Water comes in many forms and some are more beneficial than others.

Tap water is typically pretty harmful. The tap water at my house contains so much chlorine that when you turn on the faucet you can smell it. I don’t use it for anything! I even filter my shower water!

Brita, Pur, and other pitcher filtered waters are minimally better. They take out some things. They definitely improve the taste of the water. But they do not get out all the chlorine and other toxic chemicals.

Distilled is actually “dead” and when you drink it, it pulls nutrients out of your body – not good. It is used sometimes as a short-term cleanse. But is not beneficial for long term health.

Reverse Osmosis water goes through several processes and removes all chlorine, fluoride and other toxic chemicals added to water, or that exist there that shouldn’t. Or all the choices, this is the one I favor. Good filtration systems even include an ultraviolet light treatment at the end that kill harmful bacteria. It tastes great and makes fabulous tea (which I drink a lot of) and coffee (which I avoid).

Reverse Osmosis dispensing machines are found at most health food stores, many grocery stores, even Walmart and Lowes have the dispensers. You need a 1 to 5 gallon container to refill each time. I pay 30 cents per gallon.

It is best to get non-leaching plastic bottles or containers. There is a lot of controversy about which plastics are safe – if any. They should have a number inside a triangle made out of arrows (standing for recycling). The numbers most often listed as “safe” are 2, 4, and 5. Not everyone agrees.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about what reverse osmosis is:

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11 replies
  1. Marge S.
    Marge S. says:

    Hi Debbie! Thanks for bringing up this subject. I totally agree that most of us should be filtering our tap water, and reverse osmosis is a great choice. I didn’t know that you could buy RO water at places like Wal-Mart. That’s a good option if you can’t afford a system or don’t want one in your home for whatever reason.

    I personally use a Berkey water filter at home. It does remove just about every kind of contaminant. It just sits on the counter – no need to mess with the plumbing.

    You’re right that most of the pitcher water filters don’t do a whole lot. There are a few, though, that are a lot more effective than PUR and Brita, and that I would use in a pinch. I have information about them and about other types of water filters for the home on my blog. Feel free to stop by!

    • Takara
      Takara says:

      Thanks for stopping by Marge!

      I’m actually writing a book on wellness that goes into much more detail about water and the various filters and systems that work well.

      Have a magnificent day,

  2. Rockwell Marsh
    Rockwell Marsh says:

    Hello Takara, yes, you are absolutely right; tap water is pretty harmful for human body. I am thinking to buy a water purifier for my house. After reading your blog, I will surely buy a water purifier on today. Thanks for sharing this useful blog.

  3. tania
    tania says:

    you are completely right; tap water is quite hurtful for human body. I am thinking to purchase a water purifier for my home. In the wake of perusing your blog, I will without a doubt purchase a water purifier on today. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing this valuable blog.

  4. Eric Romero
    Eric Romero says:

    One thing to think about with RO systems is the cost to the environment as well. With RO systems, there is a ton of water waste as well. So although we won’t use as many water bottles, it takes alot of water just to make a small amount of clean water during RO. Thanks for the article though, it’s very helpful.


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