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Purifying Water By Reverse Osmosis

Aug 12, 2008
When it comes to what the best and cleanest type of drinking water there is, many experts, scientists, doctors, and even consumers will disagree on what is the best for overall health. It's easy to see why buying water can be so confusing. Walking up and down the aisles of the water section at your local grocery can seem like a daunting task. There are many, many options, and every article you might have read will suggest that one is better than the other. There is regular filtered water, distilled water, purified water, water with fluoride, water enhanced with electrolytes, and even vitamin water, which is flavored water with vitamins.

Another method of filtering water is called reverse osmosis, also known as Ultra-Filtration by the water industry.

Installing a reverse osmosis water filtering system in your home can provide very clean water. Some people believe purifying water in this process makes the cleanest water ever. What is it that about this process that leads people to believe this claim? What exactly is reverse osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is the process of separating a solution, water in this particular case, and forcing it through a semi-permeable membrane that filters out dissolved solids and other organic matter. It is used to desalinate water and to remove inorganic compound materials.

The purpose of the prefilter is to remove sand, dirt, scale, suspended particles, and chlorine. Afterwards, the water is forced through a special membrane to remove minerals, impurities, Pathogen-free water

A concern with the process of reverse osmosis is that dangerous chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water, thus allowing them to pass through the membrane with ease. Carbon filters must also be used in your reverse osmosis filter to rid your drinking water of these nasty chemicals. Another controversy is that vital trace minerals are filtered out of in the reverse osmosis process. These naturally occurring minerals are not only healthy for us but also rid the water of its slight flavor. Getting rid of these trace minerals

However, due to the absence of these minerals, it can also benefit your body by absorbing toxic substances and helping to eliminate them. The lack of magnesium in the drinking water has been linked to heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. It is even believed that cooking foods in this water will lower their nutrient value, although the same can also be said about using any type of water because cooking foods in general lowers their nutritional content.
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