Is RO Water Good for You?
I am looking for an under the sink water filter/purifier. I have well water in upstate NY. I also would like to have the water tested (it was tested for bacteria but not anything else). Do you have a water test the would check for chemicals, pesticides...etc? Also radon? We currently have an RO filter under our kitchen sink but I think RO removes too many minerals and since our food supply is already nutrient deficient, it doesn't seem wise to continue drinking RO water. What are your thoughts on that? I've also heard that RO destructures the water... What are your thoughts? I'd like something that removes heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and anything that comes up positive on the water test, I suppose. But ideally keeps the water as natural as possible. I also want to make sure we're not getting any plastic in our drinking water. Oh and I would prefer that any filter or parts came from the USA, from start to finish. What are your suggestions?
Answer:Wow! There is a lot of thought put into that and you ask some very important questions to which I think everyone should have the answers. Let me break them down one at a time: Do you have a water test the would check for chemicals, pesticides...etc? Also radon? You have your questions in the proper order. Many people ask us what they need to do to treat their water without even knowing exactly what is in the water, as if there is one magical "black box" that just takes out everything (there's is no such thing, by the way). Yes, we do have such a test and we offer the best deal in the USA on water testing because (and here's the secret) once you know EXACTLY what is in the water and at EXACTLY what level, then you can know EXACTLY how to treat it. For instance, if you have arsenic in your water, you would need to know what form it is in (Arsenic III or Arsenic V) and at what exact level it is present, because if you have 20 ppb (parts per billion) you would have to treat it differently than if you had 50 ppb and if you had other certain contaminants in conjunction with arsenic, such as iron or manganese, you would need to treat that a different way as well. If that sounds confusing, it is - but not to water experts. Knowledge of the EXACT contaminants in the water give you the power to know how to remove the contaminants. As they say, knowledge is power! One other thing: in water treatment, ignorance is not bliss! In water treatment, ignorance can be deadly. The water test that we offer is THIS ONE. It tests for 95 contaminants and costs under $50. Once the lab receives it, you have the results within two business days. It does not test for radon. Radon is water is rare, but it does test for Uranium with is an indicator of Radon or Radium. If you have any uranium, then you can do a test for radon, but you are likely not going to have one without the other. We currently have an RO filter under our kitchen sink but I think RO removes too many minerals and since our food supply is already nutrient deficient, it doesn't seem wise to continue drinking RO water. What are your thoughts on that? Reverse Osmosis removes the largest spectrum of contaminants of any water treatment process. If you opt to use filtration instead of RO, you will "settle" for water that has many more contaminants for the sake of a minuscule amount of minerals. If you drank a bathtub full of water a day (of course, that would kill you), you would get less minerals than you would get from an 8 ounce glass of milk! Many people get "hung up" on removing the minerals from the water when water is just not a significant source of minerals... however it can be a significant source of contaminants. I am not a medical professional, but I do know that due to over-farming in the USA, many vegetables are low in the necessary minerals the body needs. In fact, the essential minerals your body needs which are found in many vegetables is nothing near what you really need, and maybe only five or six of these minerals are found in water (albeit in insignificant amounts). The human body needs up sixty-six trace elements and minerals and most of these can only be found in deep ocean water. You cannot get those essential minerals from your drinking water or even your food - only from supplements. If you drank ten bathtubs of water a day, you might get 10% of the minerals your body needs. If that seems silly, it is! Your body gets contaminants from water, but not minerals. Look elsewhere for that. Yet, many people persist with the erroneous idea that they can get minerals from their water and choose an inferior water technology to reverse osmosis. It's tantamount to throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I've also heard that RO destructures the water... What are your thoughts? That is a theoretical area of water science that is being studied by several universities and researchers, some who have strong opinions and their opinions are very divergent. I tend to be skeptical of these claims simply because there is no scientific proof. I would say we will know a lot more about this in the next five years. This is similar to many people touting the benefits of drinking alkaline water. They claim that water with a higher pH alkalizes the body and makes it more healthy. That is untrue on many levels, but the main issue is this: Your stomach acid is around 2.0. Whether you drink water that is 6.0 pH or 9.0 pH it becomes the pH of your stomach, unless maybe you consume a couple of gallons at a time. The idea that alkaline water somehow alters your body's pH is an scientific misconception that became a billion dollar industry - Water Ionizers! They cannot be used with water that is purified with a process like reverse osmosis because they require contaminants to conduct electricity in the water. So, to ionize water, you have to settle for water with more minerals which have insignificant value to produce alkaline water which instantly turns to the pH of your body. You get nothing. If you need to alkalize your water, you can do so with a glass of water and a teaspoon of baking soda. That will temporarily overpower your stomach acid and cause your body to alkalize. It's probably not something a healthy person should do frequently, but sick people, especially those with cancer (which loves acidic conditions) can do so multiple times a day - many oncologists recommend this. Ionizers produce a very small amount of hydrogen (maybe .5 ppm) which is beneficial to the body because it reduces oxidative stress. The thing is, this is not enough, there are better and much less expensive ways to produce more molecular hydrogen which is very beneficial to the human condition. Again, I am not an expert on molecular hydrogen, but I would refer you to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation for more information on this. At US WATER SYSTEMS, we are huge believers in molecular hydrogen and will soon offer our customers a product which produces it in significant amounts so as to have an impact upon one's health. Watch for it! I'd like something that removes heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and anything that comes up positive on the water test, I suppose. But ideally keeps the water as natural as possible. Water that contains those contaminants is certainly not "natural."The best method to remove these things including fluoride and chloramine is with a reverse osmosis system such as the US Water Cobalt Hyper-Safe RO. I believe it is essential to remove the contaminants and while the minerals are "collateral damage" they are simply of no consequence. I also want to make sure we're not getting any plastic in our drinking water. All of our systems are BPA-Free and made of FDA Approved and NSF and/or WQA Certified materials. You will not have any plastic in your water. Oh, and I would prefer that any filter or parts came from the USA, from start to finish. We have a strong preference for Made in USA products as well. After all, our name is US Water. But, the fact is not all of our products can be sourced from US Manufacturers. The key components like all the filters and membranes are MADE in USA and all the components are NSF and WQA certified. Moving forward, we are always trying to find American-Made products with the goal of being 100% made in America. We are not there yet and neither is anyone else (even the ones who say they are). Our systems are built in the USA by American workers and we are proud of that.