Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The Truth About Reverse Osmosis Water

Lets face it............we would have to be award winning chemists, to figure out just how our bodies react to the effects of drinking reverse osmosis water.

A simpler term would be distilled water. You probably have used it to water plants or used it in your steam iron, so it wouldn't leave rust stains on your clothes.

But how does the reverse osmosis home system turn ordinary tap water into distilled water? To put it simply, water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed back to a fluid state. There, that's really all you need to know about the process. But what is the end result?

The end result is distilled water, which is free of dissolved minerals.

Studies have shown that distilled water has a special property of being able to absorb toxic substances from our bodies. They can then be eliminated in our urine. Not bad right?

Some studies have indicated that it may have a use in short term detoxification. A few weeks at a time may be ok.

But it is the long term effects that we need to take a closer look at.

The lack of minerals in reverse osmosis water may have some long term effects that may harm our bodies . Distilled water is even used in producing cola and other soft drinks.

Studies have shown that people who drink large amounts of soft drinks, have large amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals in their urine.

This is due to the acidic nature of distilled water. It pulls these minerals from our bodies in an attempt to balance the higher PH levels in our bodies due to the consumption of these products. Our bodies need these minerals to function properly!

Are you starting to get the picture here?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being almost mineral free is very aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water. Carbon dioxide from the air is easily absorbed by distilled water making it even more aggressive.

Is this what we want to put into our bodies. Is the the reverse osmosis home system our best choice for water filtration? Let me go on to say that many reports that I have read, indicate that mineral loss contributes to a greater risk of diseases like osteoporosis, hypothyroidism and coronary artery disease.

Drinking reverse osmosis water may actually have an affect on how fast we age? I don't know about you, but I think there are better alternatives.

The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.

Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.

Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. A combination of a charcoal filter, along with a sub-micron filter will not only make the water taste better, but remove not only chlorine and lead, but also many of the cancer causing chemicals that are introduced to our water supplies due to industrial practices of today.

In conclusion, the reverse osmosis home system, may not be our best choice for water filtration in our homes.

Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals). Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of distilled water.

Jim Riley is a passionate spokesman about the health benefits of purified drinking water. Visit his site now at to discover the purification system he endorses and why.

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