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Thinking about upgrading your water filtration system? Concerned about the rise of drinking water contaminants even in industrialized nations? Wondering if fluoride could the one thing blocking your intuitive growth and inhibiting your health? If so, you're not alone.
A few months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night knowing I needed something new to filter my water.
While we live in a fairly modern area - it's known for having pretty unique geology features, which definitely influences the water quality. Along with additives placed in municipal drinking supplies, naturally occurring chemicals such as fluoride, arsenic and other pollutants are commonly found in our water, along with water sources all over the world.
Developing nation or industrialized, keeping water sources clear and pure has been a query of people all over the world for centuries. In modern nations, emerging pollutants such as prescription drugs, birth controls, and heart medications are not cleaned out of water sources after people go to the bathroom and all that flushing leads to the water treatment plant, and then, eventually, your local creek. In developing nations, parasites, particulate matter, and fecal matter would be more a concern.
Fluoride, though a naturally occurring element, has been a chemical that has been causing controversy for quite a long time - the last 60 years or so - and ever since it was added intentionally to water, people have been trying to get it out.
Why get Fluoride out of your water?
Fluoride is known to . . .
inactivate 62 different enzymes
increase the aging process
increase the incidence of cancer and tumor growth
disrupt the immune system
cause genetic damage
interrupt DNA repair-enzyme activity
increase arthritis and
be a systemic poison in large doses
It also affects and inhibits the pineal gland, which many people believe is the organ where intuition originates, as it regulates the sleep-wake, or meditative cycle - the body's ability to relax and perceive. This person wrote her whole PhD on it.
In the United States today, fluoride is intentionally put into water sources in the to help with teeth and bone health, with good intentions in mind. In early America, dental care was the absolute worst and dentures were much more common than they are today.
However good the intentions, though, when dosing it out through the municipal water system, it's hard to control how much or how little fluoride anyone gets. Dosing medications on a mass scale through the water system is well-intended, but it's a system that does have its flaws. For anyone who has ever worked in water chemistry, you'll know that creating a homogenous mixture and keeping it homogenous, especially in water, is difficult. Meaning that making sure that fluoride, added or naturally occurring, in water sources is provided in equal doses to all people, is extremely difficult, alas, the great fluoride debate.
Primarily fluoride is a problem because, in high doses, fluoride is poisonous.
Furthermore, most people prefer to dose themselves with trace minerals when they can or through their dentist, which is really the move that a great deal of people are making now.
So how do you get fluoride out of the water?
Previously there were only three ways to remove fluoride from water:
Or activated alumina
All of these systems are quite complex and have to be installed under the sink - a Brita Pitcher won't do it! Brita works on activated charcoal, and activated charcoal does not clear fluoride.
But there's a new pitcher on the scene that'll do the job.
Fluoride Free Water - with the Aquagear Pitcher
Recommended to me by a friend, what I've found works best is the Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher which filters out fluoride, lead, chloramines, chromium, and overall it removes 2,000% more contaminants than the Brita pitcher. I love it.
It has a five stage filter with two micron pores, including a lead and fluoride filter, which protects you and your family from contaminants that other filters miss. The filter does all this while keeping healthy trace minerals like calcium and magnesium in your water, which ZeroWater and Reverse Osmosis systems will strip out. So it's basically the best happy medium anyone could want.
It works just like a Brita or Pur Pitcher, but the Aquagear Pitcher (Amazon Link) is the Mercedes of Pitchers.
Before the Aquagear, I'd been using the Brita for years. It's nice and all but let's talk about upgrades you get by moving over to Aqua:
The one thing that got me about it is that it's replacement filter costs 3x more than the Brita's filter, but then I looked at the fine print: the Brita's water pitcher clears only 40 gallons of water per filter, needing replacement on average every two months, while Aquagear's system clears 150 gallons of water per filter, needing replacement on average every six.
Aquagear's Water Pitcher filters 3-4x as much water per filter.
On top of that, it looks a whole lot sleeker in the fridge, and it fits a lot nicer with a more rectangular shape, compared to the round shape of our old pitcher.
You never have to buy another Aquagear Pitcher either, if something should happen to yours. When I got mine, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that just like LL Bean's Clothing, there's a lifetime guarantee.
So when you go with Aquagear:
You are buying 3x fewer replacement filters
Contributing to less waste environmentally
Saving money and time
... all while getting a cleaner drinking supply.
After switching, we did a taste test between the Brita and the Aquagear, and could only notice a slight taste difference - the Brita water had a taste, and the Aquagear water didn't have much of one at all.
I now feel a whole lot better knowing my water is more purified and clean than it's ever been before.
This pitcher was first recommended to me by a friend and since we started using it in our house, we haven't gone back, which is why I'm bringing it to you here.
Note: About a month after we got our water pitcher, our water company mailed us to let us know they'd found exceedingly high levels of arsenic in our drinking water, due to geological features naturally releasing the molecule. We didn't panic, though because thankfully, Aquagear removes that too, so we were safe. No wonder I woke up in the middle of the night with a dream knowing I needed one.
Amanda Linette Meder
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