I got a lot of emails and questions about
the healthiest options for drinking water and best water filters. To be honest,
this is something I’ve also been researching for quite a while, and am only now
sharing with you since I’ve finally been able to understand all of the options.
Finding the healthiest food is very
important, but finding the best water options can be even more important! Some
sources of water can contain hundreds of chemicals and many of these chemicals
can be more easily absorbed from water than from food.
How About Bottled Water?
Bottled water has gained some popularity these
days, thanks for its successful marketing. But it is not a good option for
Conclusion: Not the best option on price, taste, or health so I skip it. Don’t
be baffled by its convenience.
Then, Distilled Water?
The distillation process heats the water to become steam. The steam is then
cooled to turn back into liquid, leaving behind many contaminants. Distillation
reduces large particles like heavy metals but does not remove some other
contaminants like VOCs or chemicals that disrupt hormones.
Conclusion: It removes a large amount of contaminants, and heavy metals. But it
does not reduce VOCs and other hormone disruptions. Home distillation systems
are also expensive and consume too much electricity. Overall, it’s better than
bottled water but definitely not the best option out there.
So, Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis filtration uses a membrane to
remove many contaminants from water. The membrane is semipermeable separates
many large size particles from the water. Unluckily, the filtration process wastes
a large amount of water. Not to forget many naturally occurring minerals (e.g.
calcium and magnesium) are also removed.
Conclusion: Reverse osmosis does remove a large amount of contaminants but it
wastes more water than it produces. Just like its distillation counterpart,
reverse osmosis cannot remove VOCs and other hormone disruptors. So it’s still
not the best water solution.
What’s left? Activated Carbon
Recognized by the
EPA as the best option for removing chemicals, quality carbon filters remove VOCs,
pesticides, bacteria, fluoride, heavy metals, and parasites. Most can safely
transform any type of water into safe drinking water.
A big plus for
carbon filters is that they seem to be the least expensive in the long run and
require the fewest filter replacements. They also hold
naturally occurring minerals from the water, making it the best
tasting filtered water option, in my opinion.
Conclusion: This is what I personally use now. Amazingly, carbon filters are very inexpensive
per gallon cost and need infrequent filter replacement. Portable options can
even be used while traveling. From my research, this is the best option for
removing contaminants without removing necessary minerals, while keeping a good