Water filtration systems

There are lots of different types of water filters depending on what you are looking for and your budget.  Some systems will remove all the nasties but then also take out the minerals too.   In the case of systems like this you have to then add the minerals back in.  I am an absolute layman on this but have added some information outlining  a basic explanation regarding these below. I have then arranged the different product options into sections for you to read about plus their advantages and disadvantages along with websites for further information.

Methods:

Reverse Osmosis:

This uses a semipermeable membrane which removes many contaminants from the water including fluoride, reduces arsenic, asbestos and heavy metals.  The filter is usually paired with a Granulated Activated Charcoal filter to remove the chlorine. Lots of these systems attach under the sink and have a separate tank.  The membrane separates the contaminants from the water but also rejects a lot of water in the process.  The downside to this system is the waste of water and the loss of many minerals.  Some people choose to use this system and then replace trace minerals back into the water.  This system is used a lot as it removes a large amount of contaminants, however it does not remove VOCs or endocrine disruptors.  The filter is efficient but the filters need to be changed regularly.

 

Distilled Water

The distillation process uses heat to cause water to become steam which rises to a cooling chamber then back to liquid.  This will leave behind many contaminants, kill bacteria and reduce large particles such as minerals and heavy metals but does not remove endocrine disruptors or VOCs.  Home distillation systems can be large and expensive, use large amounts of electricity and remove lots of essential minerals from the water.

 

Solid Black Carbon Filters

This is recognised as one of the best options for removing chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, fluoride (with a filter attachment), heavy metals, nitrate, nitrites and parasites.  They are mainly gravity based which means they do not require electricity or running water and can quickly turn rain, pond or sea water into drinking water.  They require infrequent filter replacements which can add to the cost effectiveness.   These are table top based but there are travel options too.   The only issue with these is that they do not remove endocrine disruptors.

 

Vortex Water

These are usually installed to your home’s main water supply.  The pipe lasts a lifetime and can be removed when you move home.  Vortex water states that it is energised water. The filter system is a copper pipe that turns the water (similar to a plug hole) which then seems to implode many of the nasties.  The vortex spin adds oxygen and minerals to the water therefore re-energising the water.

 

Water filter options:

Water jugs:

Brita and other filtering water jugs use granulated activated charcoal to remove some contaminants.  They are affordable but require constant refilling and regular cartridge changes.  They do not remove all toxins or VOCs, heavy metals, fluoride or endocrine disruptors. However they do remove chlorine.

Table Top:

Big Berkey

The Big Berkey is a standalone table top water filtering system.  Although it does not remove endocrine disruptors, because I collect spring water, this is the one I have decided to purchase.  This is because it is affordable, does what I require and can be taken on camping journeys.

www.berkey-waterfilters.co.uk

 

Bibo Water Filter

This is a stylish on the counter water filter that connects to your water supply.  It can then produce hot or cold filtered water.  It removes chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals and other toxins.

www.bibowater.co.uk

 

Eva Advanced Water Filtration System

This system purports to eliminate 98% of harmful substances such as lead, copper, nitrate, aluminium, cadmium, arsenic, fluoride, bacteria and microbes.   It comes in 7 or 12 litre sizes and filters need to be changed every 9 months on average.

Important: There were some recent test results that showed dichloromethane was in the filtered water from the EVA 700 system and this was found to be due to the adhesive in the cartridge.  So, make sure if you purchase this affordable machine that you have purchased from a reputable distributor who will provide you with pollution free cartridges.

www.eva-filter.de/UK

 

Under the counter:

I have already talked above about Vortex water that claims to hydrate cells, support the immune system, improve cellular communication, enhance waste removal from the cells, help transport nutrients to your cells and enhance metabolic efficiency.   There are other various products best explored via the websites:

www.mineralwaterfilter.co.uk

or affordable whole house filters from:

www.uk-water-filters.co.uk

 

Under the counter Multistage Filter

The Wellness Mama website recommends this as her favourite filtering system for the home.  It does appear to be one of the most expensive systems, however expense is relative to the individual.  The radiant life biocompatible water purification system has a 14 stage purification process.  It removes fluoride, lead, chlorine, MTBE, Chromium-6, nitrates, pesticides, pharmaceutical residues, water-borne illness and more.  It removes the widest range of contaminants, is easy to use, no manual filling is required and it attaches near the sink for easy use.  This must be installed under the sink and a plumber may be required.

www.radiantlifecatalog.com

 

Shower and Bathroom

You can purchase shower heads to eliminate contaminants when bathing from

www.mineralwaterfilter.co.uk

www.pureshowers.co.uk

www.uk-water-filters.co.uk

 

For your bath, you can use a Crystal Bath Ball Dechlorinator which can be purchased from Amazon or other online retail outlets.

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