Have you ever wondered about the different types of water filters available? I used to think they were all the same until I learned about the different technologies that are available to us.
Most people know about activated carbon and reverse osmosis filters, but few have heard about UV and infrared filters?
After I did some research and read up on the available filters, I discovered that it’s difficult to disagree that you don’t have to settle only for what’s popular or familiar.
It’s important to educate yourself on the filters so that you can decide which one you prefer. Some filters make your water taste better. Other filters even add softness to your water. No one would ever willingly choose hard water.
Where I live, hard water is practically guaranteed. It’s obvious in the mineral deposits left on your faucets and handles.
Unless you have reliable water filter or a water softening system in your home, you’ll have to deal with hard water and its undesirable effects, such as drying out your skin and leaving residue on your body that you don’t want.
Hard water is also awful for my dry scalp as well. And if hard water does that to the external part of our bodies, how do you think it affects us internally when we drink it?
So often we forget about how chemicals and such affect us. It’s not until years later that we notice the damage they’ve done. That’s why it’s so important to find out what’s best for our bodies and to care for them in the best way we can.
A few weeks ago, one of our friends came over to test the water from our refrigerator. He insisted that no matter what we thought of our water filter, he guaranteed that we’d be surprised by the test results.
Intrigued, we watched as he put our water into various glass vials and used a dropper to add some sort of chemical to it. Based on the color change, he then showed us a chart that revealed the contaminants that were in our water.
He was right. We were shocked at the amount of minerals and residue found in our drinking water. No wonder our water always had a filmy taste to it.
Then our friend switched out our water filter with the filter he used in his home. He ran the same test, and the color change showed that the contaminants were drastically reduced. When we tasted the water, the filminess was gone. Plus, the water tasted great. That’s when he shared that our filter used reverse osmosis, while his was a UV filter.
It wasn’t that our filter was bad, but it wasn’t as great at getting rid of the contaminants as the UV filter.
Based on this information and the fact that we preferred the taste of this water, we gladly switched to a UV filter. After our friend left we also started learning more about our water filter and the other ones as well.
Interestingly, when our family members came over and drank water from the new filter, they always said that our water tasted better.
My brother made iced coffee the other day and marveled that the coffee he always made tasted so much better than it normally did. I told him about the new filter, and he decided to change his filter at home as well.
Pretty soon our whole family asked questions about our filter. We didn’t tell them to use the same one as ours. Instead, we told them to do their own research and decide for themselves.
It’s easy to make a decision based on someone else’s recommendation, but if you truly want to know something it’s best to take responsibility for your own actions.
I found it amusing that simply changing one little thing started a chain reaction. We started looking into what else we could improve in our home. Minimizing toxicity became a theme that we continued to work towards. We even started looking at the fruits and vegetables that we ate.
None of these changes occurred overnight, but the more we learned about everything we put into and on our bodies, the more we wanted to make sure we were doing everything we could to be healthy.
And it all started with carefully looking at the water we drank.