Water is one of our most abundant natural resources. Water filters are used to provide us with good quality water. However not all filters are created equal. So what we are in need of is a good quality water that meets our health requirements.
So what is good quality water for human consumption, you ask?
Good quality water is water that has been stripped of all it’s harmful contaminants such as chlorine, lead, VOC,(volatile organic chemicals) THM,(trihalomethanes) cryptosporidium, giardia, MTBE,(Methyl-t-butyl ether) and flouride.
According to the World Health Orgainization, we must be careful not to remove natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the process. The WHO states, “drinking water should contain minimum levels of certain essential minerals.” This statement was made after they completed a multi-year study that indicated that a minimal amount of natural minerals were necessary to avoid any mineral deficencies.
So the first step to finding the right water filter for your needs is to find out about the water you are dealing with. Water from different parts of the country can have different amounts of bacteria, pesticides, clorine and flouride. Check out the EPA reports about the public water in your area.
Aquasana is a great water filter to be used for kitchen, bath and drinking. I recommend this filter because it removes chlorine lead, VOC, THM, cryptosporidium, giardia, MTBE and leaves behind natural minerals that our bodies need. The only downside is that it only removes about 40% of the flouride.
If you would like to take the filtration process a step further, then I would recommend a reverse osmosis filter. This is a great filter for making drinking water because it removes almost everything, including the flouride.
The down side is that it also removes the natural minerals that our bodies need. Some brands counter this with mineral cartridges that put minerals back into the water after it has been filtered.
Another option would be to take a good vitamin and mineral supplement.
I would also recommend reverse osmosis for hydroponically growing organic fruits and vegetables. Good clean water stripped of everything including minerals will give you ultimate control over what nutrition your plants recieve.
Some of the larger reverse osmosis systems can even be used for filtration of large amounts of seawater for public consumption.
Ionized water continues to take the process a step further by ionizing the particles in the water to give it a higher PH. Alkaline water has many health benefits. Depending on your water source your water may need to be sent through reverse osmosis before being remineralized and ionized. I would recommend this process for making your own healthy drinking water.