About the water we drink

About the water we drink

Have you ever wondered what kind of water you wash your face, rinse your mouth, and take a shower with? What kind of water do you use to wash your clothes and wash your dishes? If you’re already a veteran biohacker, maybe you’ve thought about it. But the vast majority of people don’t.

As for me, I am very serious about it. I have so-called “pre-filters” or otherwise main filters for cold and hot water in my home. Through them the water goes to the whole apartment: kitchen, washing machine, bathroom… The only place where I do not clean the water is the toilet.

Of course, such pre-filters don’t do a perfect water purification, but still enough to clean it from most mechanical impurities (rust, sand) and from dissolved (chlorine, etc.). They need to be changed depending on how often you use the water. Generally it is from 3 to 6 months on average. If you don’t change them in time, there is no point in cleaning them.

I don’t bother much with the choice of pre-filters. I just buy more or less normal, mid-priced ones. This is enough for me to take a shower and wash in the sink without risk to my health.

Although, for the kitchen and drinking water, I have a more serious devices: I have an additional filter with a reverse osmosis system. This filter has 4 cartridges:

  1. The first one serves to mechanically pre-treat the water;
  2. Then the water goes into the second cartridge, which removes harmful impurities, including suspended solids, chlorine, heavy metals and organic matter;
  3. The third cartridge removes bacteria, viruses, nitrites, nitrates, antibiotic residues and hardness salts;
  4. And the fourth cartridge enriches the water with Mg and Ca.

About the water we drink

These also need to be changed as pre-filters, but infrequently. As a rule, it is 6-12-18 months. You can buy a system that will tell you when to change the filter, or follow a standard recommendation.

Such filters under the sink are very convenient, because you use purified water in the same way as normal. All you need it’s just turn on the faucet.

Of course, such systems are not cheap. Personally, it took me about $150 to equip the bathroom and $250 for the kitchen. If you’re not ready to spend that kind of money, there is a more economical alternative – a filter pitcher. There will not be the same degree of purification, of course, but it is better than nothing or just boiling water.

Why is it so important?

I assume we are all adults and know that it is harmful to drink untreated water. In many African countries it is the №1 cause of human deaths. And even though I don’t live in Africa, I have no confidence in the water that comes into our apartments. Maybe this water “on paper” may meet the standards, but who sets these standards and how often are these standards actually monitored?

Personally, I’m not willing to take that risk. Through dirty water we can catch infectious diseases. In addition, no one knows in what condition the pipes through which water flows into our homes or apartments. There may be a good cleaning, but as long as the water reaches us through these pipes, it may no longer be safe.

The average human body consists of 60-65% water. So the quality of the water we drink has a direct impact on our health.

If you consume enough purified water every day, you get rid of a lot of potential illnesses. At the same time harmful water can cause irreparable damage to your health. Another bonus of installing filters at home is that the water tastes better. This is of course subjective, but I can tell by looking at myself that the difference is big.

Take into consideration an important nuance when selecting a filter: it should remove only harmful substances in the water. Useful properties must leave, or compensate. As for the main filter, it will be a plus for your skin. As well as extend the life of your appliances, such as washing machines.

And remember: boiling water does not make it harmless to health. Some harmful substances such as iron salts, elements of cadmium, mercury, nitrates remain in the liquid even after heat treatment. In addition heat treatment of water destroys its structure, useful compounds that are in its composition, so such water is often called “dead”. Boiling also removes the oxygen necessary for the body. So this is not a solution to the problem.


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