Reverse Osmosis Water -- Health Advantages and DisadvantagesA Few Disadvantages
You might be interested to know that reverse osmosis was actually developed as a water treatment method over 40 years ago. The process was used primarily to de-salinate water.
The following are three of the main disadvantages of drinking R.O. water:
1. The water is demineralized.
Since most mineral particles (including sodium, calcium, magnesium, magnesium, and iron) are larger than water molecules, they are removed by the semi-permeable membrane of the R.O. system.
Even though you may find some contradictory information online about the health benefits of reverse osmosis water, I am convinced that drinking de-mineralized water is not healthy.
The World Health Organization conducted a study that revealed some of the health risks associated with drinking demineralized water.
Just a few of the risks include gastrointestinal problems, bone density issues, joint conditions, and cardiovascular disease. (See reference below to review the WHO study online.)
Removing the naturally occurring minerals also leaves the water tasteless. Many people thus have to add liquid minerals to their R.O. water to improve the taste.
Lol, you are taking it out of context buddy,from the first article:
Commercially and municipally demineralized water is commonly "stabilized" by adding minerals and trace elements after processing. The purpose for this is not to replace essential nutrients, it is to make water taste or smell better, or make it more stable or less corrosive for use in various industrial processes. If improved health was the reason for re mineralization, the choices and forms of minerals (and their ratios) would be very different. Households who use demineralization on their drinking water to purify it seldom, if ever, do anything to remineralize it, so many people are now drinking demineralized water.
your second article:
C. Use only a carbon filter or other natural filter. Do not use a multi-stage filter to remove fluoride, lead, etc. These damage the water in some subtle way, in my experience.
can we put this to rest just yet or would you like to post some more.
Water purification involves processing water to remove unwanted contaminants (also referred to as demineralization). Water demineralization removes health supporting minerals that are found naturally in water too. Most water re mineralization efforts are done strictly for commercial or industrial purposes. A World Health Organization report, ‘Health Risks From Drinking Demineralized Water,’ discusses that consumption of demineralized water (distilled, reverse osmosis, deionized, desalinated) poses several health risks that may include damage to intestinal mucosa and loss of minerals due to increased diuresis. The report states that chemically pure water (e.g., distilled, reverse osmosis, de-ionization) should be re mineralized before consumption, and that it is difficult, if not impossible, to reconstruct the complexity of the structure found in natural water. Avoiding common table salt and increasing your use of high-quality sea salt can help. The safest, most effective way to ensure you have the proper mineral levels and ratios to support healthy cellular function is with hTMA guided nutrition.
Possibly none of the commonly used ways of re-mineralization could be considered optimum since the water does not contain all of its beneficial components. Current methods of stabilization are primarily intended to decrease the corrosive effects of demineralized water. Health risks from drinking demineralized waterCommercially and municipally demineralized water is commonly "stabilized" by adding minerals and trace elements after processing. The purpose for this is not to replace essential nutrients, it is to make water taste or smell better, or make it more stable or less corrosive for use in various industrial processes. If improved health was the reason for re mineralization, the choices and forms of minerals (and their ratios) would be very different. Households who use demineralization on their drinking water to purify it seldom, if ever, do anything to remineralize it, so many people are now drinking demineralized water.
Demineralized water has little or no minerals. If you are using a distiller, a reverse osmosis unit (RO), or de-ionization (ion exchange resins) you are demineralizing your water. Research on heart disease and cancer has demonstrated that hard water and water that is moderately high in TDS (total dissolved solids) has a health benefit. Purifying devices remove everything from your water, not only harmful bacteria and toxic minerals, but beneficial minerals as well. This nutrient-mineral stripped water cannot sustain life even in a fish bowl. Fish require minerals, and if placed in demineralized water they perish.
I guess it's all up to the individual... I certainly won't drink demineralized water.Demineralized water is not considered ideal drinking water. Consumption may not provide adequate levels of beneficial nutrients. Sufficient evidence is now available to confirm the health consequences from drinking water deficient in calcium or magnesium. Drinking water should contain minimum levels of certain essential minerals. F. Kozisek