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Which Water Filtration System To Choose?

Although the quality of our tap water may meet legal requirements for safety standards, it is a good idea to protect yourself and your family by installing water filtration & purification methods at home. Contaminants, residues and heavy metals may still be present in our drinking water, regardless of whether you live in an industrial or rural area. When consumed, these toxins can wreak havoc on our bodies, negatively affecting our liver, brain, kidneys and lymph systems to name a few. These toxic substances are stored in our fat cells, accumulating volume that can create a toxic load for the body. But we need to drink water- and lots of it- to stay healthy and hydrated, so finding a filtration system that works for you is important.

Let’s look at some of the top water purification systems on the market today:

Three-Filter Water Purification Systems: These are common in water filtration pitchers. This system includes a “Sediment” filter to remove larger particles, a “Kinetic Degradation Fluxion” filter to convert the chlorine into chloride (removing that distinct chemical taste), and an “Activated Charcoal or Carbon” filter to pull positively-charged toxic substances from the water.

Reverse-Osmosis Purifiers: A high-pressure system is used to draw water through a very fine membrane, removing gasses and toxins. Even radioactive particles are left behind yielding virtually 100% purified water. The downside to this type of system is that several gallons of impure water are discarded for every one gallon of purified water.  

Distillers: This method uses heat to evaporate water, allowing the vapor droplets to collect in a different part of the filter, leaving behind harmful contaminants. The vapor is then condensed into purified water. Some scientists believe that this is such a refined source of water that some of the essential minerals found in clean drinking water are left behind.

Ultra-Violet Purification Systems: This is often used in developing countries where micro-organisms and parasites are commonly found in drinking water. The UV light passes through the water killing anything harmful. This is not necessary to use for tap water in more developed countries where federal regulations and standards are in place.

Catalytic Conversion Filters: These are often used in areas where the drinking water suddenly becomes contaminated, such as after a natural disaster. Rather than removing harmful substances, this system converts them into harmless substances that can be safely absorbed by the body. 

At-home water filtration practices don’t need to be expensive or time consuming. There are many options to choose from, so it is important to evaluate the needs of yourself and your family when considering an at-home water purification system. Always store you filtered water in BPA-free containers, the best being glass jars that don’t leach chemicals into the water like most plastics. Whether you choose to filter all water sources (showers, sinks, laundry, etc.) or simply buy a table-top purification pitcher, the results of drinking cleaner, clearer, and safer water will have a positive trickle-down effect on our health and environment for years to come. 

Kate Kronisch is a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist. She specializes in the treatment of internal health concerns, with specific focus on digestive wellness, anxiety & stress, women’s health and pediatrics. 

Eastern Traditions Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 1643 Boulder Street, Suite 104. Denver, CO 80211. (720) 551-8408