7 Misconceptions About Water Filtering
Even if your tap water smells and tastes great, it doesn’t mean that it’s free from bacteria, viruses, industrial waste chemical by-products or other harmful substances.
You may have heard all sorts of myths and misconceptions about water, water filtration and reverse osmosis. These are often the result of misinterpretation of research by the media or opportunistic business practices. Some of these myths are potentially more dangerous than others.
Myth #1: Tap water is regulated by the government, so it must be safe
Reality: The standards for water quality are not as strict as we’d like to hope. They only establish acceptable amounts of contaminants. But just because the government accepts the presence of some contaminants in your drinking water does not mean that they will not harm your health. Besides, it is currently not technologically possible to entirely remove all harmful pollutants (such as various bacteria, viruses, plastics and chemical toxins) from municipal water.
Myth #2: Small amounts of contaminants can’t be harmful
Reality: Depending on the contaminant, one glass of water is probably not enough to harm you. The problem is that you consume more than just a glass of water. Although each glass may contain only small amounts of bacteria, which your immune system can handle without any problems, think about how many glasses of water you drink per day, per month, per year. This is a constant source of contaminants. And there are also pollutants that your immune system cannot fight, such as chemicals, microplastics and lead. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), not only is the effect of lead cumulative, but a safe level of lead exposure has yet to be identified. Some toxins, such as prescription drugs and pesticides, which are already designed to affect organisms in minimal quantities, also end up in our water supply and your tap water. This means that you don’t have to consume much of them to negatively impact your health.
Myth #3: Filtered water is bad for you
Reality: Reverse osmosis indeed removes many of the beneficial minerals found in drinking water, but they are also lacking in ordinary tap water. Actually, the amount of these healthy nutrients that are removed from the water is minimal. But it’s worth it, considering how much more contaminants are filtered out in this process. And these nutrients can easily be compensated with your diet. Is it really worth being exposed to a ton of pollutants just to get a small dose of nutrients that can be easily obtained elsewhere?
Myth #4: Reverse Osmosis removes all beneficial minerals from the water
Reality: If you’re still worried about the health effects of fewer minerals, or if you just want to make high-quality coffee and tea, then worry no more. Osmio Zero’s final filtering stage contains ceramic pellets with active calcium and magnesium. This returns about 20-30 ppm of beneficial minerals back into your drinking water.
Myth #5: A pitcher filter is good enough for removing contaminants from my drinking water
Reality: Although pitchers are a good idea in theory, in practice, the results are mixed at best. Since water filters are largely unregulated, manufacturers can sell anything as water filters without any liability. Many pitcher filters use carbon filters that only promise to improve the appearance, smell and sometimes taste of water, but cannot improve the quality and purity of the water. Even if the pitcher does remove some of the lead or other contaminants, few can remove enough to actually make the water safe. Reverse osmosis is the gold standard for water filtration. It is the only filtration method that can remove chemical contaminants, volatile organic compounds and other harmful contaminants from tap water.
Myth #6: Bottled water is always the best option
Reality: Ignoring the expense of buying bottled water and the environmental waste generated by the bottles, buying bottled water may still not be the best option. Despite the costly marketing campaigns assuring consumers that their water is the purest and of the highest quality, there is no regulation or oversight monitoring these claims. In fact, research has shown that many companies are merely bottling ordinary groundwater or municipal water and marketing it as a safer and healthier alternative. Additionally, the bottles themselves must be considered. Depending on how the water was bottled, transported, and stored, the chemicals in the plastic bottles themselves can leach into the water. This can create precisely the problems that the bottled water was supposed to avoid. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing for sure.
Myth #7: Water filtered by reverse osmosis is acidic.
Reality: Reverse osmosis as a process does not affect the pH (hydrogen ion) of water. Because of the purity of filtered water, as soon as it comes into contact with air, CO2 is dissolved. This forms carbonic acid. Using a digital pH meter, you can observe the pH slowly falling as the water is left standing over a few minutes. The remineralisation process ionises water to counteract the carbonic acid. The resulting pH entirely depends on CO2 levels in both air and water (so depending on how long the glass is left out). When you drink the water, as soon as it reaches your stomach, which contains hydrochloric acid of pH 2.0, regardless of the pH of the water you drink, it straight away becomes acidic.
In other words, whatever the pH level of the water you drink, its acidity changes as soon as it enters the body. Alkaline water cannot make your body alkaline. A simple example is that a lemon, for example, is very acidic, but actually promotes alkalinity in the body. We do focus on the alkalising effect, but not measured by pH but by the mg/l of mineral content.
We also recommend using the water from our machines with the Osmio Hydrogen Water Bottle to further enhance the health benefits of drinking water. If you’re still worried about alkalinity, this will also make the water more alkaline.
Although a reverse osmosis system is the best way to guarantee safe, clean drinking water, under-the-sink models are expensive. And they require a great deal of maintenance and upkeep.
The best option we discovered after extensive research is an Osmio Zero countertop reverse osmosis system. You don’t have to do any plumbing, and there are no worries about bacterial overgrowth as there are with under-the-sink models. You don’t have to install it or have it professionally serviced. All of that just takes seconds for you to do yourself. And as a result, your family will have all the clean and safe water you need.
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