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Should You Filter Your Water?

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Filtering your water is an easy way to improve your health and wellness.

It's so important that everything you put in your body—from the food you eat, to the air you breathe—is safe, clean, and chemical-free. And with water comprising 60 percent of the human body, it's well worth it to make sure that your drinking water is purified and free of toxins.

While tap water is often considered "clean," it might not meet your high standards for healthy living. To find out what pollutants may be in your tap water, check your zip code on the Environmental Working Group's Tap Water Database.[1] The Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, but more than half the chemicals found in municipal water are not regulated.[2] That's why at-home water filters can make a big difference: both in improving the water you and your loved ones drink every day and in giving you priceless peace of mind.

How Do Water Filters Work?

At their most basic level, water filters work by creating a physical barrier to block potentially harmful impurities from your water.[3] In addition to physical filtration, some water filter systems utilize chemical filtration to increase their effectiveness. Chemical filtration passes water through a specific material that uses chemical reactions to neutralize undesirable contaminants from your water.

Benefits of Filtering Your Water

Although filtering your tap water may not be strictly necessary, it can still improve the quality of your drinking water. For example, many older buildings may still have copper or lead pipes which could pose a potential long-term health hazard.[4] In fact, research shows that nearly 28% of the U.S. population was impacted by violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act between 1982 and 2015.[5] Even if your tap water complies with state and federal laws, adding an additional layer of filtration can be valuable reassurance that your drinking water is safe. Even cheap, accessible tabletop water pitcher filters can help reduce the concentration of chemicals like arsenic or lead.[6]

Common Types of Water Filtration Systems

There are many ways to filter water for improved cleanliness and round-the-clock hydration. Picking out the right water filtration system depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and budget. Learn more about some of the most common types of water filtration systems.

Water filter pitchers

One of the most popular ways to filter your water is with a water filter pitcher. The effectiveness of water pitcher filter systems depends on the specific filter used. Some pitchers use single-stage filters that merely impact the taste of your water, while others use multiple layers of filters to remove harmful contaminants like lead. Pitchers are a great entry-level way to improve your drinking water—but there are more advanced methods that can achieve even more filtration.

Countertop water filter systems

Countertop water filter systems fit onto your home faucet with a small unit by the sink, providing ready-to-drink fresh water all day long. If you're looking for a budget-friendly water filtration system that doesn't compromise on performance, explore the H2O+ Pearl Countertop Water Filter System. Setup is quick, easy, and most importantly, this water filtration system gets rid of chemicals, bad tastes, and odors from your tap water. It even looks sleek and elegant on your countertop.

Undercounter filtration systems

If "set it and forget it" sounds like the right approach to you, consider an undercounter water filtration system like the H2O+ Coral Three-Stage Undercounter Water Filtration System. These systems fit under your sink to filter water before it comes out of your tap. This filtration system has a 600-gallon capacity that's designed to last 12 months, so you don't even need to think about whether your water is clean and purified. With a 3-stage filtration system, you can rest easy knowing it's eliminating over 75 contaminants.

Reverse Osmosis filtration systems

The most advanced type of water filtration system relies on reverse osmosis, an innovative technology that forces water across a semi-permeable membrane, leaving contaminants behind. Reverse osmosis is incredibly effective at removing impurities from the water while improving taste, odor, and appearance. For a sustainable, energy-efficient reverse osmosis filtration system, consider the H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis System. Its unique circular reservoir reduces water waste and eliminates any need for electricity by integrating the tank and filters—making it 10 times more efficient than traditional reverse osmosis systems. In addition, it easily installs under the counter, making it a sleek and practical way to improve your home's water.

Water Filters: Part of a Holistic Health Approach

Drinking filtered water is one of the easiest ways to prioritize your health and wellness. No matter which type of water filtration system you pick out, you can rest easy knowing that you're making the choice to remove impurities, chemicals, and contaminants from your family's water supply. You might even find yourself hydrating more intentionally throughout the day—a habit with myriad of health benefits. Just make sure to switch out your filters at the recommended cadence so that you can reap all of the benefits of your water filtration system. Sip away with a renewed sense of safety, confidence, and calm.

References:

[1] https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/

[2] https://www.epa.gov/sdwa

[3] https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/12/12/3377/htm

[4] https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/12/6443/htm

[5] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41545-021-00128-z

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5571974/