehow different and that those derived from water are poorly absorbed in any case. Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) has produced studies on the topic which deduced water free of essential minerals can be detrimental to your health.
Still, others claim that mineral-free water actually leads to a leaching of minerals from bones and teeth. Furthermore, higher amounts of minerals (calcium, magnesium) in water correlate to a lower incidence of heart disease and lower cancer mortality rates.
So, if you are using filters that remove essential minerals along with toxins, you may want to consider a mechanism to restore minerals your drinking water.
Maintain Alkalinity of Water
Water alkalinity is another topic mired in controversy. While many concur that maintaining one’s body in an alkaline state helps to fend off chronic disease, an argument exists over how to get to that state.
Pure water devoid of minerals has a neutral pH. The presence of minerals and metals in the water determine the ultimate pH of the water.
The minerals primarily responsible for alkalizing your body include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, chromium, iron, copper, zinc, and a handful of others. These are the minerals we want for proper bodily function and to promote health.
On the other hand, phosphorous, certain forms of iron and sulfur, and certain metals are associated with lower water pH. These, of course, you want to limit or eliminate from your diet.
So again it comes down to diet, and some argue that minerals from diet are best obtained from food and not water. But then again, many Americans have mineral deficiencies!
Our junk food lifestyle, full of flour, sugar, grains, and high protein foods force our bodies into an acidic state, while many fruits, vegetables, and nuts help our bodies to become more alkaline. So, opponents of the alkaline water argument would likely contend that no amount of alkaline water will help reduce acidity if we continue with our diets full of grains and sugars.
In the end, supplementation of our water supply with the proper mix of minerals certainly cannot hurt us, and will most likely help us given the diet of the average American.
The topic of alkaline water will be brought up in a different post.
Neutralization of Free Radicals
Free radicals are atoms or molecules with one or more unpaired electron. As such, they are very reactive in nature. Their state is unstable. Free radicals are a natural byproduct of oxygen metabolism, and numerous free radicals in your body can result in damage to your DNA, cells and tissues. Ions are charged particles/atoms that are able to donate an electron to the free radical, thereby neutralizing it. They are often referred to as antioxidants because of their ability to deter the oxidation of molecules in the body which leads to free radicals. Alkaline ionized water is an important antioxidant.
Offer a Superior Taste
A water’s taste comes from the collection of minerals contained within it. It is important that water has a good natural spring taste, so you will want to drink continually and keep hydrated. Given that the human body is made up of 70% water, it is important to maintain the correct amount of hydration, as water is needed for cells to be able to eliminate waste, for the body to maintain proper temperature and for joints to remain lubricated.
In this post, I discussed what roles a good water filter should play. In the next post, I will discuss some different technologies that go into making a decent filter. Not all filters operate the same manner, and these filters all have their respective strengths and weaknesses. The more robust water filter system will not rely on a single technology but will contain an assortment of technologies which in the end will complement one another.
Until next time…