When it comes to home water filters the default choice for a lot of people is the reverse osmosis style water filter. This is true because they are used in most public places like grocery stores and by the larger water delivery companies. All of those big water companies and vendors can’t be wrong can they? Well, maybe so.
The reverse osmosis water filtration technique is popular as the default technology to use because it’s easy to pull off technically and relatively inexpensive. It’s also proven to strip water of harmful contaminants. All good so far. The potential problem with the technology is that it also strips water of the trace minerals that your body wants and needs from water.
What Is Reverse Osmosis Missing?
Mineral water is not the same as tap water and won’t be no matter what you do to it. We’re not talking about mineral water as a geologist would define it, we’re talking about regular water and the natural trace minerals it contains. They are simple things like salts and calcium and your body uses them the same as it does the nutrients found in foods. “Pure” water wouldn’t contain any minerals or harmful contaminants and would be tasty and refreshing, it just wouldn’t be the healthiest choice.
What’s The Alternative?
There are actually a few methods to choose from when looking to turn hard water (with minerals and other solids) soft (without.) The most common is a combination method of carbon filter along with a secondary sub-particle filter or ion exchange. These filters can produce water just as inexpensively and conveniently as reverse osmosis filters while leaving the trace minerals your body uses for nutrients.
There is debate from either side of the drinking water debate as to whether the amount of minerals in carbon filtered water are enough to impact a persons diet. In reality, the minerals in any water won’t replace the need for a healthy diet. In the end it’s about choices. Choices you make for you and your family about the type of water you want to drink.
The key is to make informed decisions starting with as much information as possible and understanding what choices are available. No matter which type of water filtration system you end up with, it’ll be cheaper, more convenient, and better for the environment than bottled water, so you’re on the right track.