Water Technology Guide
The human body is between 80-90% water. The optimization of your water’s quality is essential to your health. The following guide denotes the available water processing technologies
To assure you are drinking and cooking with good quality water, this is a guide about the water processing technologies that currently exist and which are used by large numbers of people seeking a good source of water for health purposes.
Natural springs that provide cold water must come from specific water sources that lie deep beneath the earth’s surface. The water from springs is filtered by the natural layers of clay and stone through which it rises. Heavy particles do not rise well, so metals and minerals that are heavy due to being in large chunks, do not exist in true spring water. Yet, it does have small quantities of dissolved minerals that are light in molecular weight. These include most of the minerals that are essential to our health such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. This quality of spring waters make them excellent sources for drinking and cooking because we need those minerals to keep our systems healthy.
Zinc-Copper Ion-Exchange Filtered Water:
Although this technology for filtering water has been around for a while, it is not well known to most people. You can find it in the brand names of PUR, Mavea, KDF, GE’s Smartwater, Aquasana (online at Aquasana.com) and Equinox. I am sure there are other brands that use the same technology, I am just not aware of them. This technology filters the water such that all particles heavier than .5 microns in molecular weight are removed. It is always combined with a carbon filter that removes dissolved gasses from the water. This means it simulates good quality spring water with regards to what it removed and what remains. It is the easiest way to transform water from municipal and well sources into better tasting water which is also good for your body. It is an excellent choice for drinking and cooking and is very affordable. It comes in the form of disposable filters, and self-cleaning full-house systems that require potassium pellets to recover the zinc-copper exchange medium.
Water from municipal systems usually comes from a river that has had multiple users upstream, and in the United States, has been filtered for large particles and organic matter. It is treated with chlorine to kill any dangerous microorganisms. Needless to say, there are a lot of dissolved particles left in the water and gasses which are byproducts of the treatment systems are not removed. Most water from these sources is not good water with which to hydrate our bodies.
This water comes from underwater sources, and in most areas, the local laws determine the guidelines for potability and wells are tested to meet local standards. The standards are such that known toxins such as lead and high phosphorus levels are not allowed, but it often has too many dissolved solids that leach into the water table from whatever is going on the land above the water source. Contamination from herbicides and pesticides and chemicals from mining operations or other industrial operations is not usually measured for purposes of legal potability. Needless to say, tap water is questionable in terms of its health effects and should be filtered through a zinc-copper ion-exchange filter to get a healthy source of drinking and cooking water.
There are many types of water softeners on the market, the most popular being the name brands, Britta and Culligan. The purpose of a water softener is to make the water feel better against your skin, cause less mineral build-up on your water fixtures, to reduce the foul odor that often accompanies municipal waters, and to make the water taste better. It does this by adding salts to the water which bind with the minerals, metal and other contaminants in the water. It is generally combined with a carbon filter which removes dissolved gasses (chlorine, fluoride, bromine). Softeners do what they claim to do, but they have a terrible side effect of causing your body to have to deal with and/or remove all of the particles that are tasteless, but nonetheless remain in the water. This causes the kidneys to work overtime, and many of the particles are not removable by our kidneys, but are stored in the body as bone spurs, gallstones and kidney stones. People who drink softened water literally become brittle over time and have numerous health problems related to excessive build-up of unusable mineral complexes in their bodies.
UV Light Treated Water
This water has been passed through a light system which kills live bacteria, viruses and parasitic microbes. It is for water which has been proven to be contaminated by these microbes and can protect us from infection. It is not necessary for water from municipal systems or wells or springs which have been tested.
Carbon Filtered Water
Carbon (burnt wood) can be pulverized and when water is passed through it, absorbs many toxins, including gases. It is a low level filter which allows finer filters to work better and longer. It makes the water taste better but doesn’t remove dangerous chemicals or mineral complexes.
Purified water is an extremely strong solvent when poured through our bodies. It will actually leach minerals from the materials with which it comes in contact in order to be more stable molecularly. People who drink this water will, in time, become tired, pale, and develop muscle cramps. They will begin to have trouble with their teeth, hair and skin and will have trouble sleeping. They actually lose a lot of the nutrition from their food because the water leaches it from their systems. It will cleanse heavy particles and mineral deposits from bones and organs, but at the expense of weakening the entire body.
There are various technologies for purifying water. All types of purified water work well for protecting small appliances like humidifiers and irons because it doesn’t erode plastic or stainless steel or cause buildup of mineral deposits over time which destroy these appliances, but they do not have a good balance of minerals for the human body and not a healthy source of drinking water for healthy people. Under circumstances when someone has been extremely ill or exposed to potent contaminants (toxic spills, use of chemotherapy and other toxic medications) this water can clean those contaminants out of the body and help with the detoxification process, but should be used with care not to deplete the body of the necessary nutrition from our food as well.
Reverse Osmosis Water
R.O. for short is the most common technology for water sold on the market as Purified. It uses a series of membranes which do not allow anything but pure water, hydrogen and oxygen to pass through it. It is the most affordable of the methods of purification. It must use silt and carbon filters to pre-filter the water to prevent the filter from clogging or being destroyed. A system can be purchased for use in your home.
Deionized Water uses carbon filtered water and a magnetic system to purify water and has the same effects as reverse osmosis.
Another form of water purification which uses a distiller to evaporate the water and capture the steam, which is then cooled and captured as water. It is also much more expensive to use than R.O. water.