Water Filtration and Water Purification: Similar, but Not the Same July 27 2017, 1 Comment
Water filters and water purifiers. Water companies sell them, but what separates one from the other? More importantly, which one is worth your money?
On the surface, filters and purifiers both make water more drinkable. However, both solutions come with risks that can leave a bad taste in your mouth and a pit in your wallet. Nonetheless, as we will always need clean water, we should take both systems into account.
Water Filtration: Making “Drinkable Vitamins”
Filtering removes contaminants from water as it flows and, until recently, has been one of the most common water purification methods. A look at the process tells us why: water simply flows through a device that blocks particles that would render it non-drinkable. No extra energy (or plumbing work) is necessary.
But how, exactly, does a water filter work? Especially in modern times, water filters have gotten pretty high-tech. Nonetheless, relatively-primitive materials like ceramic, glass fiber, and hyper-absorbent paper remain the backbone of these systems. Due to their porousness, they remove “large” chemicals like asbestos, lead, and mercury. However, they are not absorbent enough to purge minerals – small but essential elements – from water.
That’s right: especially from natural sources, minerals are essential. Water naturally contains minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium, helping the bones, eyes, and brain, minerals turn water into a “drinkable vitamin.”
Water Purification: Good in the Lab, Bad from the Tap
Like bad rhymes, water purification is a newer process. Moreover, it is a multi-step method that removes all particles from water to create 100% H20. Purified water is primarily used for research purposes. However, thanks to bottled water and the rise of home purification systems, it has become more common in American homes.
Some of the earliest forms of purification were chemical, effectuated with iodine and chlorine. Still used today, both processes kill viruses and bacteria while also ridding water of dirt and debris. Nonetheless, iodine poses a risk for pregnant women and consumers with thyroid conditions, while chlorine causes serious injury or death if administered in too high a dose. That said, most official sources advise chemical purification in emergencies only.
Water can be purified non-chemically with reverse osmosis (RO). RO resembles filtration, as water passes through a strainer. However, the holes in the strainer are smaller than those in filters, and the water does not flow naturally. Indeed, machine force and intense restriction clear the water of contaminants and minerals.
The fact that purification reduces contaminants and minerals should raise some red flags. Removing minerals makes water more acidic, which requires the body to use more minerals to neutralize the acid. Furthermore, as purified water doesn’t replace those minerals, it creates a greater risk of mineral deficiencies in those who don’t take vitamins. Overall, while purification is great for experiments, it isn’t great for humans.
The Adya Difference
As we’ve seen, filtration makes water healthier, even if it isn’t as sophisticated as purification. However, even though purification gets rid of chemicals that a filter would never touch, it also gets rid of minerals that make water healthy. Unfortunately, putting either system in your home comes at a cost: filtration systems constantly need replacement filters, and home purifiers (i.e. reverse osmosis systems) can reach over $1000!
Thankfully, Adya has a solution – and more! With the combination of Adya Clarity® and our Water Filtration System, you can have the best of both worlds. They combine cleanliness and healthiness to create a win-win situation, reducing over 250 contaminants while actually increasing mineral content.
Adya Clarity® is the only water purifier that reduces contaminants non-chemically without reducing minerals. In fact, Adya Clarity® is an all-natural trace mineral concentrate - it adds essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium to your water making it healthier and better-tasting. Our advanced 5-stage water filter system costs a fraction of those of the competition and replacement filters last 6-12 months.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to drink contaminant-free, mineral-rich water in your home, shop our products and taste the Adya difference today!