Filtered Water Vs Distilled Water – Which is the best system for your home?
In most states, the law requires the manufacturer of any type of water filter to state the exact specifications for the performance claims within the product’s performance data sheet.
It is mandatory that this document should specify the filtration statistics of each of the contaminants screened by the product in question as well as the cost of a replacement water filter.
This information is required to be enclosed in the packaging of the purification device and on any promotional material that is disseminated. Armed with that information, consumers are in a better position to compare the different water filters available in the market.
Drawbacks Of Comparing Water Filters
The comparison between one water filter and another might not be enough to make an accurate judgment. A sole focus on the most popular types of filtration often neglects non-leading brands as well as an array of other technologies capable of the same performance, if not better.
Examples of these include the typical “Distillation” and “Reverse Osmosis” systems.
There is, in fact, an underlying debate as to which of these water filters and water filtration methods are the most beneficial to the everyday consumer: de-mineralized water vs. filtered water.
Scientific studies point to filtered water which still contains the natural trace elements as the healthiest option currently available on the commercial market.
Adverse Effects of Distilled Water
Dr. Zolton Rona, author of “The Joy of Health”, highlights the potential long term damage of “mineral deficiencies and an acid state” as some of the more detrimental side- effects of de-mineralized water.
This fact is further supported by Dr. Paavo Airola, nutritionist and author of “How to Get Well” and “Cancer: Causes, Prevention and Healing.” He stated that the “extended consumption of distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies.”
So what happens when we drink de-mineralized water?
Why is it that water passed through a water filter is so much healthier?
The answer lies in the body and the way the body copes with de-mineralized water.
As mentioned before, the consumption of de-mineralized water causes a mineral deficiency and promotes acidity as it contains an abundance of hydrogen. To stabilize the effect of the acidity, our bodies tend to draw the minerals it needs from our teeth and bones, weakening them in turn.
Additionally it needs mentioning that our bodies release more free radicals in a systemic acidic environment, increasing the risks of cancer.
Another additional factor that should count as indisputable evidence of the health of filtered water is that nowhere on this planet is there any single natural occurring spring supply de-mineralized water.
In fact, all springs contain important trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium; minerals that are essential for our bodies to function properly.
TDS (total dissolved solids) meters are often used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the water filter at removing contaminants. This, however, is misleading as TDS meters really only indicate the amount of calcium, magnesium and other dissolved minerals in the water and are no indication whatsoever of the purity of the water or the level of contaminants.