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Should I Drink High pH Alkaline, Reverse Osmosis, or Deionized Water?

So. You know you need filtered water for so many different reasons. You’ve done your research, read the studies, assessed your budget. You’ve even decided buying water in bulk is the best way for you and purchased a crock and a couple of 5 gallon, BPA free bottles.

Ready to just fill up and get going, right?

Then, you learn there are even more options: Reverse Osmosis, Deionized, and High pH Water. What kind of filtered water is best for me, for my family?

It’s totally overwhelming! So, we wrote a little crash course. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the three types of water offered by FreshPure® Waters:

High pH Alkaline Water

FreshPure® High pH Alkaline Water has a pH of 9.5 or above. The school of thought behind drinking High pH Alkaline water is simple: Pollution of our planet, a less than perfect diet, and a stressful lifestyle can easily cause acidity in the body. So, incorporating alkaline water may help to offset the impact of daily life.

It goes through the entire Reverse Osmosis purification process, so you may drink it for reasons listed below and additional health benefits.

Great Reasons to Choose High pH Alkaline:

  1. You’re a coffee drinker. Coffee has a pH of 4.3-4.7, and is a strong diuretic (it makes you pee). Drinking High pH Alkaline water helps to balance both the acid and dehydration.
  2. You’ve been eating a particularly acidic diet that includes more sweets, meats, or alcohol than usual. Festive holiday fare is a great example!
  3. You feel a cold or flu coming on. Disease thrives in an acidic environment, so alkalinity may help you stay healthy!
  4. Trace minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium help balance electrolytes and support your health.
  5. It has a strongly negative Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) (between -200 and -250 depending on the source) which is similar in health effects to antioxidants. Green tea and carrot juice (known for their high levels of antioxidants) both have an ORP of -50, while adding chlorine to water creates a disinfectant effect and high ORP. More on ORP coming soon!

RO: Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is super-clean drinking water, perfect for daily use. The highly technical RO process removes contaminants down to 1000th of a micron from water. For a little reference, a human hair is 3-5 microns in diameter.

Literally hundreds of thousands of contaminants including chlorine, fluoride, pharmaceutical drugs, excess minerals, heavy metals, microplastics, and unregulated or emerging contaminants (chemicals and compounds not yet regulated by the EPA) are removed by Reverse Osmosis Technology.

It’s safe, delicious, and very affordable. Reverse Osmosis is a great option for anyone who no longer wants to drink their well water, city water, or bottled water

Great Reasons to Choose RO:

  1. It tastes delicious!
  2. Your municipal water supply has that “swimming pool” taste from chlorine.
  3. You live near an agricultural farm that may use pesticides which easily seep into groundwater.
  4. You want to avoid pharmaceutical drugs that may have dissolved into water.
  5. City plumbing and infrastructure can cause dangerous levels of contaminants to enter water supply, like the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. A similar situation is coming to light in Plainfield Charter Township, Michigan.
  6. You live near an industrial plant of any kind that may dispose of chemical waste improperly. The current water crisis in Wilmington, North Carolina is one such example.
  7. You live downstream of a mine that may cause high levels of minerals to enter water. Here’s an example from Denver, Colorado.

DI: Deionized Water

Deionized Water is H20 purification on a molecular level. DI technology removes electrically charged molecules from water as well as any trace minerals left over after passing through the Reverse Osmosis membrane.

Great Reasons to Choose DI:

  1. Your humidifier, coffee machine, essential oil diffuser, or iron is getting clogged by excess minerals (hard water).
  2. Supporting your body through a special diet or cleanse.
  3. Some doctors recommend DI for folks with heavy metal toxicity.
  4. Your well water is too mineral rich (hard water).

We hope this helps you choose the best water for you!

FreshPure®  Waters Removes Lead from New Orleans Tap Water

     

New Orleans’ Inspector General’s Office released a new report July 19th, calling on the city and Sewage & Water Board to support New Orleans residents. The report “recommends the city take specific steps to help residents protect themselves, like handing out water filters and developing incentive programs to help low-income families remove lead service pipes on their property.

“Lead is a neurotoxin that has been linked to impaired cognitive development and functioning in adults and children. Lead exposure is especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

Up until now, campaigns to curb lead exposure in New Orleans and nationwide have focused on dangerous lead contamination in soil and house paint. Still, the EPA estimates drinking water consumption accounts for up to 20 percent of lead exposure nationally.

How are New Orleans kids faring? The IG report says Orleans Parish in 2015 reported blood lead level test results for 6,963 children aged six and under, or only a quarter of that age group. The tests showed 11.2 percent of kids tested in New Orleans had blood lead levels at or greater than 5ppb, which the CDC has associated with diagnosis of attention-related behavioral problems and decreased cognitive performance.”

Even though water treatment plants are carefully regulated by the EPA, a lot can happen to water as it travels to your faucet. Tap water is dependent upon the condition of city infrastructure and your home’s plumbing. Asbestos, copper, brass, PVC, and lead, like in New Orleans, are all common plumbing materials that have all been linked to health disorders.

To learn more about the situation in New Orleans, take a look at the entire Times-Picayune article here:  Should New Orleanians be concerned about lead in their tap water? New report says yes

New Orleans is the Nation

New Orleans is not alone in trying to solve this major public health issue. Cities around the US including Cincinnati, Denver, and Washington D.C. are all taking measures to ensure that city water is clean and safe. Measures include revamping pipe systems and alerting residents to potential danger. But, it takes time and resources to address complex infrastructure issues, and people need clean water right away.

Safe, Clean, Affordable.

FreshPure® Waters is proud to offer clean, affordable water to New Orleans residents. Municipal water flows through multiple filters removing lead as well as hundreds of thousands of potentially harmful compounds, just as we have been since 1991. Our comprehensive filtration process, backed by constant monitoring, ensures that FreshPure® Waters are always clean and healthy, so you and your family can feel safe.

New Orleans Locactions of FreshPure® Waters:

·Whole Foods Market: 300 N Broad Street, New Orleans LA 70119

· Whole Foods Market: 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

· Whole Foods Market: 5600 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115