Reverse Osmosis systems were originally created to remove salt from water. The series of filters and the membrane which lies horizontally atop the filter canisters are highly effective in removing salt and most contaminants from your source water. The only downside to drinking Reverse Osmosis water is that it makes water acidic and it removes minerals that your body requires from the water. If you use a reverse osmosis system, it is important to replenish the lost minerals through your diet, or by taking supplements. I recommend a consultation with a nutritionist or naturopath to review your dietary intake if you are drinking reverse osmosis water.
Some Good News
At one time, I recommended that people should remove their Reverse Osmosis systems unless they had to use the system to remove salt from the water generated by a water softener. My opionion changed when Antioxidant Filters were introduced to the market in 2010.
When you use an Antioxidant Filter in-line with a Reverse Osmosis system, you get the best of both worlds. By that, I mean you get the brilliant decontamination benefits of the RO system and you get the wonderful remineralization benefits of the Antioxidant Filter. It is easy to understand the benefits of getting the bad stuff out of the water, but not so easy to understand the benefits of drinking mineral rich alkaline water. The bottom line is that water that has been filtered through an Antioxidant Filter is rich in free hydrogen, the ultimate antioxidant and the the building block of every cell in our bodies.
An Antioxidant Filter, with its ability to remove chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, and many other contaminants can be used on its own for many source water conditions. However, to get the “best of the best”, or when your source water has a heavy volume of contaminants or pesky “difficult to remove” contaminants, a combination of a RO system and an Antioxidant Filter would be my choice.