Ever wondered how reverse osmosis water filters work? More importantly, might you be curious as to how they perform as opposed to other types of water filtration systems?
After much investigation, my personal choice for a home filtration system was clearly one that incorporated a multi-stage type of setup. This type of water system entailed three types of purity steps: carbon, sub-micron filtering and ion exchange. You might disagree, but hear me out on this. I was also skeptical at first however I really wanted to be sure I was choosing the right type of device for my home. I did some extensive inquiring and consideration before I came to this conclusion.
Reverse osmosis filters require the use of pressure to forcibly push water through a semi-permeable membrane (the filter) that allows the water to become less concentrated in toxins. This is ultimately the goal. The simple pressure of household water flowing through the pipes is enough to accomplish this task. Depending on what type of water your treatment facility produces would determine the type of membrane you should use in it. There are several types. As the water passes through the filter, most toxins and bacteria are removed. Unfortunately, this type of unit is only able to remove approximately 85% of contained solids from the water it filters. Given this fact, many types of toxins and bacteria cannot be removed purely with this type of filter; it usually needs to be paired up with other types of water treatment elements to be wholly effective.
Some of the other drawbacks of this type of system where that these units were so overly effective in drawing minerals from the filtered water, that it rendered it unpleasant tasting and somewhat “aggressive” or corrosive. What actually did this mean? Well, if water like this could destroy the pipes in your house, affecting the actual performance level of the unit itself, can you imagine what it could do to your body aside from perhaps dissolving other healthy minerals it already has in it?
When water has a lack of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, the body is placed in a state of acidosis. Why is this bad? Well, if your body becomes too acidic, it negatively affects the function of heart, blood, brain, nerve, muscle, bone, skin and hair cells. Frankly I was shocked to learn that unless the body is slightly alkaline in nature, this leaves it open to several health concerns. As acids build up in organs, disease infests the body from the inside out by breeding bacteria, parasites and other toxins that feed off tissues and organs.
Additionally, these water filters flush almost 8-10 gallons of water down the drain for every gallon that is filtered. It’s also a relatively expensive unit overall to buy and maintain.
Make no mistake about it. Reverse osmosis filters are far inferior to multi-stage filtration systems in terms of guaranteeing good health and longevity. Now that you are armed with this information, it’s clear what type of filtration system you should be looking into.