I have fond memories of drinking lake water off the edge of my paddle during breaks on canoe trips with my Dad when I was a kid. We never gave a second thought to pollution or contaminants in the water.
Times have changed, and not for the better when it comes to drinking water. At some point in time over my life, we started buying jugs of water from the local store that sold water purified by reverse osmosis. It seemed strange to “BUY” water in the summer, but like so many other things in life you just adapt.
When I eventually became aware that the water from our taps in the city was not healthy, I was faced with a dilemma. My first thought was to install a reverse osmosis unit. However, by that time I had learned that RO water left the water acidic and depleted of valuable minerals. I had also learned about the incredible health benefits that could be derived from drinking energized/ionized water.
The solution seemed simple to me as all you had to do was combine a RO system with a water ionizer. Unfortunately, the solution didn’t work at the time because the only water ionizers available on the market were electric water ionizers and they don’t work together. Electric water ionizers require the presence of alkali metals to provide ionization to produce alkaline water. Since RO systems remove all of the contaminants from the water including the alkali metals, it is easy to understand the problem.
When I learned about non-electric water ionizers (aka natural water ionizers), I realized that a solution for clean and healthy water was possible. Natural water ionizers create stable or natural energy by introducing water to filters packed with alkali metals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, or sodium). As such, natural water ionizers can work in perfect harmony with RO systems because the clean and pure water from the RO system can then be ionized.
RO water is unhealthy for two reasons. First, our bodies are supposed to be alkaline instead of acidic, so drinking acidic water causes problems. Second, our bodies require minerals for good health and RO systems remove them.
The RO industry has finally woken up to the fact that the acid water which is devoid of minerals is bad for your health. Now the industry is scrambling to find a way to remineralize the water so that it can be both clean and healthy/energized. The solutions that I’m seeing on the internet are the wrong solutions. The RO companies are offering calcite and corosex remineralization filters as a solution. Unfortunately, neither product was designed to work with the aggressive acidic water produced by RO systems. The acidic water depletes the media in the filters much faster than the sellers are letting on and they are putting too much calcium and or magnesium into the water. As a result, the formation of kidney stones is a real possibility.
There is a healthy RO solution
RO’s are great for purifying the water, but to be healthy, they require a remineralization media that won’t cause potential health issues. I’m told they will be on the market soon as I have been testing them since last December.