Finding the Best Water Filter System
Are any of you shopping around for the best water filters for drinking water to get rid of things like Fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceutical waste, pesticide toxins, etc.? Today I'm hoping we'll be able to help each other figure out which is the best water filter system. This post began when a reader emailed asking what I recommend, but the problem is that I wouldn't recommend our current set up. (Yes, this is what we spent about $4000 on a few years ago, before I researched everything to death like I do now. OUCH.)
This is what we currently have in our home:
- A water softener, because our city water is SO hard that it was ruining our plumbing and our dishwasher. We got the kind that goes through salt very slowly, so we only rarely have to haul around those huge bags. So far so good, I would recommend this water softener.
- A whole-house carbon filter to remove chlorine, so it wouldn't come through our skin when bathing, because everything can get through the skin you know. This type of filter is also best for contaminate reduction, including pharmaceutical contaminants. But it doesn't remove the Fluoride from our water, so we also put in…
- A Reverse Osmosis water system for drinking water, to remove salt from the water softener as well as the harmful Fluoride and other toxins like from pharmaceuticals. (Have you read Dental Fluorosis: Look what I did to our son?) The problem is, this takes out everything, including beneficial minerals found naturally in ground water, and only leaves in H2O. This is why I'd try to find something else if we were to do it over again. For now, we get our minerals through plenty of sea salt, raw milk, and bone broth. We also recently started supplementing with a couple minerals that most people are deficient in: Iodine and Magnesium. I did just start using these Mineral Drops, too, though. The Weston A. Price Foundation says, “The number of trace minerals known to be essential to life now exceeds thirty, and some researchers believe that for optimum health we need to take in every substance found in the earth's crust.” By the way, as RO systems go, I do like that this kind doesn't waste loads of water as it does the filtering, most aren't like this — keep that in mind when shopping around.
- Read more about comparing tap water, distilled water, and bottled water at this post on the health benefits of drinking water.
Here's the email question from a reader:
I told her that a few of my real foodie blogging friends have said that they like this water filtering system because it takes out the bad stuff but leaves the minerals in. Another thing I've heard about these that is very appealing is that you can reuse their filters. (This might be just for the Fluoride and Chlorine filters, I'm not sure.) With our set up as described above, 2-3 times per year we are buying $100 in replacement filters. This really irritates me. Some don't like how this one takes up counter space, though. If you have one, maybe you could let us know what you think?
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