Can you achieve health through reverse osmosis? Companies are advertising that your drinking water is making you sick and that home reverse osmosis systems can make you well again. It is true that increasing your intake of healthy water can positively affect your health, but what comes out of home reverse osmosis systems may not be any “healthier” than your tap water. First, you have to understand that home reverse osmosis systems de-mineralize water. Trace minerals are good for your health and make your water taste better. Even if you have a very high mineral content, a better solution is an ion exchange system to balance the mineral content, not remove all of the minerals.
If you still think that you may be able to achieve better health through reverse osmosis, consider this. Home reverse osmosis systems do not block chlorine and other chemical contaminants. Chlorine, drugs, hormones, pesticides, herbicides and a thousand other chemicals are present in ground water and tap water. It is chemicals, more than anything else, that threaten our health, today. The idea that you that there are benefits to your health through reverse osmosis treatment may stem from the fact that it can remove “particulates”. Particulates are basically dirt. Dirt is not present in tap water. Modern well water is not contaminated with dirt. So, unless your only source of drinking water is a river, stream or mountain lake, you do not need home reverse osmosis systems. And, even if that is where your water comes from, safe water and better health through reverse osmosis alone is simply not possible.
In water sources that have not been disinfected, either with chemicals or UV treatment, there are bacteria, of all kinds. Waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid are caused by bacteria. Home reverse osmosis systems do not kill bacteria. They cannot disinfect the water. So, there is no better health through reverse osmosis, alone. No matter where you live or what your water source, home reverse osmosis systems cannot make it safe to drink. You will have less headaches, back and joint pain. If you suffer from arthritis, asthma or morning sickness, increasing your fluid intake will help. It’s just that home reverse osmosis systems do not create healthy drinking water. You would still need disinfection, carbon filtration and micron filtration.
Even with all of those extra steps, you would still have de-mineralized water. Research has shown that drinking de-mineralized water on a regular basis causes stomach problems, digestive disorders and mineral deficiencies. Hopefully, you see that there are no benefits to your health through reverse osmosis, but there are great systems on the market that cost less and can help you improve and protect your health. It’s worth the effort to look for one.