Reasons to Drink Filtered Water

Water is the most valuable resource we have and is essential to our health. Considering that statement, we must question the source of our water. There are a million reasons to drink water, but we believe filtering your water is the best way to consume your daily water.

  1. Money Saving

On average it costs about $0.10 per gallon to filter your own water. Bottled water costs about $9.60 per gallon on average. Filtering your own water saves you $9.50 per gallon of water you consume. Consider trying out a filter, you’d be surprised how much money you’ll have left over.

  1. Better water

Yes, there are state and federal regulations on municipal tap water, however not all pollutants are removed from the water. There are many additional pollutants that aren’t required to be removed from your water. This is technically legal as long as they don’t have serious health risks, but these pollutants are not something you would want to consume. The best way to know you’re drinking great tasting, and healthy, water is to use a filter and change it regularly.

- See more at: http://blog.discountfilterstore.com/blog/7-reasons-to-drink-filtered-water/#sthash.2c9uUK24.dpuf

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BOB VILA ON WATER FILTRATION

You want to know the water in your home is safe, but depending on what’s in it, you may not need a whole-house filtration system. If you’ve got hard water, scale can build up in the plumbing; your water pressure will seem to drop and your appliances will suffer. A water softener uses tiny resin beads to attract these minerals and remove them from the water as it enters your house.

If it’s just better drinking water you’re after, you don’t have to treat all the water that enters your home. Point-of-use filtration systems are generally pretty good at removing odors, bad tastes, bacteria and other things you’d rather not drink. They range in complexity from carbon filters in pitchers and icemakers to faucet-mount diverters. Or you might want a plumbed-in system that sends filtered water through an extra faucet next to the kitchen sink. Make sure the system you buy bears the mark of the national sanitation foundation, or NSF.

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/bob-vila-radio-water-filtration/#.VwJYCvkrLIU

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What is Granulated Active Carbon?

GAC is made from organic materials which have a high carbon content like coconut shells or coal. The material is heated in an oxygen-free chamber to activate the surface of the carbon, which is why these filters are often referred to as “charcoal” filters. The activated carbon better removes certain chemicals that are dissolved in water by trapping the chemicals in the carbon.

When choosing to install GAC water filtration systems in your home, it’s important to have a thorough water analysis done. The types and levels of contaminants, as well as your family’s average water use are important factors to consider when sizing a system.

Like all water filtration systems, proper installation and regular maintenance is important to maintain the highest function. With GAC filters, the carbon becomes saturated and no longer effective after a certain length of service. How often filters must be changed is also determined by the level of contaminants present and amount of water used. Some filters last for several years if water use and contaminants levels are low. If levels and use are higher, more frequent filter changes are advised.

http://blog.skillingsandsons.com/blog-1/using-granular-activated-carbon-to-filter-water-contaminants

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What is an activated carbon water filter?

The term “activated carbon” refers to a material that consists mostly of carbon (usually charcoal) that has been treated in a way that opens up millions of pores inside of it. The carbon naturally attracts certain organic compounds that are commonly found in tap water through a process known as “adsorption.” As water flows through the activated carbon media, the organic compounds in the water attach to the carbon surface while the rest of the water flows through the pores.

What are an activated carbon filter’s strengths?

An activated carbon water filter is great at removing organic compounds from your water. In particular, it is very effective for removing contaminants that affect the taste and smell(http://epa-water.com/water-treatment-blog/how-can-tap-water-develop-a-smell/) of your water, such as chlorine.

http://epa-water.com/water-treatment-blog/what-is-an-activated-carbon-water-filter/

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(Filtered) Water For Weight Loss!

How does “preloading” water before a meal contribute to weight loss…with absolutely no help from exercise or diet change? There are several ideas about why it works. The first is probably also the most obvious…it literally fills up empty space in your stomach, physically leaving less room for solid, caloric food. Another hypothesis is that hydrating your body before eating allows you to gauge how hungry you really are, as dehydration creates a type of “phantom hunger” that your brain confuses with the real thing. In any case, losing a pound a month simply by putting down two glasses of water is nothing to sneeze at!

But keep in mind that the type of water you ingest is just as important as the fact that you’re drinking it. Your goal here is to sip the purest, healthiest H2O you can find…because what’s the point of losing weight if you’re potentially contaminating your body? Water filtration is essential to remove sediments, minerals, chlorine, pathogens, pesticides and potentially life-threatening lead from the water we drink.

As we start the a new year, make a commitment to yourself. But rather than a commitment to looking better, make a commitment to feeling better. Rather than a commitment to hitting the gym hard on January 2, make a commitment to being healthier all year long. And rather than eating mindlessly and hating yourself for it after, make a commitment to drinking a couple glasses of (filtered) water before every meal. You’ll be amazed at how great your year will be…because of how great you feel throughout it

http://brondell.com/blog/

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Filtered Water Will Make You Smarter

Seriously.  Newborn rats raised on filtered tap water showed greater learning and memory ability than those drinking untreated tap water or bottled water.

A study by Chinese researchers published just this month, October 2014, shows a correlation between learning and memory abilities in new born rats and filtered or untreated tap water. The rats who drank the filtered tap water and whose parents were also drinking filtered tap water showed an increased ability to learn and solve problems than those drinking unfiltered tap water or bottled water.

While further study remains necessary this study links the pollutants in tap water to decreased learning ability. In particular it appears that the chlorination byproducts, the trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids (you can find these listed in your local water report)  may be the cause, though the authors admit that there may be other pollutants present which they did not measure.

In any case, there were five test groups of rats and the young pups drinking filtered tap water had the greatest learning and memory abilities.

http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?

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Lead in Drinking Water – Another Reason for Point Of Use Water Treatment

There is much coverage in all the media lately regarding lead in the water in Flint, Michigan and now in Sebring, Ohio.  We can also remember the same issue in Washington DC about 12 years ago.  According to the Mayo Clinic’s website Lead poisoning is a serious subject and one where elevated lead levels in children and pregnant women can cause learning disabilities and other health problems.  The symptoms of lead poisoning in children are varied and may seem similar to other common juvenile ailments, such as irritability, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and hearing loss, just to name a few.

It is also fully understood that lead in the water supply is only one of many causes of elevated lead levels.  Others being lead paint, lead in soil, lead in toys, pottery etc.

In almost all cases, lead in a water supply comes from exposure to lead in the plumbing, either in lead used to solder copper pipe together or from actual lead pipes, once commonly used as the feed lines to homes in older city water systems.  Naturally aggressive waters can dissolve the lead in contact with the water and add it to the water.  Even at elevated levels the lead is odorless, tasteless, and adds no color to the water.  The chemistry of lead in water is complex and lead can be found in many forms in water, both soluble and particulate.

https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2014_Lead.pdf

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What’s in Your Water?

While much of the water tested was of potable quality, according to NRDC, “about one third of the bottled waters we tested contained significant contamination (i.e., levels of chemicals or bacterial contaminants exceeding those allowed under a state or industry standard or guideline)”. The study went on to report that “one in four of the waters” in the study tested to be above the acceptable limits for “arsenic or certain cancer-causing man-made organic compounds”. Arsenic can cause health hazards including cancer, birth defects, reproductive disorders, and problems with the peripheral nervous system.

Based on its investigation, the EWG assigned “grades” to the top waters on the market, with an “A” being the best and “F” being the worst. The criterion for being graded was the company’s transparency, its water source, purification process, testing procedures, and any advanced treatment that the bottled water is put through. No brand scored an “A”. Only four brands of bottled water scored a “B”. Surprisingly, two of the most popular bottled water brands did not take home top marks – Dasani Purified Water received a grade of “C” while Aquafina Purified Drinking Water scored a grade of “D”.
These are just a few of the many legitimate concerns about bottled water and human health. For these reasons and more, it is invariably a better option (and a less expensive one) to filter your own water at home, and to invest in a portable bottle so that you can take your water with you wherever you go.
http://www.aquafilterplus.com/bottled-water.html
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Water Filtration and Home Water Filters

The surest way of making sure you are drinking the cleanest, contaminant free, water possible is to invest in a water filter of some kind for your home. Although home water filters, different from water softeners, may seem expensive at first, in the long run they are a very cost effective way of providing you and your family with pure drinking water. The alternative of buying bottled water will likely be more expensive than installing and running a quality water filter. There are also doubts about the purity of many bottled waters, with some commentators stating that unfiltered municipal tap water may even be purer, as it is much more strictly regulated.

Granulated, Activated Carbon Water Filters
This is the kind of filter most often found in the jug type portable filters that are widely available at kitchenware stores. This is the most basic form of filtration but is certainly worth having if your budget can’t reach any further. These filters will remove chlorine, some chemicals, mercury, large parasites and particulates.
It is extremely important to drink plenty of pure water every day if you suffer from environmental illness. To this end, if you are badly restricted financially, one solution would be to buy a cheap jug type granulated carbon filter, and also boil the filtered water to kill any microorganisms present.
http://www.ei-resource.org/treatment-options/treatment-information/water-filtration-and-home-water-filters/
NSA Water Filters

Water Filtration and Home Water Filters

The surest way of making sure you are drinking the cleanest, contaminant free, water possible is to invest in a water filter of some kind for your home. Although home water filters, different from water softeners, may seem expensive at first, in the long run they are a very cost effective way of providing you and your family with pure drinking water. The alternative of buying bottled water will likely be more expensive than installing and running a quality water filter. There are also doubts about the purity of many bottled waters, with some commentators stating that unfiltered municipal tap water may even be purer, as it is much more strictly regulated.

Granulated, Activated Carbon Water Filters
This is the kind of filter most often found in the jug type portable filters that are widely available at kitchenware stores. This is the most basic form of filtration but is certainly worth having if your budget can’t reach any further. These filters will remove chlorine, some chemicals, mercury, large parasites and particulates.
It is extremely important to drink plenty of pure water every day if you suffer from environmental illness. To this end, if you are badly restricted financially, one solution would be to buy a cheap jug type granulated carbon filter, and also boil the filtered water to kill any microorganisms present.
http://www.ei-resource.org/treatment-options/treatment-information/water-filtration-and-home-water-filters/
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