ABC’s of Water Filtration healthy when wet
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Do You Know What’s In Your Water?
Selecting the Right Water Filter Is Easy When You Know Your ABC’s
A is for Aesthetics and has to do with what you can smell and taste. This is an important component of water filtration because if people donât enjoy the taste of their water they will very likely choose something else. (Think of an unfiltered public water fountain and the likelihood of you drinking from it.) Brita filters are an example of the âAâ technology although a few of their products do some D filtering as well. Many popular filters only do “A” filtration because they are only concerned with what you can smell and taste.
B is for Biologics and this has to do with viruses and pathogens that live in water. These types of contaminants are the reason we donât drink directly from streams. Most Americans do not need a âBâ filter because chlorine is doing this job for us already. These filters are critical in the developing world.
C is for Chemicals. We live in a culture that relies heavily on commercial agriculture and industry. Strong âCâ filters may remove everything from nitrates to disinfectant by products like trihalomethanes to pharmaceuticals. This category is almost limitless in its breadth and consequently few filters make claims or have lab reports for the entire category. Nevertheless, there are a number of technologies that do an excellent job in this area.
D is for Dissolved Solids and this category is mostly focused on what happens in the pipes on the way to your faucet. Many water companies send water out that is free of dissolved solids, but pipes are often joined with lead or copper can leach heavy metals into water.
E is for enhancements. If we think of the body like the sands of Cape Cod where they meet the ocean waves, our water can build up our structure and systems or erode them away and this balance is determined by the pH, anti-oxidants, micro-clustering and minerals of our water. As a solvent, water can carry many things and we suggest tuning into nature and mimicking it as closely as possible on this important issue.
There is an old saying Â ”buy a filter or be a filter” and now that you areÂ knowledgeable about the different types of contaminantsÂ you probably feel more confident about knowing which categories you want to remove from your water. Â For many people the right choice will be an ACD filter as B filtration is already covered by chlorination. If your water is not treated by your municipality or you want to be able to drink from streams or when boil alerts are in place then a B filter is recommended as well. For the health conscious who are interested in toxin removal and the healthy properties of water a A,C,D and E filter is recommended.
Optimal Water is made using A,C,D, and E filters. The E filter should at a minimum leave source minerals in the water but ideally is should enhance the mineral content. Optimal Water also has a pH of 7.4 to 9.5, a negative ORP reading (this means the water should be an anti-oxidant), and micro-clustering.