Comparison of Some Drinking Water Treatment Methods
Not all waters are the same!
Here is a summary of some drinking water treatment methods.
Drinking Water Treatment:Distilled
This process passes water over a heated coil, causing the water to vaporize and become gaseous. The steam then rises and transfers to a cooling chamber, where it condenses back into a liquid. This process separates water from inorganic compounds like lead, calcium, magnesium, etc. Distillation also destroys bacteria. Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.
In the distillation process, minerals are also removed necessary for healthy water. In nature all fresh water contains traces of natural minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Because the minerals are removed, distilled water has become more acidic, and if you drink it for too long it can drain your body of necessary minerals making it harmful to your health. Dr. Zolton Rona, author of The Joy of Health, states, "The longer one consumes distilled water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state." According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water."
Drinking Water Treatment:Reverse Osmosis (RO)
This is a process that exposes water under pressure to a semi permeable membrane with a very fine pore structure. Because most inorganic contaminants have a larger molecular size than water, the membrane rejects certain contaminants, minerals and a large part of the water. The portion of water that passes through the membrane is stripped of inorganic compounds and trace minerals. Because many synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides are smaller, molecularly, than water, an R.O. system must also be used in conjunction with a carbon filter. R.O. systems require adequate water pressure and extensive maintenance. Because most point-of-use R.O. systems produce less than 1 gallon per hour, they require a diaphragm storage tank.
This method does of good job removing bad stuff from the water, but it also removes the good stuff, the minerals. Just like in the distilling process, reverse osmosis makes water acidic, which is not good for internal consumption, especially for those in an acidic pH balance state. Thus this water encourages the minerals that are already in your body to be used to attack the free radicals.
Drinking Water Treatment:Pitchers and Carafe-Style Filters
In recent years these types of filters have emerged as low-cost alternatives to tap water and bottled water. Keeping in mind that any filter is better than no filter, these products are by far the least effective and the most costly to use. Pitchers and carafe filters are sold on the "Polaroid principle"... sell the camera cheap and make it up on the film sales. The result is the same with these pour-through pitcher filters: lower quality at a higher price. The average pitcher filter sells for around $25 and includes one 30-gallon cartridge. Because of the small size of these cartridges, they have very limited effectiveness and a low capacity. While pour-through filters do offer a slightly improved alternative to tap water, they by no means offer the quality, convenience and economy of the Aquasana system.
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Drinking Water Treatment: Bottled
Basically, bottle water is filter tap water with a range of unknown quality. The reality of bottled water is that you pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for the perception of higher quality, when in fact the quality of bottled water is at best an unknown!The Natural Resources Defense Council report concluded that, "therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."
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is by far the most economical, the most convenient and the best way to produce truly healthy, great-tasting water. With no bottles to throw away, it is also the right choice environmentally! Aquasana sells not only whole house drinking filters, but also has the best water filter for your tap water.see video
Drinking Water Treatment:Ionized
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produce the best drinking water treatment from the comfort of your home or office. This machine not only filters your tap water like your typical water purifier, but it also separated water into alkaline and acidic water, both providing tremendous health benefits!
is used for things like drinking, cooking, and washing fruit and vegetables. The
(astringent) water is used externally in many ways like sanitizing, brushing teeth, skin toner, or healing open wounds.
We want to drink the alkaline reduced water because it is rich in active hydrogen, which functions as a reducer. Reducing is beneficial to the human body because it oxidizes toxins that build up in our cells from the digestion of food, also known as free radicals, improving our body's overall function. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, alkaline water will help with your detoxifying your body.
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