Saturday, October 27, 2012

Water Ionizers, Distillation, or Reverse Osmosis

As people are taking their diets and nutrition more seriously, and we learn more about the lax practices in drinking water maintenance and quality, more people are turning to water purification systems to make sure their drinking water is as clean as possible. People are worried about contaminants, chlorine, fluoridation, and many other things that enter the water supply.

So the real question is with a wide range of options available to clean water for personal use, which system is the best? Questions arise: which system works the best, which is the healthiest, which is the easiest to use, and even how these systems work. 

Distillation Units
The process of distillation is unique: instead of removing contaminants from your water, it removes your water away from your contaminants. Specifically, distillers heat water to the boiling point, trap the rising steam, and a cooling device to condense the water vapor into liquid again, leaving behind the contaminants. You end up with one tray full of clean water and another lined with left behind contaminants. The water is purified to drink.

The advantage of a distiller is easy installation, and that's about it. It really is just plug and use. The disadvantage is that a distiller strips water of all minerals – even the healthy ones. Water from distillers is also noted for their flat taste. Also, distillation units use way more electricity than simply boiling water on your stove-top would, because distilled water is all cooled and condensed. The process can take six to seven hours. 

Reverse Osmosis
The semi-permeable membrane used in reverse osmosis contains very tiny pores through which only water can flow. The small pores of this membrane are restrictive to compounds other than natural minerals, which have a larger molecular composition than water. These pores are also restrictive to bacteria and disease-causing microorganisms. Reverse osmosis is effective at cleaning water for drinking. In areas not receiving municipally treated water or at particular risk of waterborne diseases, reverse osmosis can be an ideal process to remove unwanted contaminants.

Reverse Osmosis machines don't have the same down sides as distillers: they don't remove all mineral content.  

Water Ionization machines
Water Ionizers are the only purification devices that filter your water and actually make your water healthier to drink. Machines like the Bawell Premier use electrolysis in addition to filtration to give water an antioxidant reductive property. If you are looking to balance your diet, increase nutrition uptake, and get more energy, this is the only choice. These are just some of the health benefits of ionizers and best of all they can be used with both distillation units and reverse osmosis machines. When used with distillation systems you will need to add minerals back into the water before it goes into the ionizer. When used with reverse osmosis you can actually just hookup the water ionizer machine directly to the RO system.

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